Top Tips For Increasing Workplace Productivity At The Office And Working From Home

Dr. Ariel Thorpe

8 Minute Abs. 4 Hour Work Week. 10 kg in 1 month. The promises of quick fixes are ever-appealing and popular. Let's be real, if 8 minutes of abdominal exercise was all we needed, the majority of the population would be walking around showing off their six packs. It takes a bit more effort than that. However, there is some inspiration to be had from these trendy offerings: a little bit is better than nothing. If we want to be productive, whether in life or at work, the key is to keep your focus on the task at hand and put in the work, whether it is just a bit or the entire project at once. I have seen many of my clients struggle with long workdays and low productivity in the office and working from home. Check out these solutions to common workplace productivity problems:

Problem: You've been sitting in front of your computer for hours and you're starting to feel physically sore or stuck.

Solution: Stand up and do five air squats. Even if you're pressed for space, just stand up, face your feet directly forward, slowly bring your bum down almost to sitting on your chair, then press through your heels, squeeze your bum, and stand back up. Once you sit back down in your chair to continue your work, you will have better proprioception and the opportunity to start fresh for work with better posture and more oxygen flowing into your brain. For even better results, get your spine and nervous system checked by a chiropractor. Chiropractic adjustments have an immediate effect on our brain's ability to communicate to our body and allow for increased proprioception.

Problem: Your eyes are starting to feel tired or blurry and a headache may even be on its way.

Solution: Assess your lighting. If you have the power to change your lightbulbs, ditch the fluorescent in favour of LED. If that is not an option, try wearing blue light blocking glasses to minimize the amount of blue frequency light coming from electronic devices and lightbulbs. Even better, create as much natural lighting as possible in your workspace. Take regular breaks to go outside and enjoy natural light. The earlier you can get outside into natural light, the better. A 15-minute dose of natural UV light first thing in the morning will help set your natural circadian clock and you will sleep better that night. The most common feedback I hear from my clients after their first chiropractic adjustment is that they had the best night’s sleep in ages. A good night’s sleep is essential for having a good day at work.  

Problem: You are feeling burnt out with work.

Solution: Go on a brisk walk. When we move in forward motion outdoors, seeing our surroundings pass us by in our peripheral vision helps to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (the “rest and digest” system). Usually if we are feeling burnt out, it is because our body has been so ramped up in a sympathetic (“fight or flight”) state, that we lose touch with our ability to self-regulate and move between these two states in a healthy way. This is why chiropractors are focused on nervous system health; we know when a nervous system is balanced, all health goals can be achieved.  

Problem: You're feeling tired and disconnected from your work.

Solution: Hydrate. Are you drinking enough water? Your brain needs enough water and minerals to function correctly. Drink filtered water throughout your workday. Particularly if you work in a hot environment, ensure you get enough potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium. Reverse osmosis or distilled water contains no minerals and can cause an imbalance of minerals in your cells. Make sure you supplement with minerals if you drink reverse osmosis or distilled water. If you're not sure about what supplements are right for you, ask your chiropractor for a consultation. 

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