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Get more sleep, they say….

Without fail that afternoon slump usually happens around 2:30-3, that’s my magical time. Of course, they all tell you, “Get more sleep! Go to bed earlier or stay off your devices before you go to bed at night to have a better rest.” Really, who can do this?! If I could just turn off my Netflix binge habit…. Nah. Drink more coffee instead! Just kidding that’s not the answer either.

What, did you just say don’t drink coffee/caffeine??? You, an advocate of coffee consumption on the daily??? Yes, I did. Truth be known, I drink coffee all day and it doesn’t help one bit. Apparently, according to others, this isn’t a good thing either (eye roll)! Regardless, that time of day always rolls around and it almost always hits me right in the face causing my eyelids to droop.

So what’s the solution for those afternoon lulls?

Well according to my fitbit, it yells at me telling me to get off my toosh and move. Even though it is a gentle tickle on my wrist, it prompts me to go, go go! I really think it does yell that.

In all seriousness though, I have learned that getting up, going outside getting fresh air and feeling the sunshine on your face, soaking up a few rays of that vitamin d, smelling that ocean air… wait I’m in South Dakota. Darn it, no beach… well it got you to clear your mind and relax a bit didn’t it? You might take a brisk walk around the block, walk up and down the stairs, do some jumping jacks or push-ups, or even just stretch at your desk. The key is simply to move, which gets oxygen flowing and helps your body and mind overcome fatigue. Have a meeting scheduled? Go outside and walk with the client.

You will feel more energized, less stressed, and more focused during interactions with your clients and team. Do this at least once a day for 15-20 minuets – typically around 2:30 or 3 pm. I swear it feels like you’re on vacation for about 20 minutes a day!  Afterward, you should feel like your brain has recharged. This should increase your productivity for the rest of the day!

I am going to go a step further and say after you have cleared your head, refocused taken deep breaths, throw on some jams. Use music to motivate and energize. Music is a great way to rev up or calm down. Just as you use music to energize when you work out, you can do the same thing for you 2:30-3pm slump. The type of music that works best will differ from person to person: a fast-paced beat might get one person moving and energized, a laid-back beat might help someone else clear his mind and focus. And with that, you will, without fail, become greater than!

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