You look up. It’s 2:55 pm. You’ve hit a wall.
The same as the last time you looked. You could work on the Quarterly Report, but your focus has dissipated, leaving a slush pile where your brain used to be. Usually, you’re firing on all cylinders all day long.
But not today.
Here are 9 ways to get your creative juices flowing again.
Tip #1 – Find a Snack
Sometimes all you need are a few calories. Try keeping a snack or two at your desk. The healthier the better. We love Kind bars and popcorn, but if Tagalongs are your magic ticket, go for it!
Tip #2 – Stop & Stretch
It’s amazing what a little movement can do. It wakes you up, re-energizes your brain and gets your blood rushing. If you can, try and step outside to stretch. Vitamin D, please.
Tip #3 – Have a Laugh
No need to force yourself. Instead, watch a funny video or pay a visit to The Onion. An Australian study found that watching a funny video increases productivity.
Tip #4 – Make a To-Do List
Are you unfocused because you’re worried about everything you have to do after work? Take a five-minute breather and write down all your to-dos. Enter it into your phone so you don’t forget. Then dive back into work, calm and collected.
Tip #5 – Get a Drink
Sometimes a cold drink is just the ticket. Plus, a walk to the office watering hole or kitchen sink can help you clear your brain. (Coffee is considered flavored H2O, right?)
Tip #6 – Meditate
No need to break out the yoga mat. Just close your eyes for a second, throw on some calm music and focus on your breathing. Don’t mind your co-workers’ stares (they can’t see through your computer can they?), they’ll be copying you soon enough.
Tip #7 – Do a Puzzle
Re-engage your brain with a puzzle or crossword. It doesn’t have to be hard, just something that tilts your brain. We suggest the New York Times mini-crossword puzzle.
Tip #8 – Perform a Mindless Task
Let your brain breathe. Sometimes doing something mindless is enough to refocus. Try cleaning your desk or shredding some paperwork.
Tip #9 – Start a Conversation
Sometimes, every so often, on just the right day, you can drop a conversation starter and draw others into your lethargic state. Together, you can chit-chat and get reenergized. Oftentimes, casual conversations spark collaboration and creative problem-solving.
What? It’s five to five. Where did the time go?
Back on track
So if you’re feeling listless, give these Swim-approved tips a try. Get refocused and power through the rest of your day!