Life Skills

There’s nothing worse than having your Friday ruined by realising it’s only Tuesday. The average person spends 90,000 hours of their life in the workplace. With so much time spent at work, it’s important that you’re happy there. Tuesday’s should be just as good as Fridays. How can you make sure you have that Friday feeling every day of the week? By following the 10 #lifehacks I’ve listed below:

1)  Make breakfast the night before:

An incredibly simple but effective hack, that will make your whole day more productive and healthy. It’s actually proven that if you eat a healthy breakfast it means you’re more likely to stick with healthy food and snacks for the rest of the day. It also means you can have a cheeky extra snooze in bed, which is always a good thing!  Check out my favourite overnight breakfast foods here and here.

2) Be the office hero:

When moral is low, why not be the office here? Two words: Coffee. Cookies. Your co-workers will love you.

3) Follow the two-minute rule:

The two minute rule is the perfect procrastination buster that you should definitely start following. If you can finish a task in 2 minutes (such as replying to an email or sending someone a reminder), then do it NOW. Don’t put a 2 minute task off until later.

4) Have a full cutlery set at work:

Just do it. It makes life so much easier. Stirring coffee with a fork is just so wrong. And you don’t want to end up like this guy:

5) Make friends with the receptionist:

It’s the first face you see when you get into work and the last one when you’re leaving. Having a friendly chat with the receptionist in the morning can start your day off in a positive way and set the tone for the rest of the day.

6) Turn down your monitor brightness:

This is a saviour for anyone who gets very tired eyes from looking at a bright screen for too long. Turning down the brightness will ease eyestrain and allow you to continue working productively without hurting yourself.

7) Give yourself an hour of zoned-in productivity:

Working in an office is wonderful for creating a team atmosphere. But sometimes you just need an hour of working in solitude to really get some work done. Stick on some headphones with your favourite music, and get to work. Make that hour truly productive.

8) Plan for Monday, on Friday:

Although Monday seems like a lifetime away from a Friday afternoon, it’s actually useful to plan in advance for the first day of the new week. Monday mornings are often full of boring catchup work and it’s easy to forget what you need to be doing, so planning what you need to get on with is a great Friday afternoon activity!

9) Don’t get involved with work politics:

It’s an easy mistake to make, but getting involved with work gossip is probably one of the biggest mistakes you can make. It adds unnecessary stress into the work environment. So do yourself a favour and distance yourself from any gossip.

10) Finish meetings with 3 questions:

1. What do we need to do now 2.Who’s going to do it and 3. What’s the deadline for this task? Answering these three questions means your meeting has been summarised, and the takeaways are clear. There’s nothing worse than leaving a meeting feeling like you’ve got no where. Answering these three questions means you will.

Got any work #lifehacks you think everyone should know about? Tweet them to @UndercoverRec .

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About Ruby Lowe

Ruby is a Senior Account Executive at Link Humans in London.

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