After the Rio Olympics, I spent one month in London doing work experience with Musto clothing. I worked in their marketing department and commuted into central London from Sutton, where I was staying with my brother. Having never had an office job (I know I know, don’t hate me too much!) I was curious as to how it would compare to what I do in my Olympic sailing career. Would I be exhausted all week? What would the commute be like? Would I have any energy to see friends in the evenings or weekends?
The answer to all of those questions is another story... but I definitely found it challenging to stay alert and focused all day sitting at a computer! Here are a few tips I have found that worked to keep my energy up in the office - maybe they will help you too!
Mini breaks and fresh air!
Take at least one mini break before lunch and one after lunch. It breaks the day up, gets you up and walking around, as well as helping clear your head so you can sit back down refreshed. Ideally, this would involve going outside and getting some fresh air, if possible. You could even try a bit of mindfulness in your break for 60 seconds – blog coming soon on mindfulness…
Have healthy snacks, ready to eat, so you don’t rely on milky sugary hot drinks to keep you going. It's really easy to 'accidentally' drink 5-10 cups of caffeine rich tea or coffee throughout the working day! Beware! Caffeine - as I'm sure you know already - is not your best friend. It can cause restlessness, nervousness, stomach irritation, raises your blood pressure and an increased risk of heart attacks! Stick to sipping herbal tea! My current favourite is green peppermint tea.
An apple or banana is great as they are refreshing and give you a natural sugar hit. During the afternoons, I loved having a pack of almonds to snack on! I love the taste and the crunch would wake me up!
Keep drinking lots of water!
I know, everyone always says it! But, honestly, it is the best thing for you! My current favourite bottles are from Hydrate M8! These bottles are handy, because they have little lines and markers reminding you how much to drink at what time, a foolproof way to stay hydrated! They look great, are super practical and I have found they make a big difference to how much I drink during a normal day!
Schedule meetings in different places!
If possible, be creative with where you have your meetings during the day. Different locations keeps it interesting, makes you move around and will help you stay engaged. Outside would be amazing if it’s a nice day!
Try a 15 minute yoga session in the morning!
Getting up is not my strong suit, I would always have a shower and dry my hair the night before work to save time in the morning. The idea of exercise that early seems mad to me, not least because I’d have to have a shower which would add another 15 minutes to my regime! Doing a 15 minute yoga session was great. You don’t sweat, you can do it at home, it gives you 15 minutes when you are focusing entirely on yourself, which is so important for the mind and gives you a buzz feeling! It makes you feel likeyou have kick started your day and are already being productive.
I know it sounds obvious, however setting yourself a realistic task list for the day means you won’t be so overloaded and therefore stay engaged during the whole day. If it’s not realistic then it will feel overwhelming and you will spend more time stressing and worrying about how you will manage everything. Plus, it’s super satisfying ticking items off your list!
Do you guys have any ideas that have worked well? Please share below!