You’ll be prepared to tackle the tasks ahead if you pay attention to your energy level during the work day
Healthcare professionals often work long hours, and must stay alert, especially if they are involved in procedures or assisting during an emergency. But everyone working in a medical office also has to be on their game—there are many important details to keep track of, in serving all the patients that come through in the course of a day. All of this exertion, both mentally and physically, requires energy to keep going.
First thing’s first: Remember that there’s no substitute for being well rested. 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night is ideal for performing well on the job. But once you’ve taken care of that, follow these tips to have a productive work day—and maybe avoid that mid-afternoon slump.
Get some air
It’s important during the day to take a break and go outside. Even if you stop to take time to eat lunch, sitting at your desk (or a windowless break room) can contribute to sleepiness or restlessness. You want to get out from under the fluorescent lights, take in some vitamin D with some natural light. The fresh air provides oxygen that can wake you up a bit, and it gets the blood moving.
A little stroll at some point during your work day—even just for five or ten minutes—is also good for your eyes, back, and neck. The body’s meant to move, not meant to be stationary—and definitely not meant to be in a seated position, staring at a computer monitor for hours on end! You might find that, when you get back to your station or your desk after a break, you have a bit of a second wind.
Fit in some exercise before work
One of the best ways to boost your energy is to get in a little workout before your work day begins. This doesn’t need to be a full-hour spinning class or a strenuous hour of weightlifting, but 30 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical machine will get your heart pumping and send oxygen to your muscles. An invigorating shower afterward will feel great as you get dressed for work. Some people also notice that their minds are calmer after exercise, which can be great at a stressful job. Try it for two or three days out of your work week, and notice if you feel a difference in your energy level during those work days that follow.
Vary your routine at work
One of the tricks to keeping your mind active is mixing up how you do things. Maybe you’re used to doing the same tasks in the same order each day, if it makes the tasks seem manageable. But this can cause your mind to go on auto-pilot and your energy to wane. Try structuring your day so that you alternate between computer work and things that require moving, listening, and responding. Make sure you have regular interactions with your coworkers throughout the long stretches when you are being productive. It keeps you alert, and can also make the time seem to go by more quickly.
At Branford Hall we want you to do your very best in all of your professional endeavors. Taking to heart some of these suggestions makes it possible to tackle the tasks in front of you with mindful attention and care.