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13 Tips For Beating The Tiredness Out Of You

13 Tips For Beating The Tiredness Out Of You

If you’re like me, you experience tiredness at three particular points of the day: in the morning, between 1:30pm and 4:30pm, and about two hours before you actually want to go to sleep at night. If you’re not like me, then you have a completely different pattern that I wouldn’t possibly know about. Regardless, the tips I’ve compiled here should help you as well.

1. Drink your water!

    It amazes me how people think they can get away with guzzling down sodas and other sugary drinks all day. You’re body needs water! When you aren’t hydrated, your blood thickens (because it is composed mostly of water after all), which makes your poor little heart work harder, which results in drowsiness. Keep a cup on your desk or re-usable water bottle by your side as all times.

    2. Eat breakfast.

      Before I get any flack for this, I’m not saying you need to go to Denny’s and gulp down a grand slam or two. A power bar will do, or even a tiny bowl of cereal or a single egg. Eating breakfast has been proven to improve how you feel mentally and physically, which is just what you need after waking up all fatigued.

      3. Exercise!

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        There’s nothing like a good run in the morning to kill off every ounce of tiredness in your body. I have no scientific proof, but for me, performing some kind of morning exercise means I’m showered and ready for my day about three hours earlier (on average) than I would be otherwise!

        4. Go to bed you crazy kids!

          Yes, unsurprisingly, getting to bed earlier will make you more energetic the next day. I know it’s tough, but think of it this way. Would you rather have those four hours you spend from 10PM to 2AM, or an entire day’s worth of feeling awake, with the only catch being that you’d have to go to bed around 10:30PM? Seems like an obvious choice to me…

          5. Fast music will pump you up.

            If you haven’t heard of the song Through the Fire and the Flames, you might want to look it up, because it’s perfect for this. Rapid, upbeat music won’t help as much as a nap (probably), but it might just make you a bit more alert than you were before…

            6. Chill out, bro.

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              Being cold keeps you awake. It’s why your dad always turned the AC up to max in the car when driving you and your family late at night. So if you’re nodding off, start peeling away layers of clothing until you stop feeling tired (maybe you can play I’m Too Sexy while you do so).

              7. Eat every 3-4 hours.

                This isn’t possible for many of us, but eating small meals evenly scattered throughout the day will keep your energy a bit more level than it would be if you only eat two huge portions every 24 hours.

                8. Don’t drink too much caffeine.

                  Wait what? Being a coffee lover, this was a tough one for me to take. Basically, you’ll want to watch your caffeine intake after noon. Apparently, if you’re sensitive to caffeine, drinking it after that time can lead to your sleep quality taking a nosedive.

                  9. Social interaction is your friend.

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                    The catch is that this social interaction must be with a complete stranger. We couldn’t care less about being alert and conscious for our family or best friends, but an acquaintance? We’ll snap right out of our fatigue for them!

                    10. Lifesavers can be a life saver.

                      Yes, mints can keep you awake! You’ll probably need something stronger than a Lifesaver, like, maybe an Altoid, but that wasn’t nearly punny enough.

                      11. Massage the area between your palm and wrist.

                        Ok, I just learned about this one, and believe it or not it actually works. Doesn’t feel too terrible either! It’s calming, but only the point that you become energized and not narcoleptic.

                        12. Take a nap.

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                          This one is pretty obvious. Apologies. Nap for around 20 minutes and you’ll be supercharged for the next few hours.

                          13. Go outside. No, not outside your room. Like, really outside! Where the sun is!

                            Just feeling the rays emanating from that blazing ball of heat on our bare skin can jolt us awake. It has something to do with vitamin D, probably. Or maybe it’s the fact that you’re getting fresh air for the first time in weeks.

                            That’s all folks. I’m sure you have a few fatigue fighting tricks up your sleeve as well, and if so, share below!

                            Featured photo credit: Weakness: 6 of 8/ Marco Sanchez via flickr.com

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                            Last Updated on September 18, 2019

                            15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                            15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                            You may think that you don’t have time for office organization, but if you really knew how much time that disorganization cost you, you’d reconsider.

                            Rearranging and moving piles occasionally doesn’t count. Neither does clearing off your desk, if you swipe the mess into a bin, or a desk drawer.

                            A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time.

                            Organizing your office doesn’t have to take days, it can be done a little at a time. In fact, maintaining an organized office is much more effective if you treat it like an on-going project, instead of a massive assault.

                            So, if you’re ready to get started, the following organizing tips will help you transform your office into an efficient workspace.

                            1. Purge Your Office

                            De-clutter, empty, shred, get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. Look around. What haven’t you used in a while?

