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Energy Boosts at Work

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  • Not sure where people work but as an HR consultant I can safely say many of these ideas might get "demerits" - walk over and talk to people? Unless it's a planned meeting you may be interrupting something else. And who of us are so disciplined we wouldn't linger over the conversation - kids, lunch plans? Buy a cordless phone for your office. The office is still one of the places we have landlines but most are fixed in place. It's also a matter of customer service. Many places require headsets ... even in adm. jobs. Close the door - kidding right. A definite business no-no in these litigious times unless your office has a window. Even employee review time can be skewed if someone isn't happy.
  • I try to do a lot of the things mentioned here and it's a good reminder to try some new things. My lunch hour is at a less busy time than most of the other employees. In our break room we have two cushioned chairs in the corners. I put my book on my lap and look down at it to read. My eyes close and I doze off on a regular basis and it's helpful. I'm not the only one either. If someone says they are tired and they look like they are going to crash, the others try to keep quiet so they can sleep. It might not work in all workplaces but it can be done. I do this more often in winter, but in summer I try to get out and take a walk instead.
  • The several jobs I had in customer service and telephone case management did not offer the luxury of offices with doors. We worked in small cubicles and could see the other people over the dividers if we stood up. I can see standing up and walking somewhere, and using the steps (often the stairwells were empty totally) would work. Snoozing a definite no-no, you could get fired for that at almost every job I ever had. This article does offer a "think outside the box" approach and gets the mind working on what else might help.
  • I am a stay at home mother with a highly unfocused child. Some of these ideas might work for us. My daughter is usually a contortionist during her studies. She does not sit still. I land up exhausted while she runs circles around me.

    Maybe I will try a few of these things to wear her down a little while giving me energy. Maybe i will challenge her on the stairs and stuff. I use it is worth a try.
  • I am a stay at home mother with a highly unfocused child. Some of these ideas might work for us. My daughter is usually a contortionist during her studies. She does not sit still. I land up exhausted while she runs circles around me.

    Maybe I will try a few of these things to wear her down a little while giving me energy. Maybe i will challenge her on the stairs and stuff. I use it is worth a try.
  • BARB54312
    I agree with most of these ideas. I don't think my boss would go for the nap though. lol
  • Some of these ideas are good. But how does one squeeze a 20 minute nap in at work unless they work at home or in a closed off office where no one can see them? Same goes for the push up against the desk o.O
  • Good to have a mental break too. I work 10 hour days at a desk, and I found that walking on all my breaks (two 15s and 20 minutes of my 30 minute lunch) helps TREMENDOUSLY as well.
  • Multitasking Mover and Mindful Master. Kinda makes sense.
  • Don't work. Great article.
  • Good practical advice; however, the lead-in quip to article mentioned those who stand on [their] feet all day yet there was no mention of how to deal with that.
  • I sat up straight while reading the article! I work from home usually, and slouching is a bad habit I need to break.
  • Quick, easy, useful recommendations. Thank you!
  • Everything sounded great except the walking meeting. However a brainstormning meeting with two or three people may be great. It's just hard to take notes when you're walking. Maybe I will try it with one person on my team, we'll call it action research.
  • SUNNYBABY23
    This is the reminder I needed! I have been snacking (started with the bad stuff - junk - have moved onto healthier items - edamame, rice cakes - but still snacking in order to stay awake is not a good habit) and drinking tons of coke zeros... next week will bring a fresh start.

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