One of the worst things that can happen to any employee or manager is fatigue. You know, that feeling you get when you can’t get out of bed unless it is the weekend? Or dreading going back to work and waiting for the absolute last second to head back to the office after your lunch break? Well, I have good news, there are ways to avoid fatigue at work and at home and by changing a few things you can feel more awake and excited about both work and your life outside it.
Avoiding fatigue takes practice and a change in attitude towards work and life.
Let’s start with the attitude. Putting enthusiasm into your work will allow you to feel better about what you do as a career and allow you to do better work as well. Sounds simple, right? It’s not and it takes practice. Remember to have the right attitude about your work; it is a major part of your life, 1/3 of your day (and another 1/3 is spent sleeping) so make sure you feel positive about it. So make it enjoyable and use the income to do the things you want to in the other 2/3rds of your day!
Resting before you get tired is another technique to try and ward off fatigue. Take breaks often. Get up and go grab a coffee or stretch your legs every one to two hours. Allow yourself a few minutes to relax, take your mind off your work, and rest before you are tired.
Another reason for fatigue at work is what goes on outside work. We’re not here to tell you to not be social, but be smart about it. Don’t stay out until 2:00 AM every night if you need to work at 8:00 AM the next morning. When you are tired at night, go to sleep and get up earlier to finish the chores you might have missed the night before.
Fatigue at work can also be caused by not having a clear mind. Part of having a clear mind is having a clear desk. Every morning (or night), clear your desk off. Sort through papers that can be recycled or filed, and deal with every piece of paper before you are complete. Organize your life inside and outside of work to avoid the stress of managing a hectic life like we are all used to living now.
If you are dreading getting out of bed in the mornings to go to work, you might want to rethink your career or outlook on life. Your work is not your life, get up in the morning for life and those things that excite you, and try to change those things that don’t so that you can better be prepared for the day and what is ahead of you.
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