How to Turn a Frustrating Day into a Great One

Do you have days when you are rushing around, getting loads done and you finish tired but happy?

How about busy days where you are rushing around but by the end of it you feel nothing productive has been accomplished, you just feel tired and frustrated with lots of unfinished things to do? On those frustrating days your motivation and mojo have left the building.

Frustrating days happen to all of us now and again.  It might be the energy around us on that particular day, it might be there is so much to get done it is too much for any 24-hour period or it could just be one of those inexplicable things.

So when you are having one of those frustrating days how can you turn it around and have a great one instead?

Managing frustrating days

I’ve found the following works even when things are pretty messy and complicated:

  • Firstly, when you get an inkling it is going to be one of those frustrating days stop, sit down and break down what you wanted to get done into small individual tasks. List or write them down physically and prioritise them from 1,2,3…etc.
  • Secondly lower your expectations for that particular day. I don’t suggest this often but for these frustrating days stop thinking towards your end goal.  Even better forget that you have any specific goal in mind and just look at your prioritised list of tasks dispassionately and without seeing how they link into each other.
  • Take your priority you have labelled number 1 and put on your desk/screen anything you need for that task alone. Close anything else down or move it out of your eye line and hide the rest of your prioritised list in a drawer somewhere.
  • Refuse to be distracted by anything else while you concentrate and tackle this one and only task. Short of a bomb being dropped on your head work within the parameters needed to finish the task.  Push down any emotions or worries about anything else or the next task/stage of work and if a colleague or call comes in that has nothing to do with the task in hand say you’ll get back to them later.
  • When you have finished this 1 thing put it to one side either completed or ready for the next phase.

Get your list back out of your drawer, cross off the task you have finished and, without scanning down the rest of the list, take priority number 2 and begin the process again.

Focus for frustrating days

Narrow your focus on frustrating days

Be singled minded and make your actions deliberate, step by step ones.  Keep it up until either it is the end of the day, you’ve got to the end of your list or you feel your flow returning and you know you can carry on happily accomplishing things without getting overwhelmed or frustrated again.

Before you finish for the day have a look at your list again.  Notice how many items are crossed off.  You should be able to see proof of how much you have managed to accomplish on that day and can enjoy your evening feeling satisfied with a job well done. And don’t forget to congratulate yourself so you end the day on a positive note.

The next day you will either be back in your flow and whizzing along again or you will just have to repeat the above process.  Whichever it is you will have headed off that tired, fed up feeling.

You do not need to let frustrating days overwhelm you if you shift and narrow your focus in this way.  After all tomorrow is another day and anything can happen.

Be Kind to Yourself – You’re Your Own Best Friend

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When the going gets tough, be kind to yourself

Is it me or are more people reaching burn out, tired all the time, getting sicker or throwing their hands up in the air in exasperation, disillusionment and despair?

I have a variety of friends and connections who are all showing worrying signs of getting to the end of their tethers in their various job occupations.

Thankfully, being self-employed and due to my PTSD rich in CBT practices, I seem to be avoiding the general malaise (a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or unease whose exact cause is difficult to identify). However, I am being called upon more frequently to act as friend and confidante and help where I can in shoring up their drooping ability to cope.

The biggest and best piece of advice I can offer is “Be Kind to Yourself”.

We all suffer from work related off days, bad days, periods of frustration, anger, resentment, wondering what it’s all about and these can run into weeks, months if not years. Changing your self narrative about these periods is the best way to cope and surmount them.

Being kind to yourself starts from within your brain. Your inner chatter should be asked and answered with the kindness that an outside friend would show you if you were offloading your worries and concerns to them. Your rational ‘friend’ voice lives within your subconscious so has to be asked directly to come forward and help.

The simplest way of doing this is to sit down in a quiet place and voice out loud your problem. Then imagine that it wasn’t you who vocalised at all. Imagine a friend in front of you who has just stated your problem as theirs. (no, this is not schizophrenic behaviour)

Be kind to yourself- what advice would you give a friend?

Consider what you would say to that friend. Would you be as hard on them as you are being on yourself?

Would you not offer them words of encouragement and support?

What would those words look and sound like?

Would you make suggestions as to where they could look for help?

Might you come up with ideas as to how they might improve their situation?

Might you not say, “Don’t be so hard on yourself, be kind to yourself?”

