there are ways to beat it
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After that productive morning and your inbox is finally clean, the afternoon slump strikes. The clock strikes 2 PM and let’s face it, we are down for the count. Sure, it’s normal to feel tired once the afternoon rolls around. Did you know circadian rhythms, which affect our sleep patterns, may be to blame for the midday-slump? Ina ll reality our sleep patterns aren’t the only culprits of our slump, what we eat, hydration levels, and how much time we spend staring at a screen also affect those sleepy eyes.
Here are a few tips to beat that afternoon dip in productivity.
Have a snack.
Have a snack to help boost energy levels. Try an apple, a handful of nuts, or another high-protein snack to keep alert.
Try a walking meeting.
Take that meeting to the streets and discuss what you would in the office outdoors. Sometimes this is a little difficult, which I understand. If your office has a Penthouse or there is a dark nearby move the meeting to one of those locations if you have to take some notes.
Have you been working on that same project for five hours? Try tackling something else (like a new smaller project, or reading some emails) to stay stimulated and keep things fresh at the desk.
Take a catnap.
Sometimes the best remedy for fatigue is to simply shut the eyes. Learn how to power nap (10-20 minutes of snooze time!) to get that midday boost you really need.
Schedule an appointment.
Schedule that dreaded dentist appointment during your lunch for some forced activity that prevents us from feeling doze-y. This way, you avoid eating at your desk, no one likes doing that!
Take a break.
Tired? Take five or get a Take Five. For five minutes do something that isn’t work related. Call a friend, go for a walk, read the news, you could even play a game of Sudoku.
Turn up the tunes.
Listening to your favorite music to help you focus, in turn, this will also make you feel more energized. Remember though, listen with headphones to really hone in on a tasks and your office mates will be thankful for your respect.
Kitts and puppies!
This one sounds really silly I know, but take a minute and google “kitties” or “puppies” just seeing those little rascals will make you feel better. I think it deals with the cuteness factor.