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Working is integral for any adult. Everyone needs to work to sustain themselves. However, some practices can be detrimental to your mental health. As such, it is advisable to develop better working routines that foster healthier practices. Here is how you can achieve this.
Prepare a To-Do List
Going to the office without a plan spells disaster since you will have no idea what you are required to do. Find out what your tasks for the next day or week are, then make a timetable early enough. This way, you will not spend time running around trying to look busy, when, you have nothing to do. A to-do list helps keep you focused, motivated, and productive.
The human mind is known to concentrate for about 20 minutes, before requiring a break. Every person’s concentration span is different. Once you master your limit, ensure that you take breaks in between to avoid zoning out. Taking short breaks after every two hours or so enables the mind to relax and refresh itself. This allows you to digest information effortlessly, making it easier for you to come up with new ideas.
Avoid Logging into Social Accounts
It takes a lot of self-control for any person not to log on to social media while working. You could be working on a draining task, but do not give in to the temptation because what starts as a five-minute interruption could extend up to an hour or more. In the long run, you will discover that you have wasted time laughing as opposed to being productive.
Stay Out of the Office During Lunch
Some people can be tempted to stay behind the desk during lunch, especially if they had carried something to bite from home. While staying in the office allows you to resume working on time after the lunch break is over, it can be a bit tricky considering that you may be tempted to work on unfinished business when your meal is up. Leave the office and spend the hour chatting with your colleagues or just lounging in the restaurant.
Complete the Difficult Tasks First
Most people are usually active during the morning hours. Once the afternoon sets in, the mind goes into a more relaxed mode. As such, it becomes difficult to tackle any tough tasks that may have been pushed your way. So, once you get to the office, begin with the challenging assignments and finish off with the easy ones. Once these are done, you can then reply to the emails or set the meeting for the afternoon when your mind is not so fresh.
Working like a robot will not produce any meaningful results. In any case, you end up draining yourself of the little energy you have left. Take breaks, laugh a little, eat healthily, and read books to increase your thinking capacity. Also, ensure that you have office stationery on your desk so that you can write down any ideas before they fly off your head.