I always record myself when I’m being my own best friend and jot my replies down afterwards. Then I, quite literally, sit down again and give myself a good talking to but using my jotted down replies and vocalising them in the kindly tone I would use with a friend. It’s important to say them out loud as I think it embeds better in your mind and somehow hearing the advice seems to be more believable and convincing than just the written word.

The power of our brains cannot and should not be underestimated, especially in these stressful, uncertain and unsettled times. We all need to learn how to harness this power, so it benefits us rather than harm us and becoming your own best friend is just one step towards doing so. The next time stress wells up inside you, remember, be kind to yourself and give yourself a friendly talking to.

How do you get ahead of the waves of change? Create a splash yourself.

Change and the changes that affect us directly are like an ocean.  Vast, continuous, fluctuating and you often can’t see beyond the immediate horizon.  Wave after wave of change keeps rolling in and it does not discriminate or confine itself to industry specifics.  It washes over everything, every one, every organisation.

Waves of change through history

History reflects how dramatic the waves of change can be.  Think back to when the spinning jenny was invented.  It revolutionised the textile industry which used to be huge and one of the largest areas of employment.  Then think back to ship building or mining coal.  All of these industries were behemoth employers but how big are they now? 

Coupled with dramatics comes speed.  The speed of change is increasing as witnessed by the decrease in length of time between past human affecting revolutions. 

About 12,000 years ago we experienced the agricultural revolution which lasted until roughly 200 years ago when the industrial revolution began.  The gap between then and 1968 when the computer revolution began dropped to 150 years then it was only 22 years before the Internet Age. AI, 3D printing, quantum computers are already reality and the speed that new developments and discoveries are being made is rampant.

So, what would make any of us think that the industries we are working in right now will not go the same way as textile, ship building or coal becoming submerged by the waves of change. No-one is immune.

Create your own waves of change

One of the best ways to get ahead of the change wave is to create your own. 

To do this you have to step out and away from your current path.  Ignore the planning already in place (assuming you have them) and look at your industry from different perspectives.  If you want to be successful in this endeavour you have to uncouple your views and thinking from the ‘now’ and speculate about the future.  When speculating you also need to forget about the obvious routes you already know and can clearly see, allowing for constructive free-wheeling of ideas and thoughts along the lines I have previously written about

You really do need to divorce yourself from the here and now as well as the immediate future.  Look at the innovations and inventions that are making themselves known every day.  Consider the questions; ‘how might this affect my business’, ‘could this be used in my organisation’, ‘is this an avenue that would enhance or evolve what I’m doing now’ even if, at first glance, your reaction is to dismiss the new algorithms, systems, science etc as having little relevance to you.  Trust me, the likelihood, is they will have an impact eventually.  Anything that becomes feasible or interesting, follow them up by taking action.

It’s in this way that the droplets of ideas become ripples of yet more ideas, movement and action which in turn begin to form waves of initiative and progress.  Waves of your own that you want to make sure you are riding the crest of. This is how you harness the waves of change and make them your own.

The Menopause at Work

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Hands up anyone who had the menopause explained to them properly.  No, me neither. 

Did anyone warn you how much it would affect you in the workplace?  Nope, me neither.

Do you tend to keep quiet about it or find people smirk if you mention it? I do.

The menopause can affect men as well as women however I can only address the female perspective as that is what I am.

For some reason the menopause still seems to be a taboo subject. If you are brave enough to mention it there is very little sympathy and the understanding of its implications in your day to day life are often belittled precisely because no-one talks about it openly. So here I am, being open…

How does the menopause affect your work?

Not everyone suffers badly, but many of us do and it can go on for years.  When it hit me I thought it just involved a few hot flushes and the loss of your monthly cycle but how wrong I was.

The closest comparison I can get to is puberty.  Strange things start happening to your internal chemical balance with the drop in, mainly, oestrogen. Your body and mind starts behaving as if it is an alien entity.

For me it started off with the hot flushes, particularly at night.  I would wake up absolutely drenched and I mean dripping which necessitated a change of nightwear and bedding.  The ones that occurred during the day reminded me of literally (as I know) being on fire and it was impossible to cool down sufficiently to maintain any form of composure. Very, very unpleasant but I suppose something that just had to be coped with.

