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AboutDiet.com blogger Laura Stack is a personal productivity expert, author of The Exhaustion Cure, and professional speaker. She is president of The Productivity Pro, Inc., a time management training firm specializing in productivity improvement in high-stress firms.
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Even if you start out the day with plenty of fuel, you may eventually feel that energy slipping away. You can be zipping along just fine, then -- BOOM! -- you hit what sports enthusiasts call "the wall."
How well you handle your energy budget will determine whether you break through the wall and move on to the rest of your day, or just bounce off and slog through the mental mud.
Try these tips to stay on the straight and energetic narrow.
1. Stand instead of sit. You're not designed to sit for hours on end. Work regular physical movement into your work day, especially if most of your work is conducted at a desk. At the very least, stand up and stretch occasionally.
2. Give yourself a break. Failing to take breaks can affect your short-term energy and long-term health. Take a few minutes off from the grind occasionally so your body can restore your strength and energy.
3. Walk around on your breaks. Instead of drinking coffee and reading the paper while on break, walk around a bit. This lets your body process glucose better, giving you a burst of energy that'll kick in about the time you get back to work.
4. Try creative desk energy renewal strategies. Jobs requiring an intense focus can be intensely draining. Take an occasional break and ... Continue
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