Most people strive to be the best employee they can be day in and day out. What if I told you that it may not be what you do at work, but what you don’t do that can help you be more creative and productive.
1) Use your vacation time
According to a survey released this spring the average American employee, who receives vacation or PTO, reports only using half of their eligible time off in the past 12 months. Time away from work is essential to lowering your stress levels and improving your overall wellbeing. Typically after an extended vacation, you return a more focused, creative, and productive employee.
2) Sleep, eat right, and exercise
Getting the recommended eight hours of sleep each night, eating a well-balanced diet, and exercising most days of the week all have been linked to increasing productivity and creativity in the workplace. Doing these things right the majority of the time generally puts people in a positive mood, which makes you easier to work with and drives productivity. Getting enough sleep will allow your brain to essentially remove stress and prepare for the next day’s workload.
3) Take your breaks
Much like your muscles, the brain appears to fatigue after working for sustained periods of time, according to Michael Posner, a professor at the University of Oregon who studies attention. Taking your provided breaks away from your workstation is essential to reviving your mind, focus, and increasing productivity. Heading out for a short walk, even as short as 10 minutes, can dramatically improve your workday.
Look for more stress-busting tips in the WPS Health Center.