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How Your Workspace Influences You

Your physical workspace can either energize you or deplete your energy.

  • Twenty-five percent of a desk's messiness is related to organizational skills. The rest is part of time management.
  • If the piles on your desk are moving, you're probably doing O.K. with some clutter.
  • However, try to keep your desk clear except for the one project you are working on, along with the equipment you need to finish it.
  • To change your workspace, spend the last 10 minutes of your workday organizing your desk for the next day.

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  • Move more. Sitting for long periods is bad for you and for your ability to be productive.
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Keep in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle

  • Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day;
  • Avoid sleeping in, even on weekends;
  • Limit naps to 15 to 20 minutes in the early afternoon;
  • Fight after-dinner drowsiness. If you get sleepy way before your bedtime, get off the couc...

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1. Practice Your Breathing

Whilst at work, take notice of your breathing every 10-15 minutes. If you are breathing and your shoulders are rising, you are breathing sharply and are under stress. This reduces your stamina. 

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How it’s done:  Inhale for a count of 4, then exhale for a count of 4, all through the nose, which adds a natural resistance to the breath. Once you manage it, you can go up to a count of 6.

It calm the nervous system, increase focus and reduce stress.

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