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Developing Healthier Work Habits

By Randi Morse

When it comes to having some bad work habits, I am as guilty as most people are. There are very few people I know who are able to stay focused completely on work 100 percent of the time. Today's "instant gratification" society makes it far too easy to get distracted, especially if you work in a career that has you around computers most of the day. Social media itself is a huge distraction. If you're like me and you need a little help being more focused and developing better work habits, here are three quick changes that you can make.

Pomodoro method - The Pomodoro method is the technique that I have found that works best for me. That's because this method pushes you to work while still giving you little rewards for getting your work done. It works by having you work straight for 25 minutes, without being distracted. You then get five minutes to do whatever you would like. Once the break is over, you start the cycle again. After going through the cycle three times you get a 15 minute break. If you work well on a rewards system, like I do, this method may work best for you. 

Block social media - Social media is responsible for far too many employees being distracted. The easiest way to ensure that it doesn't tempt you away from your work is to block it while you are working. There are extensions and apps that you can download and utilize to block the websites for you, some even allow you to specify which websites you block, keeping you from any sort of temptation. 

Ban your cell phone - Even if you block social media from your work computer, your cell is only a short distance away, and because cell phones are just as highly technological as computers now, it's far too easy to be distracted by them. During work hours, ban your cell phone from your work space. Turn the phone on silent and put it in a spot that is out of sight. If you're worried about missing a text, schedule a time to check the phone that is easy to remember, like every hour on the hour. This way you'll still get important texts but you will limit the amount of time you spend on your cell.

Not only does creating healthy work habits mean that your employer gets the best out of you, his employee, it also means that you lower your own stress level. By working in a healthy way, you are able to complete more work and leave your work knowing that you didn't leave anything unfinished.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Davie, Fla.

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