The average UK worker will spend a whopping 92,000 hours at work over their lifetime, which makes it not all that surprising that some of us doze off at our desks every now and again. But if you’ve got deadlines looming, a manager on your case and a mounting pile of paperwork, this lack of alertness can soon lead to a serious problem. In today’s article, we’ll be tackling this issue head on - giving you five things you can do to feel more alert and productive at work.
It’s widely known that coffee can help you stay sharp, thanks to the energy-boosting powers of caffeine. Whether you cherish your 11 o’clock brew or you prefer a quick post-lunch pick-me-up, drinking coffee at any time of the day can enhance our mental performance and keep us alert for longer. If you work in an office, the communal coffee machine is more than likely Nespresso. Using our Nespresso-compatible pods, you can enjoy an easy-to-make, high-quality energy burst to keep you working at your best throughout the day. With so many flavours of Nespresso pods to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
If you sit away from the window and you find your attention waning, it might have something to do with the lack of natural light. Sunlight tells our brains that it’s time to wake up and get on with the day - so when we’re deprived of natural light, we can quickly become tired and demotivated. The benefits of ample natural light are far reaching, too. Natural light has been scientifically proven to make us up to 40% more productive and 15% more creative, and it can also help us get up to 46 minutes more sleep at night. So, next time a window-side spot opens up in your office, make the move and you’ll reap the benefits.
When you’re faced with an almost impossible workload, it would be easy to assume that working without breaks would be the quickest way to get everything done. Unfortunately, when we don’t take breaks, our productivity can plummet - which actually means we’ll be slower if we don’t step back from our screens every once in a while. It could be as simple as spending 10 minutes in the morning and afternoon brewing your favourite coffee capsules, or even just taking a proper lunch break away from your desk which, astonishingly, 70% of UK workers don’t currently do.
Either way, by taking a break, you’ll come back rested, rejuvenated and ready to get back to work.
While multitasking can be tempting, juggling multiple jobs at once could be your downfall. Not only will multitasking lower the quality and speed of your work, but recent research suggests it could even permanently damage your brain. When it comes to your alertness, working on multiple tasks at once comes at a price. Switching between activities is confusing for our brains, which aren’t hardwired to process several things simultaneously. Ultimately, when we multitask, our cognitive functions slow down and we can end up feeling tired and stressed as a result. The answer is simple: work on one task at a time and you’ll work at your best.
The NHS recommends we should drink at least six to eight glasses of liquid a day, but whether we actually drink that much is sometimes questionable. Drinking water keeps our bones, joints and muscles lubricated, can reduce stress and cleanses the body of toxins - amongst many, many other benefits. A mixture of water and other liquids like coffee ensures your body is getting the energy it needs to see you through the day.
If you become dehydrated, the consequences can be severe. Besides the associated physical health risks, you’ll fast become tired and unproductive without sufficient liquids to sustain your mind. Remember to drink regularly throughout the day and you’ll stay alert, healthy and energised.
Whether you take a short walk through the park on your lunch break or you move seats to sit beside the window, there are a number of easy tricks you can use to stay alert at work. Follow our tips and you’ll stay responsive, sharp and ready to embrace whatever the working day throws at you.