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We all have that afternoon slump. After lunch or somewhere around 3 p.m. your eyes start to get low and time starts to move slower and slower. But there are ways to avoid that, and finish the workday as strong as ever.

Here are 5 ways to beat the afternoon slump:

 

Take A Break

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Need to get that afternoon caffeine fix? Or did winter just break so your face doesn’t freeze off every time you step outside? Take a break and get some fresh air. Just that five minutes or so out of the office can be the pick-me-up that you need. By the time you get back to your desk you’ll be able to pick up where you left off or even fly through an issue you had before. Now you can stay awake in that afternoon meeting and laugh at your coworkers who can barely keep their eyes open. Sounds like a win-win situation

 

Switch Tasks

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Work gets boring.  Sometimes you’ve just gotta spice things up a bit. And if you can’t step away from your desk switch tasks for a few minutes. Tired of crunching numbers? Answer a few emails! If actually doing work is out of the question, find a gaming website. Meanwhile, lets all shed a tear for the original digital time waster, Solitaire.

Listen To Music

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If you find yourself half asleep midway through Justin Bieber’s last album, or don’t usually listen to music at work, listen to something a bit more upbeat. Say, Kanye West’s latest album? And even if you do decide to listen to the Biebs, make sure you use headphones, so your entire work squad doesn’t make fun of you. And you probably shouldn’t dance.

 

Skip The Heavy Lunch

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Avoid the big lunch, bro. We know, its tempting. Sure you’ll be full but you’ll be trying to take a power nap under your desk, and that’s definitely not the move. Instead, keep it light for lunch, making dinner that much sweeter. That way if you do it a lot, you’ll be met by the comfort of your couch. And it doesn’t get much better than that.

Get More Sleep At Night

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Simple, right? But one of the best ways to avoid that afternoon doze at your desk is to make sure you get enough sleep at night. One of the best ways to get more sleep is to put down that the laptop or iPad (we know, it’s hard). But seriously getting some down time without being glued to a screen helps. Even prepping for the next day, which can give you an extra 30 minutes of sleeps is a good look. That way, you’ll only push that snooze button once instead of twice.

5 Ways to Beat The Afternoon Slump At Work  was originally published on theurbandaily.com

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