How do you beat an energy slump?

  • Kate Rodgers
Low energy at work

You have a deadline racing ever closer and you just can't find the motivation or energy to get the work done. Of course, there are so many other much more important things to do; online food shop, catch up on iplayer and you must check what your old school friends had for lunch on Facebook.

But, seriously, what can you do to help you focus and create work that you are proud of?

Get the oxygen flowing

Get out for a quick bike ride or run if you can. If not, use the loo on another floor so you can jog up and down the stairs a few times. Even some simple stretching exercises at your desk can help get the blood flowing around your body and wake you up.

Distraction technique

Sometimes thinking about something else can help your subconscious come up with great ideas for the task you need to focus on. Why not go and make a cup of tea for everyone in your office, you might have a light bulb moment.

Reward yourself

We all like incentives! What would work for you? A glass of wine when you get home? Watching that programme you recorded weeks ago?

Get help

Find someone to be a sounding board for your ideas. Often just by taking through the problem or task a solution will jump out at you.

Give the task your full attention

Switch your phone to silent, switch off your e-mail alerts and knuckle down. You might find going into work early or staying late enables you to be less distracted.

Have a disco

Put on your all-time favourite motivational tunes and perhaps have a little boogie. It will get the energy flowing and wake up your mind.

Keep hydrated and eat well

When you are dehydrated, your brain works less effectively. Keeping your body fuelled with vitamin rich and nutritious food will prevent your blood sugars from dropping which can make you feel tired and unable to think straight.

Plan your time and set targets

If you can break your task down into sections it will feel much more manageable and you can reward yourself more frequently which is always a good thing!

It's important to find techniques that work for you of course, but trying these strategies could put you on the road to a successful outcome.

Alpaka makes time management simple. The calendar interface enables employees and employers to quickly see or update who is working where, when and what they are doing, so it is easy to plot your day and stick to deadlines.

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Kate Rodgers

Kate Rodgers

Kate balances being CMO for a colossal time and employee management software product with being an almost perfect human. Her blogs and expertise are about efficiently handling three obnoxious children and a difficult 39 year old child who writes these.

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