I then found that my energy levels dropped off.  If I did not get a 30 minute nap during the day I was absolutely stymied by the early evening.  Even if I did manage a daytime snooze being able to function effectively each day became a matter of pure willpower.  Gigs that finished late at night became something to be dreaded.  I also found that my memory (which was never great) got even worse which, in my case, when you are trying to remember talks or speeches was not helpful.  And my mood fluctuated all over the place with my patience and attention being stretched to their limits all the time.

Dealing with the menopause and its weird effects

But there was a much worse symptom.  I lost the ability to string a coherent sentence together.  In my mind I kept losing words that have formed part of my vocabulary for decades and there seemed to be disunity between what my brain knows it wants to say and the words coming out of my mouth.  Sometimes, my tongue feels incredibly weird and will not help me out with the correct pronunciation.  For someone who speaks for a living this could have been potentially a death knell for my career.

I tried all sorts of homeopathic remedies to lessen the symptoms but nothing seemed to work for me.  Eventually I gave in to HRT which, though it hasn’t got rid of them entirely, has brought the symptoms down to manageable levels and saved my profession.

I know that I am not alone.  The menopause when it strikes alters you completely.  It affects every facet of your life and dealing with it at work takes a lot of adjustment.  You have to listen to what your body is manifesting and telling you and then find ways around the symptoms revealed and/or, as I have done, reconfigure how and what you are doing to accommodate them.  Your brain and body have become a new, strange land that you must re-navigate around to find a new path back to some form of equilibrium. 

If any of you have found ways to minimise the effect of the menopause on your working life- do share and comment below- there are a lot of us out there who would appreciate the help.

You Are A Hero – Live your own story

You Are A Hero – Live your own story

Every single one of us is.

Consider this – you are, at this very moment, living, breathing and planning your very own story where you are the major character.  You are the star in your own story.  The person sitting next to you has their own story within which they are the star.  In fact everyone you encounter or see has their very own story going on.

There is no great over-arching story that we are bit players in even when we think there is.  Any ‘bigger’ picture or concern is simply what we choose it to be and how we then embrace it, that then influences how we continue to live out our own story. 

You live your own story while others, and the planet, live theirs

Even something such as climate change is founded upon other people’s stories; in as much as our effect on it is down to the stories that people told themselves in years gone past, which led to its causation and its continuing or not will also be down to what people tell themselves now, and in the future. (I have a pet theory that when the earth has had enough it will get rid of us). 

However, back to the here, now and more personal this is just the way it is.  From the time we are born we develop our own narrative as to what our life is, what we do, the emotions we feel and how outside influences will affect us.  We don’t always know or see the outside influences heading our way but whatever they are we very quickly manage to weave it into a narrative that makes sense to us, even when we are blaming someone else for them. It is the nature of humans that they are driven by a complex combination of nature and nurture but how we react to that is our own choice. Above all we as a race need a purpose, and what that is becomes an entirely personal decision.

We are literally our very own home-grown Hero.

Once you start appreciating this and the fact that you are also the author of your own story you can learn how to become a Master of It.

Fed up with your position in life? You have the ability to change it.  Prefer to work with nature rather than in an office? You can cause that to happen.  Envious of what others have? You can totally alter your future to bring that stuff into your life.

It doesn’t matter one iota what you think you might be missing, you can re-write things, so your story starts to follow the course that you want it to. The hard part is always having the courage to change your narrative and then putting what is required into action.

Our story and star quality is a personal thing.  It may interact, overlap and influence other peoples but it will never be theirs.  So, own it – be the Hero that you decide and want to be. Go enjoy living your own story.

The Benefits of Walking Away

Walking Away Perspective

The year 2018 seemed to fly past and, with so many changes in the pipeline, each year appears to pass faster and quicker than ever before.  Yet it is important to take some quality time out in order to remain strong, supple and resilient.

When time is short and tasks never ending it is very easy to get caught up in the ongoing, relentless roller coaster of getting things done, completing and then moving on to the next thing.  Yet, I was reminded recently of the benefits of walking away for a while.

I had occasion to disappear for a month for reasons of maintaining my health.  Before I left I was working 65+ hours a week, briefing my support staff, tying down lose ends and contacting ongoing commitments to explain the necessity of my absence and assuring them that all was in good hands.  The long hours and countless communications were nothing unusual, just the context was. It did feel that I was walking away, but I knew I needed to.

