Get that Friday Feeling!
Aug 12, 2016
In the modern day office we receive thousands of emails, phone calls and ad hoc tasks every day and these can be overwhelming. Our workload is increasing all the time, and so by the time Friday reaches us we can start to feel very lethargic and often day dream about the weekend ahead of us.
So what can we do to stay focused and embrace the Friday feeling?
Do you know that you can spend over 7,000 hours a year with the people you work with? That’s more than your family and loved ones. So building relationships in the workplace is important. Of course personalities are different and you won’t be able to do this with everyone, but interaction with your colleagues is important. Make sure you interact with your colleagues throughout the day, whether it is on work related subjects, working through finding a solution to a query, or simply asking “how was your evening?” All this interaction creates mood boosters and you’ll feel a lot better for it.
Stay ahead of the game
Planning your next working week can be really useful. It not only helps create a feeling of comfort and organisation for the following week knowing what you have coming out and your time planned out well, but can help leave work behind when you shut down Friday evening. It also helps break up the work and if you are finding you’ve been working on a task for days you can break it up, take some time away and come back a new next week.
Review your week
As well as planning your next week, why not review the current? This is a really useful tool that can help with your current work processes. You may find something that you could do better, saving time and sometimes unnecessary effort! You’ll be surprised how much you learn from these reviews.
Pick your task
If you have multiple tasks that need to be completed, choose the most active task you can. Look at a task that might get you talking, walking and investigating. This will keep you focussed and less likely to drift into a vacant state of mind.
Take the time to make a cup of tea. Sitting at your desk all day with no food or drink invites a decrease in productivity. Staring at a computer screen for hours on end is not a healthy way to work, therefore a good way to keep your mind focused is to make sure you are getting enough time to step away and breath for a minute or two. It not only gives your mind a breathing space but it’s healthy for your eyes to take that time away and you will find that those two minutes bring a change when you log back on.
Happy Friday Everyone and Enjoy Your Weekend!