Staying engaged with work has become a problem, according to staffing experts at Robert Half. Their Office Team survey showed that the typical employee feels disengaged or bored with their work for about 10.5 hours per week. In the winter months, 28% of workers feel disengaged.
It is possible to stay sharp and engaged in nearly any job, however, Lifehacker suggests a multifaceted approach to ensure you are ready for your work day and make work more challenging. Take a look at these steps to get yourself in gear:
1. Make sure to get enough sleep. The first step happens before you even fire up your computer. Make time each evening to get a good nights rest. Most people need seven to nine hours of sleep each night, but many don't get that much which leaves them feeling sluggish through out the day.
2. Catch up while you commute. Look at your commute as an opportunity to jumpstart the day and center your thoughts. Mentally review your work for the day, noting the task that you will start first. Then, let go of work for a while and inject creativity with a podcast, audiobook or music.
3. Prepare your workspace for success. At the office, take a good look at your workspace and consider adding more ergonomic seating, better lighting, or even a plant to make your environment more comfortable. Sit-stand desks can be a great way to get the blood flowing throughout the day.
4. Challenge yourself. Not feeling challenged can also be a significant roadblock to staying engaged at work but there are many ways to increase responsibilities without adding extra stress. Perform a self-assessment. Identify your strengths and opportunities within the company, take steps to enhance your personal contributions, and share these efforts with a coworker or manager.
Ready for more? Focus during meetings, ask questions and take notes to stay engaged. Talk to your manager to see if there is room for an extra creative project or maybe time for skill enhancement. Use downtime to learn a new language or master an important computer application or even develop something new to streamline work for your company. No one likes to go to work each day and feel like a robot barely making it through their work. Be ready to take the initiative, bring yourself prepared for your day, create a work environment that encourages your personal success and challenge yourself to make your job even more engaging.