Walking away gives you perspective

While I was gone, I kept an eye from afar that my arrangements were working and that nothing urgent or imperative was cropping up but otherwise I went hands off.  I maintained my personal promise that I would only check in briefly once a day and would not interact with work unless it was absolutely necessary.  I have never been so distant from my work for almost a decade and, though I had qualms and misgivings, I chose to ignore these and really apply myself to the break.

Reading was only fiction, science and fantasy.  Watching was only films, visiting was to museums and art galleries, eating was indulged with different cuisines tried, and sleeping was pandered to before anything else.  It took about a week before the ‘guilt’ abated but then it was complete and utter bliss. Walking away was painful at first but ultimately a brilliant idea.

Coming back from walking away

I returned totally refreshed.  My mind, whilst idling, had obviously need the peace and space as new ideas, perspectives and attitudes have suddenly appeared.  Previous obstacles now have potential solutions and no longer appear overwhelming.  New avenues to explore have presented themselves and, though my office has an avalanche of emails, calls and post to be dealt with, they are being tackled with clarity and efficiency that had deserted me before.  My days are calmer and more productive – a state I am determined to maintain moving forward. Walking away literally gave me headspace.

Try walking away for a while

However busy, frenetic or challenging your life may be, it is so important in today’s world to allow yourself time off.  Your brain, body and personal wellbeing need space and rest in order to function efficiently the rest of the time.  It needn’t be as long as a month (I’m lucky being self-employed), it could be making a concerted effort to ignore work at the weekend or turn off your electronic devices when you get home. Concentrate on the people, things, hobbies or pastimes’ that give you joy and enrich your soul. 

Walk away for a time from your work. Not doing so may well lead to the things we fear most; failure, dis-satisfaction and burn-out.

What Business Model Do You Follow?

Business Model

If you are part of a large organisation you probably won’t know the specifics however, in general terms, you probably follow a similar business model to the rest of your competitors.

Does your business model still work?

Big banks follow the same basic methodology as everyone else in their field as do investment houses, insurance companies, accountants, solicitors…and so the list goes on. Therefore most businesses are caught and spend their days in executing business models. They follow a fairly standardised model accepted across their sector.  This is why change or an alteration in their course is so hard to achieve.

Now think about the disruptors that have shown themselves in recent years.  Uber, AirBNB, Fintech’s etc.  These companies are not following a standardised model.  In fact, when they started, I doubt that they had even conceived a business model at all.  They were in the process of discovering what their business model was which left them free to try things out and find what worked and what didn’t.  Hence they were able to angle themselves into industries with new, fresh outlooks and new ways of doing things which caught their larger competitors by surprise.  Consequently, they stole a sizeable, sometimes huge, chunk of that particular market share.

Discover your business model and become an industry leader

When you are discovering your business model you are unencumbered by all the things that weigh down your competitors.  You may have to make room for concerns such as regulation and legalities but for the most part you are able to play and experiment with what you are offering and then provide your consumer, user, client with exactly what they are looking for.

Disruptors such as these also, in the main, have the advantage of being small, are agile and nimble enough to adapt to changing circumstances and demand.  However, the most successful ones don’t then sit back and follow the same business model year on year.  They are always looking forward, testing the water with new ideas, new avenues, different structures to see where they can go next (think Netflix – from video hire to streaming).

Business models should be a journey of discovery and one that never finishes unless you want to become stale, static and eventually irrelevant.

Don’t get overtaken by competitors, adapt your business model

There are no reasons why larger or established companies can’t adopt the discovery attitude. It doesn’t mean they having to instigate major upheaval or close down in anyway.  What they do need to do is look at start-ups and pay attention to the new skills they display, especially mind set. Setting aside a few people and resources, perhaps a separate department, dedicated to the concepts of discovery, change and disruption could work wonders and catapult your business forward.

So my question to those of you in larger institutions out there is; are you courageous enough to experiment?  If your business model isn’t working, do you have the foresight to change it?

The Power of Thank You (the personal power tool that costs £0!)

The Power of Thank You

Have you ever been in the situation where you have held open a door for someone and they sailed through without saying a word? Or how about letting someone in front of you in a line of traffic and they make no sign of acknowledgement. Or, as happened to me recently, you spend an entire day preparing a feast for a dinner party to have someone turn up empty handed, they eat your food, drink your wine and never say thank you, not even a text!

