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HOW TO HAVE A BET­TER DAY AT WORK

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MAKE YOUR COM­MUTE COUNT

If you’re go­ing to have to spend an hour get­ting to work, make the most of it. First, work on be­ing punc­tual. “Get­ting in on time, or a lit­tle early, helps your mind­set for the day and helps pro­mote a feel­ing of ac­com­plish­ment,” says Lynn Tay­lor on forbes.com. It may help to be a lit­tle pes­simistic when plan­ning your jour­ney. Ex­pect the worst, like bad traf­fic or ter­ri­ble weather so you can build ex­tra travel time into your sched­ule. “It also helps to lis­ten to mu­sic you like on the way,” adds Daniel Wallen of life­hack.org. “A good idea is to cre­ate a ‘get psyched’ playlist for the travel.”

RE­MEM­BER THE ‘ WHY’

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily hum­drum of work life and for­get the rea­son be­hind what you’re do­ing. “Re­mind your­self of why you go to work. How does your job fit into the big pic­ture of your life?” says Wallen. “Whether you’re work­ing to take care of your fam­ily, get ex­pe­ri­ence, or make the big bucks, re­mem­ber why you’re there and the stress of the day will be noth­ing but a fleet­ing set­back.”

SLAY THAT AF­TER­NOON SLUMP

Af­ter­noons are tricky, be­cause you’re nei­ther fresh, nor ex­cited about be­ing done for the day. In­stead of reach­ing for a cup of caf­feine, sip on some green tea for an af­ter­noon pick-me-up that won’t keep you up all night. Munch on some healthy seeds or nuts for a quick en­ergy boost and drink two glasses of wa­ter (de­hy­dra­tion can make you sleepy). Bonus tip: if you’ve been work­ing on the same project all day, switch tasks to stim­u­late your mind.

START THE DAY FROM SCRATCH

Of­ten, a day goes badly be­cause of carry-on bag­gage from the pre­vi­ous day weigh­ing you down. “Of course, projects from the pre­vi­ous day will roll over, but try to start afresh each day,” says David Shindler, au­thor of Learn­ing To Leap. “For­get about the sh*t from yes­ter­day, and hit the ground run­ning. Get or­gan­ised, and make a clear out­line for your day. The clar­ity will give you a feel­ing of ease,” he rec­om­mends.

Oh, and your favourite cof­fee al­ways helps

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