Most people don’t want to sit at a desk all day and neither do I. But that doesn’t mean you are slacker, it just means that you are human. And humans need breaks. Believe it or not there are ways to be productive at work without actually working. Most companies would rather employees maintain some level of productivity even during their elected downtime, but more importantly, if you are an individual that is serious about work, and wants to stay productive here are a few suggestions.
Tidy Your Work Area
Whether you work home or in an office, a cubicle or a shared work area, tidiness is never shunned. Cleaning, also gives you the opportunity to reorganize and remove any unwanted or distracting old tasks, and will also help to keep you focused on the tasks at hand.
Even if your office is paperless, you can still clean your work area. Often, there are files that we save on our desktops that we need to save permanently, and can stand to be put in their proper folders.
Take a break
Once your focus is broken, your focus is broken. SURPIRSE! Smoke breaks are even for people that don’t smoke; walk around the building, go and get a drink or a snack. 8 hours of work with potentially one lunch break means that if your mind is asking for a break - you probably need it.
Delete unneeded Emails and Voicemail's
You always need storage, and your IT will love you long time. This also gives you an opportunity to glance over anything that you have been working on recently, in case something went unaddressed that needs immediate attention.
Request Needed Supplies
There is nothing like retail therapy, even at work. From personal experience, I always have a make-shift invention of something that I can probably order that would be 10 times more efficient, for example, a document stand to hold any document that I am using to perform whatever task I am working on. Right now I am using the side of my monitor and scotch tape. The corners continue to fold over, damn gravity. A simple thing like ordering supplies will also help you stay organized and efficient. Organization is key after all!
Introduce Yourself to Someone New
This is what networking is all about. IT’S OKAY TO NETWORK INTERNALLY. I’ll say it again. ITS OKAY TO NETWORK INTERNALLY. You never know who other people know. Networking internally is a great thing, it gives you a recognizable face and when co-workers know you and your roll in the company, they are more comfortable coming to you with questions and assignments; which turns into more things for you to include in your self-evaluation, or to mention during review time.
Organize a team-building exercise
There is always drama, somewhere in the office there are two people who secretly can’t stand each other and they are both probably generally likable people. Be a leader, be the big guy on campus, you are now the top team-player, and all you did was say, “Hey, let’s all go bowling!”