Ahhhh man. The classic 9-5. Honestly I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I accepted a full time engineering job after I graduated college. Yeah I had a co-op, but it’s totally not the same as a full time job! It wasn’t long into my full time stint that I was coming up with hacks to make your work day go faster.
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Yes, I love my job. That’s not the point of this post. My point is that transitioning from college to a 9-5 is so tricky! Not only do you not get random nap breaks in the middle of the day, but you also have to wake up way earlier than you did in college.
But regardless how much you love your job, there’s always going to be tedious tasks you don’t like to do. Or even days you just don’t wanna be at work because the sun’s finally out in Ohio. #Ohiostruggles. Or you have some awesome plans after the work day and it just can’t come soon enough. These hacks to make your work day go by faster are for you. So eat ’em up 😉
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Set a Reminder to Move
Because sitting all day is soooo not healthy! Not healthy for both your body and your brain. Getting up and moving around every so often will shake up your day and prevent you from being bored.
I have this Fitbit that reminds me to move every hour if I haven’t reached my step goal for the hour. It’s so helpful because when you’re deep into a project (even if it’s something you don’t like) you may forget just how long you’ve been sitting! Even a simple hourly reminder on your phone would help you remember to get up and take a lap around the office.
Don’t Sit at Your Desk During Lunch
Several places I’ve worked at have lacked a lunchroom. Which means eating at your desk. For me, spending my break time in the exact same spot I work in all day is a no-no for me. So what do I do? I eat my food while I’m still working. That way, when lunch time rolls around, I go outside and spend my lunch walking and getting fresh air.
If you have a lunch/break room, awesome! Either use that to your advantage, or you could still do the eat through work and walk around during lunch thing!
Strike Up a Convo With a Coworker
We humans need some social interaction! Work would be soooo boring is conversations between coworkers weren’t allowed. Whenever I need a break from my current task, I’ll do one of two things to make the work day go faster:
1. Strike up a conversation about that coworker’s personal life. I don’t get super personal with my coworkers, but we do talk about life and general happenings.
2. Talk to a coworker about what project they’re currently working on. Just because you aren’t included on their project doesn’t mean you can’t know what they’re working on. If you have an interest in another project, show interest! The more questions you ask and the more you engage, the more likely you are to be pulled into that project. And if you really like that one, it may make your future days go faster! 😉
Listen to Music or Podcasts
It should be no surprise that I listen to podcasts throughout the day. I’m totally and utterly obsessed with podcasts it’s ridiculous. So… if you need podcast reqs I’m totes your girl!
While I love business-related podcasts, during the work day I need something I don’t need to pay as close attention to. So I’ll listen to a lot of pop culture podcasts that just talk about random stuff and make for good background noise. When you work in a quiet office, noise is a must to keep your brain from falling asleep!
Time Block Tasks
Time blocking isn’t just for your personal life! Setting specific times to work on tasks is beneficial for your work day on so many levels. When you only work on one task at a time (and don’t bounce between several) your brain has time to really focus on the task at hand.
First, you can set an alarm to stop working on a task at a certain time. This will not only help your brain, but also prevent you from checking the clock every 2 seconds. Then, when that time block is up, move on to the next task you have to work on that day. These blocks will help you stay more productive and work harder to get the most done in that one period of time. However, if you don’t finish the task in that block, set another block for later in the day to finish it. Taking a break from a task can also give you a fresh perspective when you come back to it later.
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