Just not at your desk

Stabroek News Sunday - - FITNESS AND HEALTH -

In the world of work today we spend a lot more time at our desks, in­clud­ing our lunch breaks. It makes sense to keep some items handy. But some things you should def­i­nitely avoid. Here are some dos and don’ts: * Dis­pose of your half-fin­ished bowl of food. If you’re hav­ing the re­main­der of it later, put it in the of­fice fridge. If you are done with it throw it out, par­tic­u­larly if you’re shar­ing a cu­bi­cle/room. Aside from pos­si­bly both­er­ing co­work­ers, crumbs and for­got­ten food could at­tract pests. Take food garbage out­side, do not dis­pose of it in the of­fice trash can.

* Cer­tain fra­grances, like pep­per­mint and lemon, can do wonders for your pro­duc­tiv­ity and fo­cus. And while it might be a great idea to in­cor­po­rate these scents into your workspace, try and re­alise that your col­leagues might not share the same tastes. You can keep a small bot­tle of the es­sen­tial oil of your choice at your desk and when you need a fra­grant pick-me-up, dab a drop onto a cot­ton ball and take a sniff.

* In an elec­tion year, it might be tempt­ing to show your sup­port for your favourite can­di­date. Don’t. Keep your po­lit­i­cal pref­er­ences to your­self.

* You might need to keep cer­tain beauty items nearby. A desk drawer would work just fine. Keep them out of your main space. Your desk should help you feel or­ga­nized and fo­cused.

* Un­less its es­sen­tial for your job, put your cell phone away. Oth­er­wise, it might tempt you to check your no­ti­fi­ca­tions every five min­utes, re­sult­ing in de­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity. You can take it out dur­ing a break or at lunch time.

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