It's 2:30 on a Wednesday afternoon and the sunny blue skies from the office windows are inviting me to get outside and play. Flirting with the temptation to ditch our quarterly sales forecast, I log my mid-afternoon snack onto My Fitness Pal diary and wonder how Charlie, our Co-Founder, has already burned 1,000 calories for the day.
Hmmm, I think to myself. I am sitting here inside our office daydreaming of trail running in the Rockies and he has already logged in some pretty serious cardio. "What's his secret?" I ask my iPhone screen.
Let's face it; warm weather definitely makes it hard to make a living. Staying focused at work is a real challenge when we want to be outside, hiking, running, walking, watching the sunset or playing beach volleyball - anything to keep us from being pinned to our desks.
Here are a few tips from our team on how to stay energized at work and still find time to play during the weekdays.
- Get up earlier & get outside! Instead of hitting the snooze button, get your butt in gear and out the door. Studies have shown that a brisk walk or a run in the morning can help reduce stress. Just by getting up an hour earlier and spending time outdoors doing something you like could help make your meetings easier. The sun is rising earlier in the summer – and so should you!
- Give your lunch hour more power by taking the brown bag outdoors. Get past the mundane cafeteria routine and pop over to the nearby park or green space and enjoy your lunch.
- Take more breaks to regain your brain. Research shows that workers are more effective when they focus on a task for 52 minutes at a time and then devote 17-minutes to personal time. By simply giving your brain pause, you will feel more refreshed and ready to tackle that overdue expense report.
- Join the company softball (or volleyball if you are in California) team this season. Don't be a negative Nelly! Accept the invitation, as it will give you something to look forward to out of the office and provide a release for work related stress or tension. Just remember that being a team player in the office is just as important on the field, too.
- Of course, eat snacks with some nutrition when that afternoon hunger crave kicks in. These will help your body have the energy to accomplish both work and play throughout the day.
- And lastly, drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated throughout the day. Water will keep you refreshed and energized. Mix it up with a fresh sprig of mint and lemon.
The bottom line is if you have some planned outdoor activities on your schedule, you will spend less time wishing you were outside and more time crushing through your work knowing that you will soon be outside. If your ever boss catches ya being outside too much, just share with them a bag of SuperEats to get them going as well.