According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American works for just under forty hours a week. But, that doesn’t mean they are being productive the entire time.
Many employees waste time being off task, while others just lack the motivation to get the job done right. So how can you get your employees to give their best effort?
Read on to learn how to increase energy and motivation in your dental office.
How to Increase Energy and Motivation in the Morning
Depending on your circadian rhythm, you may have a lot of energy in the morning, or maybe get spikes of energy at night. Trying to adjust this rhythm can be difficult, but there are ways to get a head start on your morning no matter how low your energy levels are.
Set Shades with Care
Exposure to sunlight is key for waking up in the morning. The earlier you’re exposed to daylight, the better balance your hormones will have which prevents fatigue.
Get Lively with Lemon
Hot water with lemon can be an excellent way to boost your energy levels by kicking your metabolism into overdrive. Plus, lemons, contain citric acid which is a form of potassium and a natural energy booster.
Many of us like to wake up in the morning and stand in a hot shower letting the water run over us, but that’s really not the best way to get your day started if you want high energy levels.
Consider starting your day with a cold shower. This will boost your dopamine production allowing your body to retain more energy.
Get a Good Breakfast
Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But starting your day off right takes more than empty carbs and sugar. To get an energy boost that lasts all day, eat a protein-rich meal.
Encourage Exercise for Your Employees
Although it may seem counterintuitive to some, exercise is an awesome way to boost your energy. When you get your body moving, you help improve your circulation and get oxygen to all of your cells.
You and your employees should try to squeeze in small exercise breaks throughout the day to encourage everyone to stay motivated.
Crank Up the Sunshine
Seasonal Affective Disorder is the clinical term for a medical condition that derives from lack of sunshine. As humans, we require at least a small amount of time outside every day to maintain the proper hormone levels.
Encourage your employees to take a proper walk in the sunshine at least once a day. Not only will they come back cheerful and energized, exercise can also improve memory and make it easier to absorb new information.
Provide Options to Snack Right
We already talked about the importance of a solid breakfast, but good nutrition should be practiced all day long. If your blood sugar levels drop then you will become very tired and irritable.
The next time you feel like you are running on fumes at the office, try eating a snack with lots of protein and healthy carbs like nuts and bananas.
The Importance of a Clean Workspace
When your desk is cluttered, your workload can start to feel overwhelming. With stacks of papers all over the place and half written notes littering your desk, it can be difficult to get anything done.
Take ten minutes and tidy up before you leave for the day. That way when you come in the morning, you’ll feel fresh and ready to start the new day’s tasks.
Impress the Importance of Hydration
When you are dehydrated, your body becomes fatigued. While drinking eight glasses of water a day may not be possible all of the time, you should do your best to drink enough to stay fully hydrated. Monitor your level of hydration by ensuring your urine is light in color.
Boost Your Mental Energy
While physical energy is important to get around the office, mental energy is where you really need to focus your efforts if you want to see an increase in productivity. Check out these tips to get your mind right.
Put on Some Music
When you’re really tired, putting on some music is a great way to trigger a rush of dopamine that can give you energy. Make a playlist of your favorite songs for an instant pick-me-up.
Chug a Shot of Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is the dark green shot you see sometimes when you’re at a smoothie bar. The color comes from the chlorophyll in the grass which is considered to be a superfood. It can act as an instant energizer, just like a Five Hour Energy, only without the crash later.
Take a Break
If you try to work all the time, your productivity levels will start to tank by the end of the day. Make sure you are taking plenty of breaks to focus on other things.
To get your mind off work quickly, consider singing your favorite song, watching cute YouTube videos, or sharing some laughs with your coworkers around the office water cooler.
Stand Up Often
Standing desks are becoming more and more popular since they can improve circulation and prevent painful neck cramps. But even if you don’t have a standing desk, it’s important for you to get up often to prevent fatigue.
Check out more information on boosting your mental energy.
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After learning how to increase energy and motivation in your dental office for yourself, you will be able to help your employees achieve their goals as well. When everyone is working together toward creating a positive office environment, amazing things can happen.
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