Moreover, when I have a slower day, I find myself struggling to stay awake after lunch and have a tough time addressing the afternoon slump. To ensure I keep productivity and focus, here are a few tips I’ve tried to conquer the afternoon slump.
Having difficulty getting things done after lunch? Then try to test as many things off your to-do list before then by beginning your day earlier than everyone else. Get up at by 6 a.m. to have a head start in your day.
Doing so not just provides you more time to do your tasks, but in addition, it minimizes distractions. Since most individuals do not begin their workday till 8 a.m., there’ll be fewer people to disrupt your workflow. Furthermore, waking up early means that you won’t need to rush and thus have the ability to finish tasks stress free.
Additionally, there are added benefits to getting up early like an easier commute, shorter lines at the coffee shop, and not too many people at the gym. These things may not look like a big deal, but they can greatly influence your productivity through the day.
Schedule Around your Naturally Productive Times
Pay attention to your body’s productivity condition through the day. When are you most and least effective? Are you more concentrated early in the morning or after your everyday cup of coffee? Do you feel your excitement dwindle in the day?
You should be aware of your productivity levels so you can plan your day accordingly. If you are given the choice to coordinate meetings and tasks, take charge and program the important ones when you are most productive.
By way of instance, I am more productive in the morning, and that’s why I schedule crucial tasks — such as meeting with providers and vendors or rolling out new products — early in the day. Meanwhile, low-level tasks such as responding to non-urgent mails or clearing my desk have been done after lunch. This way, even if I am not at my most productive condition, I could take it easy knowing that I have already completed the most important actions for this day.
Get the Most out of your Lunch Break
Your day productivity hinges on how you spend your lunch, so make that hour count. To begin with, it’s ideal to keep your meal mild. Keep away from heavy red meat, which is more difficult to digest and takes up more energy, thus the lethargic feeling you get after eating it. Stick to fruits, vegetables, and fish instead.
Also avoid eating lunch at your desk. Distance yourself from the computer screen and give your eyes and mind a rest. This will let you return to work with a new mind.
Use your lunch break to be productive in non-work relevant aspects. Do you have to visit the bank or pick up something at the supermarket? Do it. Finding these things done requires that you get up from the desk to experience sun and fresh air — two things which may reinvigorate you.
Furthermore, getting these jobs done, however little they are, gives you a sense of achievement and can fuel you to be more productive for the remainder of the day.
Go for a Quick Run
In his book Spark, John J. Ratey, M.D. cited numerous studies which show how aerobic exercise boosts brain performance, increases memory and focus, and generally makes you more effective. Ratey wrote these benefits are most pronounced immediately after exercise, which explains why folks feel more alert and rejuvenated shortly after their exercise.
If you will need an additional dose of energy in the day, consider going for a fast run — about half an hour during your lunch break. Attempt to reach about 60 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate for the best results.
This is easier said than done. I never did it myself. A number of my co-workers, however, would go to the gym or for a walk round the block and I saw them come back feeling re-energized.
Speak to Someone
Really, talk to somebody. As online entrepreneurs, we are so used to conducting business over chat or email we sometimes forget how much value there is in face-to-face or phone conversations. Speaking with someone opens up opportunities for greater insights and links that email can not match.
Either pick up the phone or schedule a face-to-face meeting with people that you will need to speak to. Give clients a followup call on their latest purchase to get opinions. Or grab coffee with a mentor or colleague to catch up. Apart from serving as good learning experiences, these actions may also stimulate your mind and get you out of your slump.