Afternoon not so delightful for many workers
If you're constantly battling the afternoon slowdown at work, take heart because you're not alone. A recent survey of senior managers confirms the late afternoon is the most common time for workers to hit the proverbial wall.
- 8 to 10 a.m. – 10%
- 10 a.m. to noon – 4%
- Noon to 2 p.m. – 19%
- 2 to 4 p.m. – 28%
- 4 to 6 p.m. – 37%
- Don't know – 2%
- Plan ahead. Don't push challenging projects off until the end of the day when your energy might be waning. Use your less-energetic periods to catch up on more routine tasks, such as responding to e-mail and reading industry publications.
- Get out and smell the roses. If you feel your energy beginning to dip, stretch or take a short walk to recharge. Try eating your meals or holding afternoon meetings outside.
- Eat well. Remember to make time for lunch and nutritious snacks throughout your workday. Avoid foods high in carbohydrates, which can cause you to crash later.
- Track goals. Keep a to-do list to remain focused and ensure it's visible on your desk so you can check items off as they're completed. There's nothing more motivating than making progress on your projects.
- Switch gears. If you're struggling to focus, take a quick break and research something new. Changing tasks can help increase your productivity late in the day.