We’ve all been there – the 3 o’clock slump. You’ve been working hard all day, there’s still a bit to do, but you can’t stop watching the clock! Another cup of coffee may do the trick, but it may keep you up all night and make tomorrow even harder. Time isn’t slowing down at all for you and you and you’d like to get back to focusing sooner rather than later. Here are four activities that can help you get back on track in 5 minutes or less!
- Make a list: Make a To-Do list of all the things you have left to get done for the day. Make sure you prioritize and budget the rest of the hours in your workday appropriately! You want to make sure that you have enough on your list to carry you through those last hours in the day, but not too much so that you feel overwhelmed and unproductive at the end of the day.
- Stretch: Take a walk! Just a quick lap around the office should do just fine. Go to the bathroom or the break room – just give yourself a minute or two to stretch your legs. Sitting cramped up at your desk all day has a way of making your legs feel useless – a little bit of exercise will get your legs moving and your brain pumping again!
- Have a snack: The 3 o clock slump most often hits when you’re hungry. It’s been a few hours since lunch, and there’s still a few hours left to go until dinner – so take a minute to give your body some energy and fuel the rest of your workday! I like to keep protein bars and non-perishable fruit at my desk (think: apples) with a bag of cinnamon roasted nuts. A light protein bar (150-200 calories) mixed with a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts go great with a bottle of water and are sure to keep you full until dinner!
- Clean distractions: Keeping a clean environment will help limit distractions when you’re trying to focus on the rest of the day. Take a few minutes to throw out the trash and unnecessary papers around you. Put away all electronics that don’t directly pertain to your job (yes, that means your cell phone if it’s not 100% necessary for your job!), and narrow down the items you do need to a select few and keep them within arms reach.
With all of that done, you’re ready to get back to work! The last few hours of the day may drag just a little bit, but remember to keep distractions to a minimum and stay organized and those last few hours will fly by in no time!