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December 4, 2016

Take a Break to Be Positively Productive

Sitting at a desk for long hours without taking a break can make you less productive! That’s right. Pushing through when you should step aside and recharge diminishes your performance and productivity. Here are some easy ways of recharging your energy, so you can keep going.he_sitting-at-work-thinkstock_s4x3_lg

  • Set an alarm or notification every hour. When it goes off, stand, stretch, and move around for a few minutes.
  • Do some leg raises. Hold on to your desk and raise one leg. Extend it, hold the position, then return to standing position. Repeat with the other leg.
  • Stretch one arm as if reaching for something on the ceiling. Hold the position, then relax that arm, and repeat with the other arm.
  • Just walk around, visit with your team, do the photocopying, take a drink of water, step outside, and get some fresh air.

There also are things you can do to raise your energy between your hourly movement breaks.

  • Stand when you talk on the phone and walk around if possible. It not only boosts your energy, but ramps up your voice, so you sound more energetic to the caller.
  • Consider a standing desk or a desk that can be raised to a standing position for part of the day. If that’s not possible, raise your keyboard by placing books under it and stand more often while you work.
  • Take a breath. That’s right. Stop what you’re doing and concentrate on your breathing for a minute or two.

This time of year can be stressful, so it’s even more important that you move and stay active instead of hunkering down and pushing forward when you need a break. See my post Slow Down in order to Speed Up and Easy, Safe Exercises to Do at Your Desk for more information.


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