Annoying isn’t it? It can make your blood boil, and have you noticed the unpleasant sensation it leaves you with afterwards? The only thing greater than the power of thank you is the sour taste a lack of thanks can leave.

The power of thank you is seriously underestimated

Some employers make the mistake of thinking that things such as money, extra holiday entitlement, or promotions are the only ways to keep staff happy. Of course these are great to receive but it all costs money and eats into profitability if they are the only tools used.

There are plenty of things leaders can do that cost absolutely zero £.  The first of these is the all too obvious but much underused words of ‘thank you’.

Human beings respond much more positively to praise.  If you actively look for what is good in a person or what they are doing which is spot on if not surpassing your anticipations, then actively bring attention to this by acknowledgement and a thank you, that person will respond in a favourable way. The power of thank you is the warm glow it gives a person.

You don’t need awards or anything over the top by way of a thank you.  Just stop and consider how good you felt when someone took the time to notice something you had done or achieved and then went out of their way to come up to you and say something great about it.  How did that make you feel for the rest of the day? It’s that feeling you should be instilling in those you are responsible for.

The power of thank you costs zero £ but a few moments of time

Even when you’re busy there is always time to glance up and outwards to review how your team members are doing and, if you are a good leader, how their morale is.  Some may need more encouragement than others, some may not trust their own regard for themselves and some may need support and help.  But how are you going to know this unless you take the time? Acknowledgment and thanks are extremely powerful, especially when times are stressful or tough.

It is very easy and often the norm to watch employee’s performance and pull them up on what it is that they are not doing or are doing imperfectly.  While this may be regarded as positive feedback because it will help them improve, it quite often isn’t and doesn’t.  Criticism and having what are perceived as negative points raised can be viewed as an attack on their personal identity and I’ve never known a person respond well to it.

Of course, sometimes it is necessary to address performance issues for the overall good of the team and company, however first look for the good and start with that.  Think carefully about the more negative issue you need to raise and how you can do so without attacking their personality and always finish with a positive phrase or aspect directed back at them as a person.

You’re human, they’re human – treat them as you would yourself – with positive regard and humanity. Use the power of thank you constructively and enjoy the smiles you get in return.

(Oh, and thank you for taking the time to read this article)

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Are we really all born equal?

I was recently watching the movie Made in Dagenham which is based around the story of the 1968 female workers at Ford walking out in protest over unequal pay.  They succeeded in their battle and it led to the 1970 Equal Pay Act being introduced.

Have things changed since the 1970’s? Or, is being born equal irrelevant?

As I watched a scene where the fictional heroine orders a Babycham, I mused over how you would never hear that phrase in a bar today and perhaps it was just as well that things have moved on since then.

But have they….?

The Equal Pay Act 1970 was replaced by the Equality Act 2010.  Under the Act all employees have a right to equal pay for equal work, men and women, and pay includes the complete pay and benefits package. The pay received for a role can be compared to anyone who is doing the same job, used to do the same job or is in a directly comparable role.

In 2018 companies with more than 250 employees were obliged to provide gender pay gap information to the government.  The figures are imperfect as, due to some unexplained exemptions, high level executives pay was excluded.  However, I’ve looked at some of the companies and their reported gaps and was appalled at what has come to light (I suspect the picture is probably worse because of the exemptions).

On average women are paid 9.7% less than their male counterparts for the same role.  Doesn’t sound too bad? (though there shouldn’t be any gap at all)

We may be born equal but are we treated equally?

But I then delved deeper, specifically looking at the financial services sector, I checked out 12 well known, respected and, I would have hoped, forward thinking companies and this is where my jaw dropped open:  the lowest gap was 23.4% and it then ranged upwards into the 30%, 40% with the highest a staggering 59%!

I am not going to name the companies concerned, suffice to say anyone can check out the same information at  It allows you to look up individual companies as well as running comparisons to get a broader picture.

Thankfully the government’s requirement for companies to continue reporting their gender pay gaps will continue every year so logic dictates that these companies will be forced to address and equalise their pay structures tout suite.

I sincerely hope they do act quickly as 50 years on from the original, unambiguous and clear Equal Pay Act is quite long enough for parity to have been achieved and it is a disgrace that it hasn’t as yet.

We may propound the notion of being born equal; now we literally need to put our money where our mouths are and make sure all are treated equally.

