How to stay productive when you're tired

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How to stay productive when you're tired

Deadlines can make for difficult times. You work until you're ready to drop - and then that little bit more! How can you stay focussed and produce good work when you're already exhausted?

None of us are superheroes, but using proven techniques it is possible to keep standards up when energy is low. For example, it's easy to do a few stretches at your desk, which can really get the oxygen flowing, energise your mind and improve productivity.

If you're working from home, consider a change of scenery to stimulate your creativity and help you refocus, essential for your time management. Co-working communities are popping up everywhere these days, and many of them remain open 24/7.

There are lots of simple tweaks you can make to give yourself a boost when your energy is low. We've compiled the best ones into a handy infographic, so you can try them all and see what works for you.

It isn't always pleasant when our work schedules clash with our body clocks. With a bit of careful self-management however, you can take control of the situation - and power on to a successful outcome.

How to stay productive when you're tired


Andrew Hewertson

Learning & Development Programmes Director

STL

@AndyH_STL

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Andrew is a Learning and Development professional with 20 years training industry experience, specialising in the delivery of engaging and contextually relevant soft skills and Microsoft Office applications training.

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STL provide learning solutions to help people and organisations be more productive. From time management, to leadership development, we're here to make work easier.

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