Get More Done Every Day!
Soothe your aching back (or shoulders or neck).
Nearly one in three Americans suffers from body pain that affects their
productivity, according to a study published in the Journal of Occupational
and Environmental Medicine. Feeling achy? Instead of popping painkillers,
try the "Office Chair Twist," suggests Twee Merrigan, a yoga instructor
in New York City.
Sit at your desk with your knees and hips pointing straight ahead. Inhale
and really sit up tall.
Exhale and twist to the right. Swing your right elbow behind the chair and
cross your left hand onto the outside of the right thigh. Breathe in and out
Inhale and face forward.
Repeat on your left side. Before you get back to the task at hand, pause and
notice how much better you're feeling.
Take a break.
You've probably heard this advice a million times — but that's because it
really works! Don't think you have time to take five? You do. "Breaks will
actually stretch your time because you'll return to your task feeling energized
and renewed. It's magical," says Morgenstern. So stroll to the water
fountain and refill your cup. Or chat briefly with a colleague about her son's
Little League game. Or flip through a favorite magazine: REDBOOK! Mom and part
time marketing copywriter Emily Auchard of San Rafael, CA, does the crossword
every day. "It's almost like a meditation, because I have to concentrate on
the words — instead of on all the demands around me," explains the
"And it uses a part of my mind that doesn't come into play when I'm
changing my daughter's poopy diaper!" (Note: Sorry, but browsing the
Internet or cleaning out your inbox don't count as rejuvenating
End your day at 5.
Or, okay, at 6 or 6:30 — but definitely not at 9 p.m.! The more you burn the
midnight oil, the less fuel you'll have for tomorrow. Wrapping up your day at a
reasonable hour is the best way to guarantee that you begin the next morning
recharged. Just take a few minutes to jot down your to do list before you close
up shop, so that tomorrow can be just as productive as today.
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