Afternoons around 2-3pm are the most difficult time for me. I’m a technical writer so reading/writing/reviewing documentation isn’t the most exciting thing to do in the afternoon. Don’t get me wrong. I love my job. I just hate dealing with food coma. Every other day, I slump in my chair, with hands on the side of my head, a pen in my hand, and review papers on my desk, I start seeing flying unicorns and two-headed turkeys. zzz… It’s a problem I’ve had since I started working as a technical writer.
I’ve tried all sort of tactics and none work consistently. But I’ll share them anyway in case any of you have problems dealing with food coma. (Note: Not all of them are work or boss-friendly)
- Drink lots of water (and take frequent bathroom breaks).
- Eat a smaller lunch.
- Cut back on the carbs.
- Cut back on the sugar.
- Eat a higher protein diet.
- Drink a cup of coffee.
- Drink a can of caffeinated drink.
- Munch on some snacks.
- Chew gum.
- Do one thing from your to do list.
- Message a colleague.
- Call a colleague.
- Visit a colleague’s cubicle instead.
- Fill out your timecard.
- Update your weekly status report.
- Clean out your mailbox.
- Avoid afternoon meetings.
- Arrange your day as to avoid sleep-inducing tasks in the afternoon.
- Reply a few emails.
- Read some company/internal news.
- Tidy up your desk/cubicle.
- Cleanup the files on your computer and network drives.
- Organize your computer desktop.
- Tidy the area around the office/floor printer.
- Shred papers/documents you don’t need.
- File documents in binders and cabinets.
- Wipe your desktop with a wet towel.
- Turn your keyboard upside down and give it a good whack.
- Clean out your wallet.
- Bend over and let the blood flow back to your head.
- Stand up and do some stretching exercises.
- Take a short walk around the office/floor.
- Walk up and down the stairs a few times.
- Water a few office plants.
- Take a few deep breaths.
- Play a quick game of ping pong.
- Put your head down for a few minutes.
- Read the latest news.
- Listen to some music.
- Watch a video on YouTube.
- Work on a Sudoku puzzle.
- Send a text message to a friend.
- Listen to a podcast.
- Check your emails.
- Play a game of solitare.
- Read an article or two from your RSS reader.
- Play a quick online flash game.
- Chat with a friend on MSN.
- Make a grocery shopping list.
- Write down ideas for blog posts.