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4 Tips Guaranteed to Increase Productivity

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Sleep – increase productivity

You simply cannot take getting enough sleep for granted.  Without enough sleep you will, literally, slow down. Whether you work shifts, or 9-5 you need enough sleep if you want to increase productivity. Forget about our concept about time – the minutes and hours we stipulate as day and night.  The human body has its own internal circadian clock (which happens to be roughly 24 hours, just over) which, when factored into our routines, keeps our bodies, minds and organs functioning at optimal levels.  We are, of course, able to over-ride these natural rhythms (paying more attention to external clocks) however, over a period of time this will affect our ability to perform at peak levels and decreases our productivity.

Sluggishness, irritability, feeling unwell, compromised immune systems are just a few of the effects of becoming sleep deprived and can lead to serious and long term mental welfare problems if left unaddressed.

There are plenty of articles, advice and tips online about how to get enough sleep (approx. 6-8 hours) and it’s important to know what your individual body needs. Proper attention to knowing what you require and then doing everything you can to ensure you get it, is the easiest way to guarantee your ability to perform at your peak level and increase productivity.

Meditation and/or Mindfulness to increase productivity

Managing stress can sometimes be easier said than done, especially if you work in a highly challenging environment.  However, to mitigate some of our stress levels meditation and mindfulness definitely help. If your mind is over busy, your body slows down, and everything is a struggle. To increase productivity, you need to help your mind regain focus.

Both meditation and mindfulness are terms bandied about a lot these days.  In simple terms they are both used to calm our frenzied minds.  Meditation is an umbrella term, which can include mindfulness, and denotes acknowledging your mind and self-regulating it.  Mindfulness is the act of focussing in on the present whether that be drinking a cup of tea, peeling vegetables or concentrating on your breath.  You are so present in whatever you are doing you can banish any other thought or worry from your mind and only be aware of the act you are doing.

Again there are plenty of exercises in both meditation and mindfulness online, find the one that works for you.  Starting your day with at least 10 minutes has been proven to improve brain functionality for the rest of the day.  Where possible repeating the exercise when you get overwhelmed will also help as it will with sleep if done before going to bed.

Daylight – nature’s way to increase productivity

Going back to the body’s natural rhythms, daylight plays a large factor in our overall well-being.  Before time or clocks were invented we would rise with the daybreak and sleep when night fell.  Today, we are cooped up in buildings with artificial light or in transport travelling to and from our occupations so we get little opportunity to get natural daylight.  This does inhibit some of our bio-chemical messages which in turn affects our productivity.

Standing outside, even on a cloudy of rainy day, with our faces turned up toward the daylight for at least 15 minutes a day gives a boost to our bio-chemistry. By looking into natural daylight your eyes take it in and produces the hormone Serotonin which helps us feel calm and focussed.  It also boosts our vitamin D levels which helps our bones, staves off anxiety and depression and is speculated to assist in fighting off some forms of cancer. So, daylight is nature’s easy boost to increase productivity.

Move More – yes, it’s true, our bodies need exercise to increase productivity

I can hear the groans from here.  We all know that exercise is beneficial for us yet so many of us don’t do it.  ‘Too busy to fit in’, ‘hate the gym’, ‘I don’t want to get sweaty’, we can spend an inordinate amount of time thinking of ways not to exercise.  However, it needn’t be that regimented.

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise when done briskly and in the fresh air.  Taking stairs, cycling, swimming, doing yoga.  It doesn’t really matter what the exercise is just find something that you enjoy or don’t mind doing and doesn’t interfere with your daily routine too much – you’re more likely to keep it up.  Check out my stress busting exercise tips here

The trick is to make sure it puffs you out a bit and gets your heart pumping.  That oxygenates your blood which in turn helps your little grey cells and eliminates nasties from your system at the same time.  If you can find 10/15minutes a day to get a coffee you can substitute one of those times to get a bit of exercise.

If you’re in a sedentary job then get a standing desk at the very least.  You’ll be surprised how much energy you burn when you stand regularly and work at a standing desk, plus it improves posture.

With so many days of productivity being lost to stress as well as back and neck pain, these 4 simple, easily implemented, non-onerous tips really will help you feel better and get some positivity back into your work. Rather than burn the midnight oil trying to cram more work in; try these 4 tips to increase productivity.

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