If you work at a desk, you know what I’m talking about. At some point during the day, the dreaded “Desk Fatigue” sets in and you start to feel the walls closing in around you. Your eyes start to hurt, you find yourself stretching constantly and your mind begins to drift. Here are five ways to escape from the misery.
Adjust your monitor brightness. For the longest time, I had my iMac set to maximum brightness. It didn’t seem that bright to me, but I would start to get headaches after a few hours. Once I lowered it down into a more normal range, I was shocked at how much easier it was on my eyes.
Stand up and talk! Who says you have to sit down when you talk on the phone? If you are like most people, you probably get several calls a day. When you answer the phone, simply stand up. If your job doesn’t require you to be at your computer – even better. You can walk around while talking. Just this little bit of movement helps to break up the hours of sitting. I guarantee you – if you ever talk to me on the phone, I’m probably going to be standing up.
Get your eyes checked. Nobody wants to admit that their vision is getting worse, but it happens. If your vision needs a little help, you can prevent a bunch of eye strain by wearing glasses or getting a corrective procedure done. The first step, however, is to determine if there IS a problem. Make an appointment and get your eyes checked by a professional. It is a very solid investment in your health.
Exercise your eyes. I’m told a lot of eye problems come from us focusing on one distance (our desktop monitor) for too long at a time. I always make a habit to look away every 15 minutes or so. I will pick something in the next room or outside and focus on it for a few seconds, then return to work. I’m not an eye specialist by any means, but it does seem to recharge my eyes a bit!
Vary your tasks. If you have three things to do, you don’t necessarily have to do them one at a time. By working on one for an hour, then working on the next for an hour, you will break up the monotony of the day. Doing one task for several hours causes you to lose focus and makes the day drag by. Try mixing it up every once in a while.
These aren’t drastic changes we are talking about here. Just a few small adjustments to your daily routine. Give them a try and see what you think.
Got any other ideas? If so, I’d love to hear them. Take a second and share what YOU do to avoid desk fatigue. Don’t worry – your boss probably doesn’t visit this blog!