Having a long successful career is the goal. It affords us financial security, better pay, benefits, and not to mention mental stability and less financial insecurity. It even gives us a boost in our morale. When we talk about longevity, we don’t usually hear about the day-to-day habits that help us maintain our health so we can see our hard work pay off. We wanted to focus on some daily healthy habits and tips to increase our productivity at work. These tips are excellent across the board. They’re perfect for those who love the work they do and for those who might be considering a transition soon.
- Spruce your office up. Buy some flowers for your desk. An organized, bright environment with a touch of something fresh and beautiful goes a long way.
- Write down what your top priorities are each day and do them when you have the most energy. If you’re most productive in the morning, knock those items out first thing in the morning.
- Delegate as many things as possible to help clear your plate for the more important items that take more of your attention and time.
- Take real lunch breaks. Taking a break is essential for your brain. We have to be sharp at work, and our brains need that break to recharge. Step away from your computer and phone and disengage, even if just for 15 mins.
- If you have time, and if you’re back in the office, bake treats for your team. Have you ever noticed how people light up around food? Create that positive atmosphere with treats. Or with healthy snacks. Try our chocolate chip cookie recipe found in both our blog and our Instagram. This is a great way to create a fun work environment. And fun work environments mean healthier employees.
- If you haven’t used your vacation time, do it! You need that time away.
- If you need a mental health day, a day where you take off work and catch up on your personal life, take it.
- Set boundaries. Set a hard stop time and communicate with your team on when that is. That way, people feel like they’re in the loop. It also offers you and your team clarity on when there will be focused time for work and when you will be taking a break. It also encourages others to follow suit. If your whole team sets the same hard stop time, they’re more likely to be productive during your working hours.
- If you’ve had a challenging day, saying how you feel out loud to a friend or family member is helpful. Bottling it up isn’t. Acknowledging ourselves out loud is important.
- Take 60 seconds each day to stop what you’re doing, close your eyes, and take 5 deep breaths. Try to employ this habit before responding to a stressful email, before a meeting, or before having a tough conversation. This centers you and grounds you in the moment.
We hope these were helpful!
Dr. Horowitz & Staff