Keep Your Motor Running: Tips for Optimizing Energy Levels

Published Thursday, March 31, 2011 2:18 PM

Want to hit the ground running each morning? How about operating at peak capacity throughout the day? Optimize your energy level with a few simple steps.

 Sleep: Get a full night of shut-eye. Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Having trouble catching your ZZZs? Read WebMD's Sleep Tips  for the 411 on sleep including avoiding alcohol and unplugging distracting lights in your room.

Snacking: Much like a car, you can't run on empty. Refuel throughout the day with small, healthy snacks such as nuts and hummus and veggies. Read our past post Healthy Office Eating Made Easy for more ideas. 

Stretching: Studies show that productivity slumps after 90-minutes and too much sitting leads to muscle fatigue and discomfort. Reboot your productivity by getting the blood flowing with gentle desk stretches: feeling good equals performing well.

Taking Breaks: Pace yourself through the day, allowing chunks of downtime to refresh your concentration and energy. Break projects into discrete portions and take breaks throughout. A fresh eye will often catch mistakes or allow for a new perspective.

Taking Time Off: Stave off burnout with time off from work. Add a three day weekend to your schedule when you can and be sure to take longer vacation weeks when work allows. Burning the candle at both ends decreases productivity so make time to recharge and refresh.

How do you stay energized throughout the day? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.

by Bradley Eggers

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