Sitting at your desk for hours at a time completing task after task can get, well, mundane. But in our digital world where most work lives on a screen, there aren’t too many alternatives. So how can you constantly stay on your A-game, even from a seated position? Taking time to focus on your physical and mental health throughout the day can foster productivity and boost creativity. With these quick tips, you’ll spend less time clowning around and more time being effective and efficient with your time and mind.
- Take a walk: When you’re hitting a brain block, the quickest way to get back on track is to get up from your desk and take a walk. The walk will get your blood pumping and out of the static routine. In any major city, there are a plethora of sites that spark creative thoughts. Wander to a nearby park, or just take a stroll around the block. Fresh air clears the mind, and sometimes that’s all it takes to get you mind sharp as a tack again.
- Set your desktop background to something meaningful: Have a favorite city you’ve been to? Or a place you’ve always wished to go? Set your desktop background as either a photo you’ve took or one that inspires you to give yourself that moment of zen as you switch from applications. Google Chrome also has a great add-on, Momentum, which brings a new inspiring photo to your browser each time you open a new tab.
- Read: Take a few moments to read the top news in your favorite magazines and blogs. Seeing what other people are talking about and analyzing the content within will help get your own thoughts racing.
- Treat yourself: After completing a difficult project, let yourself have a moment of solitude. It could be as simple as grabbing a large iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts or closing your eyes and listening to your favorite song, but whatever it is, choose something that will put a smile on your face. Smiling is contagious, so your positivity will be infectious to your team members and co-workers, an added bonus! You should always take a break and celebrate your accomplishments before starting the next task to get you excited about your work and the results that follow it. Giving time to be prideful of your work will foster productivity and motivate you to complete projects and get tasks done.
- Try the Six Hats exercise: The Six Hats exercise is a great way to approach a situation creatively from different perspectives. The hats you wear and the questions you ask are:
Red Hat: Look at the situation emotionally. What do your feelings tell you?
White Hat: Look at the situation objectively. What are the facts?
Yellow Hat: Use a positive perspective. Which elements of the solution will work?
Black Hat: Use a negative perspective. Which elements of the solution won’t work?
Green Hat: Think creatively. What are some alternative ideas?
Blue Hat: Think broadly. What is the best overall solution?
- Keep a creativity journal: As your ideas come to you, whether it’s in the office, on the train or in bed, track them down in a journal. Having a running list of your thoughts can act as a good resource for when you’re stuck on ideas and need a little inspiration.
- Go for a run: Go running before or after work, the exercise will get your endorphins pumping and will help your overall mindset. This will infiltrate into your daily efficiency and once it has become a routine, you’ll notice an increase in productivity as well as a more focused mind.
- Remain positive: It’s easy to get frustrated with yourself when experiencing a writer’s block or something at work isn’t going as planned. But the more upset you become, the harder it is to overcome the challenge. So take a deep breath and think positively; find the good in the situation and take each step as a learning opportunity.
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