How to Get Through a Long Workday

By Alyssa Laffitte on July 20, 2019

Summer is a lot of fun, but it can also mean having to work long hours. You have more free time, so you might be expected to spend more time at your workplace. However, long workdays don’t have to be bad! Here are some tips on how to handle a long workday.

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Stay hydrated and well-fed throughout the day

One of the best ways to keep your energy level up during a long day is to stay well fed and hydrated. When you are hydrated and well-fed, your mind will be sharp, ready to take on the day’s tasks, and your body will be ready to keep up with you.

If you have a long day at work ahead of you, you should start off with a good breakfast, which includes protein. It would also be a good idea to drink more water and less coffee, since you need to stay hydrated. In the middle of the day, eat a substantial lunch to keep your energy up. You can even pack a snack or two as well.

By eating and staying hydrated, you can make it through a long workday.

Listen to music

Music is a fun way to lift your spirits. If you are bored at work, try listening to fun music. Music will make the time go by faster, even if you listen to only a couple of songs. You will feel more refreshed and motivated to take on the day’s work when you listen to your favorite songs. In other words, listening to your favorite music will help you get through a long workday.

Give yourself something to look forward to after work

Another way to get through a long workday is to give yourself something to look forward to once the day is over. You will be more motivated to get through the day when you remember there is something fun waiting for you on the other side. For example, you can plan to visit your friend after your shift. These plans will give you the push you need to finish the long day, because you know that you get to see your friend as soon as you finish. When you have something to look forward to at the end of the day, your workday goes by faster.


Keep yourself busy and organized

Time goes by faster when you are busy. If you have a long day at work, try to keep yourself busy during that day. If you do that, the day will be over before you know it. I would recommend keeping a “to do” list to keep track of all the tasks you need to complete during your long day since it will help you stay on track and you won’t waste time wondering what to do next. Keeping yourself busy will make a long day at work go by quickly.

Take a break to stretch your legs

Sitting still at a desk for a long period of time can make you antsy and feel like the day is going by slowly. However, taking a short break every once in a while to walk around and stretch your legs will make the day go by faster. Taking short breaks is a good idea not only because it will give you a chance to stretch your legs, but also because it will allow your brain to rest for a little bit and return to your work with a refreshed mind. Taking a quick break is a great way to get through a long workday.

Complete the biggest task first

When you complete the biggest task first, you will have a sense of relief and accomplishment, knowing that you have already made a big dent in your “to do” list. Plus, since it is a long workday, you will have plenty of time to finish this big project. It’s the perfect day to work on such a hefty project.

Then, work on a project you enjoy

If you have time left after you have completed the biggest task, you can work on a project you enjoy. Thinking about a project you enjoy will help you get through the workday. You can spend the rest of the day working on a project you like. When you’re working on something you like, the day will definitely go by faster. It will also help you get through the last part of the long workday.

Get to know your co-workers

Sometimes, the best part of the job is the people you work with. Having a good relationship with your co-workers can definitely make the long workdays easier to get through. Make the effort to get to know co-workers!

Working long days can be tiring, but it’s not all bad! If you follow these tips, you will successfully be able to handle a long workday.

23, ISFJ. Biology student. College lifestyle blogger. Avid reader and writer. Dog lover. Nerd. Boyband enthusiast. Superhero in training. Here to help you become the best you can be!

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