We’ve all been there: the clock hits 3:30 pm and so begins the long stretch to finish your workday while trying to maintain your productivity. Other than going for your third (or fourth) cup of coffee, here are five ways to boost your energy, refocus your mind, and end your workday on a high.
1. Go for a walk
According to one study, four experiments have shown that walking can increase creativity. Take your next afternoon meeting on the go or set aside 15 minutes to go for a short walk around the block to get your body moving and your creative juices flowing.
2. Switch your environment
At Mindspace, our members have options beyond just their desks. Whether sitting on the rooftop in the summer or on one of our ultra-comfortable couches in the winter, you can re-energize and refocus your afternoon by getting a change of scenery to bang out the rest of your work.
3. Have a light, healthy snack
Be warned! Snacks with high amounts of added sugar or salt, like chocolate or potato chips, can increase your afternoon crash. A light snack such as sliced apples with natural peanut butter can help you feel full and fuel you through the afternoon.
4. Turn up the tunes
Just like a good workout, the key here is music that motivates you. Music with a strong beat but fewer words can help keep you alert, without getting too distracted by that new hit song.
5. Let yourself check out
Giving yourself short, small breaks WITHOUT your phone can actually help you stay on task. Five minutes of thinking about your next vacation or joking around with a friend can clear your mind, keep you alert, and even motivate you to work harder.
All is not lost when your mid-day slump begins to set in. Follow these simple tips and you may even return to work more energized than in the morning.