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10 Quick Ways to Beat the Afternoon Slump at Work

10 Quick Ways to Beat the Afternoon Slump at Work

The afternoon slump. We have all experienced it–those last few hours when we still need to work and be productive, but cannot quite find the motivation. This has happened to me no matter what the work environment–from a desk job to a restaurant job to working at home. There are a few things that can be done about this afternoon slump, so fear not!

1. Have a snack

If you are feeling drowsy or unable to focus, you might just be hungry. For most of us, focus and emotional stability goes out the door when the body needs to eat.

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2. Drink water

Another reason you might be feeling the afternoon slump is that you are dehydrated. Water is needed for the entire body to function well—including the brain.

3. Take a power nap

Have you just had a big meal at lunch and are feeling as though you could curl up and sleep in your desk chair? If you are able, do it! According to Web MD, just 15 to 20 minutes can recharge with a boost in alertness and motor performance. You do not need to work at home to make this happen either. I have gone to my car for a nap many a time. In fact, I used to make it a habit of eating and taking a nap on my lunch break and it worked out quite well.

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4. Have a little caffeine

You know best how your body responds to caffeine, so use your judgment. When used wisely, caffeine can help greatly in keeping you alert during the day without causing crashes or insomnia. The walk to the coffee machine can also help stretch your legs and give your eyes a rest from the computer screen.

5. Go outside (or open a window)

Experience the fresh air and sunshine to beat the afternoon slump. The expression “a breath of fresh air” is a positive statement for a reason.

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6. Buy a plant for your office or workspace

If you are not able to go outside, or it is too cold, bring the outdoors inside. There are many plants you can find that are inexpensive and low maintenance. Just ask your local nursery for recommendations. Greenery is not only refreshing to look at; it gives off a great source for mental clarity: good old oxygen.

7. Avoid sugary treats or beverages

It can be tempting to grab a candy bar at the vending machine when you are feeling the afternoon slump, but resist. This might wake you up for short period of time, but the overall effect of a sugar high and sugar crash will probably leave you feeling worse than when you started off.

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8. Take a walk

Have you been sitting at your desk, staring at a computer screen? Take a walk! Do a lap around the office or around the block if you feel so inclined. The blood circulation created by movement will help you focus. When I’m working from home, I have a timer set so that I can get up and do a random chore around the apartment.

9. Do something different

Change it up! If you have been working on the same project all day, you might want to switch to another task for a while. I am fortunate at my café job that I can switch from ringing up guests at the register to making food to cleaning up tables, if I want a change of pace. The key is to give yourself a break so that you can return to the original task with a clear head.

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10. Set a goal and/or reward

If you have three hours left at work and it seems like the day has already dragged on for an eternity, make a game out of it. Set a goal of what tasks you will complete by the end of the day and if you finish them, give yourself a treat to celebrate your accomplishments.

Sure you might experience an afternoon slump every now and again, but there are remedies! Use these tips the next time you feel like you might not make it through the day.

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Last Updated on May 23, 2021

10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

Seeking for the right job but not sure how to do it in a more effective way?

Try job search apps!

To make the job hunting process easier, I’m recommending 10 best job apps that can help you look for the right match anywhere at any time. The best of all? They’re all free!

1. jobandtalent

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    Great for browsing new jobs as you commute home via subway, bus or carpool, the jobandtalent app is like a Pinterest for job seekers.

    Easily browse, save and revisit job postings from your smartphone and receive notifications about jobs that match your professional qualifications.

    Download it for iOS and Android.

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    2. Jobr

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      This job hunting app is unique in that it lets you anonymously browse job listings based on your professional resume. If a company that you like also shows an interest in you, the app let’s you chat directly with a company rep. Great for getting your foot in the door and making a memorable impression.

      Download it for iOS.

      3. Monster Job Search

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        I’m a big fan of Monster. It’s one of the first job sites employers think of when they want to list a new position online. The Monster Job Search app functions pretty similarly to the normal website, so it’s very easy to use for not-so-tech-savvy job hunters.

        Download it for iOS and Android.

        4. Jobs and Career Search

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        job and career search

          This is a good, simple app for browsing global locations for your next job. With a job index of more than 50,000 jobs listed globally, this app is a good choice if you are moving to a new area and want to line a new job up quickly.

          Download it for iOS.

          5. Hyper Networking Groups

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            This job hunting app isn’t so much a job hunting app as it is a connections hunting app. It’s great for learning who’s who in your desired field and forming connections. It also shows you how you and your industry connections are connected via your social networks, so you can follow up with them on your other social sites.

            Download it for iOS.

            6. CardDrop

            CardDrop

              CardDrop is an awesome job hunting app that let’s you digitally drop and pick up virtual business cards. This app is great for helping you make new connections at seminars, interviews, meetings and conferences. You can also attach social media profiles to the cards you pick up or send to enable easier connecting on social networks.

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              Download it for Android and iOS.

              7. Job Interview Questions

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                Okay, so this app looks kind of outdated, but it’s super useful for getting you into the swing of answering any kind of interview question that is thrown your way. The big benefit of using this app is that it explains to you what your interviewers motivations might be for asking you a specific kind of question. Learn what your interviewer is looking for in your answers and be more prepared for the real interview when the time comes.

                Download it for Android.

                8. 101 Interview Questions and Answers

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                  This app is great because it provides guidance about the kinds of answers you should give for each kind of question. Think of it as an essay rubric but for job interview questions.

                  Download it for Android.

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                  9. Job Interview Question-Answer

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                    Feeling confident with your text-answered interview questions but concerned about doing the face-to-face interview? This app prepares you for interacting with your interviewer by simulating an employer asking you questions.

                    You can record your response and see what you look like to the interviewer to understand what movements, vocal pauses, etc. you need to work on.

                    Download this app for iOS and Android.

                    10. HireVue

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                      HireVue is a great job hunting app for those times when your interviewer wants to get some preliminary questions out of the way.

                      When an interested employer wants to interview you, they send you a request via HireVue and you can answer it in your free time, when you’re ready. Your interview might consist of a some FaceTime, some multiple choice questions or open-ended text answers and can be completed and sent to the interviewer when you’re finish.

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                      Download it for Android and iOS.

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