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How To Be More Productive

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Take a moment to picture yourself at work. Are you hunched over a keyboard, clicking away on a mouse, or spending a lot of time on the phone? If this is your typical work day, then the most moving around you are likely to do is to and from the copy machine. It is no surprise that our sedentary jobs are causing fatigue and stiffness, both mentally and physically. Luckily, we came up with a few solutions to help you be more productive while at work. Give these tips a try, and see how they impact your productivity and physical wellbeing. 

Time for a Mental Shift

Somehow, somewhere along the way, Americans got it into their heads that working without breaks is the sign of productivity. Not true! Working without breaks has been shown to cause physical and mental fatigue. In fact, studies have shown that people who allow themselves to take a break are more productive than their power-through counterparts.

Use the 1 in 20 Rule

Studies have shown that the mind can only work continuously on a singular task for 20 minutes at a time before productivity begins to slow. Standing up and moving around every twenty minutes, changing positions, or walking to another office is enough to give your brain the blood flow it needs to be ready for the tasks at hand. Plus, Our brains are able to refocus rather quickly, allowing us to get back to work right away after taking a break. 

Stay Hydrated

On average, water represents up to 60 percent of our body weight, yet many of us walk around chronically dehydrated. In addition to digestive problems, fatigue, muscle aches, and joint pain, chronic dehydration can also slow down productivity. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Make sure you are consuming water throughout the day in order to keep your brain firing the way it should.

Stretch

Stretching your muscles is a great way to keep the blood flowing to your brain. You may find that your body has a natural need to stretch when it has been stagnant for too long. However, this does not mean you need to roll out the yoga mat by your desk and do a pigeon pose. You can stretch your arms, legs, back and neck in just a few minutes without any special equipment right at your desk! Do a few simple stretches at your desk and enjoy greater productivity for hours afterward.

Don’t Forget to Breathe

We breathe thousands of times a day without even thinking about it, yet becoming aware of your breath is a great way to reduce stress, think more clearly and work better. Take deep breaths that fill your lungs and then expel all of the air out. Before you know it, you will be on your way to enjoying a more productive work day.

Call us today for more information and to speak to one of our physical therapists.