Thursday, May 25, 2017

Office Life: Surviving The Modern Work Day

How To Survive The Modern Work Day
Surviving the modern work day is easier said than done. Tasks are constantly building up, seemingly unattainable goals are set, and the days seem never ending. Have no fear, we're here to help. Today on  'Office Life' we'll provide you with the tips, tricks, and strategies needed to breeze through the work week in style.

Create A Plan for Your Work DayEvery good work day starts with a plan! If you arrive at work on a whim with not outlook on how to tackle the days tasks, you'll likely find yourself stressing before you've had your first sip of coffee. Alternatively, take a few minutes to set daily goals when you arrive at work. Create a list of prioritized tasks you hope to accomplish and estimated deadlines for each. Doing so will keep you on track. You'll also get a little boost of motivation as you check each task off your list.

How To Properly Organize Your Office
It's also important to stay well organized. If you're constantly looking around for note pads, pens, and important files, you need to give your workspace a throughout cleaning. Start by going through your file cabinet drawers and purging out any old documents you no longer need to store. Once complete, move on to your desk drawers and work surface.  You'll want to keep your most regularly used items in locations that are easy to access. Organizing may take you a little while, but once complete you'll be on the path to success. We recommend giving your workspace a good cleaning and organizing session at least once per week.

Eat Healthy At WorkWhen it's time for lunch, don't rush out to the local burger joint and pound down a bunch of carbs. To survive the modern work day, you'll need your energy. Draining fatty foods will make you feel like napping rather than tackling the remainder of your work day. As getting out of the office for lunch is a good idea, plan where you're going and look at the menu before you arrive. Choose an item beforehand to avoid an impulse splurge that leaves you feeling drained after lunch. If you like to bring your lunch to work, get away from your personal computer desk to eat. Try enjoying your lunch outside with a few friends. It will help you blow of some of the stress created during the morning work hours.

Ergonomically Correct Office ChairAs you work throughout the day, it's important to rely on your ergonomic tools. If you've invested in a fancy ergonomic office chair that reduces back pain, learn to use it properly! You can't take a "set it and forget it" approach to office comfort. You have to be ready, willing, and able to adjust at a moments notice to maintain good posture and healthy work habits.

In the long run, even the best office chair is only as good as it's owner. If you want to survive the modern work day, you need to take the time to master your chair and its features.

Helpful Office Chair Advice:

  • Keep your back in contact with the chair at all times when working. Each time you lean away from your chair, you're missing out on essential spine support.
  • Keep your feet flat on the ground and facing forward. Avoid using the base of your office chair as a perch. Doing so can lead to restricted blood flow that causes cramping.
  • Set your office chair arms to a height that allows your to keep your forearms flat across them without hunching.
  • Stand up from your office chair at least once per hour to stretch. Even the best posture habits break down when you work for hours on end without standing up.

There are a few other key ergonomic office tools you can use to help you conquer the modern work day. While you don't need to rush out and purchase every ergo gadget on the market, these handy items will definitely assist you in your daily routine.

Sit To Stand Desktop Attachment
Helpful Ergonomic Tools:

  • A monitor arm will help you improve the rate at which your compute. You'll also have the ability to raise your screens to eye level to reduce visual strain.
  • An articulating keyboard tray will help you compute at healthy angles while simultaneously increasing usable desk space.
  • A height adjustable desktop riser will help you transition between sit-down and stand-up operating positions with ease. They promote continuous movement in the workplace, reduce fatigue, and encourage good blood flow.

Once you've mastered your ergonomic tools, you'll be ready for just about anything the modern work day can throw at you. That being said, it's still very important to get away from your workstation every once in awhile. As you sit for long periods of time, even the best habits tend to suffer. To fight back, take a 10 minute break once every hour. Leave your desk to go get a glass of water and hydrate to stay ahead of the fatigue that's lurking around every corner. Stretch out those muscles to get the blood flowing! You'll return to your desk refreshed and ready.

How To Be Happy At WorkLast but certainly not least, give yourself something to look forward to. Surviving the modern work day can be far easier if you've got an upcoming family vacation, or even a a long weekend planned. Mark off each day on your calendar as you conquer it. You'll feel motivated knowing your getting closer to some off-time.

In truth, surviving the modern work day is all about stress management and strategic planning. If you can find ways to eliminate stress, you'll be on the road to success and happiness. Taking short breaks, eating healthy, hydrating, and working with ergonomic tools will all help you conquer even the most task filled days.
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