Ahh, Daylight Savings is finally here. The glorious day when we can all soak up an extra hour of sun, right? Or in reality, we can start to see it peeking through the office windows when we’re ready to head home.
Daylight savings began with Ben Franklin back in the 18th century. Instead of wasting energy on lights, he proposed to set the clocks forward and let the sun do the work! People began to take advantage of the bonus daylight and conserve energy.
Nowadays we may not be conserving any additional energy in the workplace…computers, lights and coffee machines still need to be running for 8 hours. But we may feel the effects of running on an hour less of sleep which can create additional stress on the job.
Here are our top 6 tips for getting more accomplished, de-stressing and staying on track at work after Daylight Savings Time or anytime:
1. Get some ZZZ’s!
I know, I know. We’re losing an hour, but hey, at least we can prepare for it! Go to bed an hour earlier to get ahead of the inevitable day of yawns ahead. According to developgoodhabits.com, fatigue will lead to procrastination, which will lead to stress, which will lead to, well… a whole lot of un-fun feelings. Your brain is telling you it wants 8 hours of sleep each day, try to listen to it. While we’re on the topic of sleep, don’t let your meeting suffer. Check out our tips on how to wake up a sleepy meeting, (it may come in handy this month)!
2. Leave work at work.
What time does your work day end? 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 11:00?!? Say it ain’t so! Make a conscious effort not to let work follow you home. Separating your work and personal life will help you to de-stress, and I swear it’s possible. Don’t check emails after a certain time, try turning off your work cell for a bit, let the stressed feelings of the workday stay at the office. Setting these boundaries will help you manage your time. Once you put the phone down, you may even get to see that extra hour of sunlight we’ve been talking about!
3. Be a “No” person.
The world’s best boss said it best, “NO!” Learning to say no is a skill, and a hard one to learn at that. But once mastered, it will help you to stay on track each day. Taking on too many tasks can overload your day and lead you down a stressful path. “Let me check my schedule and get back to you” are 10 magical words that can help you from over-promising and under-delivering.
4. Plan to succeed.
Know there is a project coming up that’s going to try to get the best of you? Plan ahead. Spend some time up front writing a list of tasks you need to accomplish with proposed timing that works for your schedule. At the end of the day (or first thing in the morning), take 5 minutes to put together a list of your priorities. This exercise may turn into the favorite part of your day!
5. Think deep.
Feeling drained? Try to identify what is causing your stressed-out feelings. It might be workflow, lack of time management, technology, or a broken process. Try to take some time to improve the situation now; it will save you some hair-pulling down the road.
6. Breaks are a necessity!
Take a few mini-breaks when you need them throughout the day to focus and recharge. Your work will thank you because your productivity levels will be up and you’ll be less likely to feel overwhelmed. Practice some mindfulness exercises while you’re at it, check out our tips here to get started.
Bonus: My Stress-Busting Method
If I am feeling overwhelmed I’ll do 1 of 2 things, take a break or write a list. I’m a big fan of lists. I make lists for everything. It puts into perspective the cause of my work stress, and I begin to formulate a plan to manage what and when I need to do it.
But don’t become obsessed about crossing everything off the list done. Everyone has to learn to balance their day. If today is your most stressful day, it may lead to a very burnt-out day tomorrow. Don’t rush, take your time and prioritize your thoughts and plan ahead. It may help you from having that painful day tomorrow. Take a peek at how we make our health a priority at Eclipse.
Using the tips above to help manage your time effectively will make you forget you’re losing an hour of sleep!
Over to You:
What are some of your go-to ways to de-stress and accomplish more at work? Let us know in the comments below!