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5-Minute-Fix: Questions to Ask Yourself to Improve Productivity

You’re not the only one. You’ve been sitting at your desk all day, and now you’re staring into the abyss of your computer screen. Productivity is at zero. This is when we get off track, and our minds wander to checking Facebook or browsing Amazon.


No matter how far off track you are, however, there’s hope! You aren’t doomed to watch cat videos forever. There are factors that you can take control of in just a few minutes to help you increase your productivity. Taking a look at these factors every day can help you work around distractions, and it all begins with asking yourself these simple questions:


  1. When did you last take a break?

The more time spent at your desk does not mean more time being productive. Try to take a break a few times per day. This can be as simple as a 5-minute walk around the office or a 15-minute walk around the block. Maybe you stay in your office but just get up to stretch and eat a snack. This will help you refocus and feel reenergized.


  1. Ask yourself: do I need sleep or caffeine?

It can be tempting to run to the break room and pour yourself a third cup of coffee. But is that what you really need? Ask yourself if you’re really in need of caffeine or if you need a better night’s sleep. The most common answer? You need more sleep! Make a commitment to yourself today to go home and set a bedtime for yourself, rather than sitting down in front of the television.


  1. Have you eaten and what have you eaten?

Many employees feel tempted to work through lunch, which only leads to hunger pangs and “hangry” responses to coworkers. Always take a lunch break, even if it’s short. Also, consider what you have been eating. Swap out the chips and soda at your desk for an unsweet tea and almonds. Healthy foods will give your brain a better boost!


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