Do Less, Get More Done
WORKAHOLICS, LISTEN UP: STEP AWAY FROM YOUR DESK TO BOOST YOUR PRODUCTIVITY AND YOUR MOOD. YOUR BOSS – AND COWORKERS – WILL THANK YOU.
Take “Microbreaks” Taking a few minutes now and then can cut work stress while improving your efficiency and mood, a recent study reports. You can relax (“I’m not napping – I’m recharging!”), stimulate your mind (do something that’s not a chore – think Candy Crush, not online banking) or socialise (but don’t complain about work – chat about other topics). You like those Tasty videos? That’s fine. Maybe not before lunch.
Don’t Do E-mail After Hours We get it: You’re a devoted employee. But checking your e-mail after you’ve clocked out can affect your family life and lead to emotional exhaustion, new research confirms. Even if you have no e-mails to read, waiting for that ping can bring on something called “anticipatory stress.” So make this an ironclad rule – confirm it with your boss and coworkers – and you’ll enhance your job satisfaction in the long run.
Use Your Vacation Days Already You’ve heard this before, but evidently it hasn’t sunk in: Last year, 55 percent of US employees left vacation time on the table, letting companies keep US$61.4 billion in benefits (which they don’t need). Those who take their vacation days come back refreshed and perform better at work, a human resource survey indicates. Those who don’t just annoy their coworkers by going full martyr about all their unused time off.