now I am convinced by the nap! As most workaholics (and dog owners) I don't get enough sleep as I'm out of bed at 5.30 most days and never in early enough to make it 7 or 8 hours (even on Sundays). I discovered power naps when I was writing up a thesis a few years ago and it's been my secret weapon. Even in the library (never mind what the people say! I know what I' doing!) - and I'm just only discovering that stepping up on the elliptical (as most of my work is done from home) will do wonders when I feel drained and sleepy!
7/15/2009 9:24:03 AM
Mike - Thanks SO much for this article. Your articles are the best, and the ones that I always save to read again later! I work at home in front of a computer all day, so this was just what I needed to jumpstart the slump I've been in!
I have to agree with some of these other comments left. I would like to see some articles pertaining to on-the-go jobs--jobs that are in the healthcare fields for example. I am a veterinary assistant and am on my feet 90% of my day, my husband is a chef so he's on his feet all day, so is my brother and my sis-in-law works respiratory in a hospital. We have had various talks about other things we could try at work yet it would be great to hear some from a professional too.
GREAT article!!! However, for me, it is more like 3 AM in the morning, when the screen is not only blurry, but my hands get heavy on the keys and I ZOOM through my charting, and have to go BACK and redo it...hate that.
Some things I do to help me get through this tough time....Drink those little bottles of ENERGY drink. They really do help. I can drink coffee and go right to bed, so that never worked. The OTHER thing I do , is take a break and do a Sudoku puzzel!!! That really stimulates the brain and gets me more awake.
Some really great ideas - so true about posture: I'm new to an office atmosphere (only 6 months so far) and I'm finding by focusing on my posture at least once an hour, I'm able to keep awake and focused. I'm going to try to incorporate some of those exercises, too.
I used to work with a man that would turn off the lights in his office and lay down flat on his back under his desk and take a nap. He would notify the receptionish he would not be taking calls for the next 30 minutes. When the phone started ringing again, he knew it was time to get up. Personally, taking a short, brisk walk always worked the best for me. Cleared my head to get some fresh air.
I just signed up for this site yesterday and I have already found the online exercises and I have done two for a total of 25 minutes and I am going to tell you, I feel great! I am much more energized. They were both for people who are at desks all day and they are really good. My brother is getting married in Destin, Fl next May and I am really trying to loose 80 lbs. between now and then. I don't want to loose just for the wedding but I want to loose weight for my life. I want to enjoy my life again.
Interesting ideas! What is working for me is going for a 35-45 minutes walk each day at lunch. I also try to take the stairs everytime I have to go to a meeting on a different floor. I don't drink coffee at all but I drink each day a cup or two of green tea and watch always what type of cards I'm eating. As long as I eat complex carbs with low GI number my energy level stays the same all day long.
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