                            Take one area at a time. If it doesn’t work, send it out for repair or toss it. If you haven’t used it in months and can’t think of when you’ll actually need it, out it goes. This goes for furniture, equipment, supplies, etc.

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                            Don’t forget about knick-knacks, plants (real or artificial), and decorations – if they’re covered with dust and make your office look shabby, they’re fair game.

                            2. Gather and Redistribute

                            Gather up every item that isn’t where it belongs and put it where it does.

                            3. Establish Work “Zones”

                            Decide what type of activity happens in each area of your office. You’ll probably have a main workspace (most likely your desk,) a reference area (filing cabinet, shelves, binders,) and a supply area (closet, shelves or drawers.)

                            Place the appropriate equipment and supplies are located in the proper area as much as possible.

                            4. Close Proximity

                            Position the equipment and supplies that you use most within reach. Things that you rarely use can be stored or put away.

                            5. Get a Good Labeler

                            Choose a label maker that’s simple to use. Take the time to label shelves, bins, baskets drawers. Not only will it remind you where things go, but it will also help others who may have a need to find, use, or put away anything in your workspace.

                            6. Revise Your Filing System

                            As we move fully into the digital age, the need to store paper files has decreased.

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                            What can your store digitally? Are you duplicating files? You may be able to eliminate some of the files and folders you’ve used in the past. If you’re storing files on your computer, make sure you are doing regular back-ups.

                            Here’re some storage ideas for creating a smooth filing system:

                            • Create a meeting folder – Put all “items to be discussed” in there along with items that need to be handed off, reports that need to be given, etc. It’ll help you be prepared for meetings and save you stress in the even that a meeting is moved up.
                            • Create a WOR folder – So much of our messy papers are things that are on hold until someone else responds or acts. Corral them in a WOR (Waiting on Response) folder. Check it every few days for outstanding actions you may need to follow-up on.
                            • Storage boxes – Use inexpensive storage boxes to keep archived files and get them out of your current file space.
                            • Magazine boxes – Use magazine boxes or binders to store magazines and catalogs you really want to store. Please make sure you really need them for reference or research, otherwise recycle them, or give away.
                            • Reading folder – Designate a file for print articles and documents you want to read that aren’t urgent.
                            • Archive files – When a project is complete, put all of the materials together and file them away. Keep your “working folders” for projects in progress.
                            • File weekly – Don’t let your filing pile up. Put your papers in a “To File” folder and file everything once a week.

                            Learn more tips on organizing your files here: How to Organize Your Files for Better Productivity

                            7. Clear off Your Desk

                            Remove everything, clean it thoroughly and put back only those items that are essential for daily use.

                            If you have difficulty declutter stuff, this Declutter Formula will help you throw away stuff without regretting later.

                            8. Organize your Desktop

                            Now that you’ve streamlined your desktop, it’s a good idea to organize it.

                            Use desktop organizers or containers to organize the items on your desk. Use trays for papers, containers for smaller items.

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                            Don’t forget your computer desktop! Make sure the files or images are all in organized folders. I’d recommend you clear your computer desktop everyday before you leave work.

                            9. Organize Your Drawers

                            Put items used together in the same drawer space, stamps with envelopes, sticky pads with notepads, etc.

                            Use drawer organizers for little items – paper clips, tacks, etc. Use a separate drawer for personal items.

                            10. Separate Inboxes

                            If you work regularly with other people, create a folder, tray, or inbox for each.

                            11. Clear Your Piles

                            Hopefully with your new organized office, you won’t create piles of paper anymore, but you still have to sort through the old ones.

                            Go through the pile (a little at a time if necessary) and put it in the appropriate place or dump it.

                            12. Sort Mails

                            Don’t just stick mail in a pile to be sorted or rifle through and take out the pieces you need right now. Sort it as soon as you get it – To act, To read, To file, To delegate or hand off. .

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                            13. Assign Discard Dates

                            You don’t need to keep every piece of paper indefinitely. Mark on files or documents when they can be tossed or shredded.

                            Some legal or financial documents must be kept for specified length of time. Make sure you know what those requirements are.

                            14. Filter Your Emails

                            Some emails are important to read, others are just not that important.

                            When you use the filter system to label different types of emails, you know their priority and which to reply first.

                            Take a look at these tips to achieve inbox zero: The Ultimate Way to get to Inbox Zero

                            15. Straighten Your Desk

                            At the end of the day, do a quick straighten, so you have a clean start the next day.

                            Bottom Line

                            Use one tip or try them all. The amount of effort you put into creating and maintaining an efficient work area will pay off in a big way.

                            Instead of spending time looking for things and shuffling piles, you’ll be able to spend your time…well…working and you’ll enjoy being clutter free!

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