How would you describe a normal workday?

Would you say that you are focused? Alert? Engaged in what you're doing?

If not, I understand.

Most Americans spend nearly eight hours a day in the workplace, and when most people are actively disengaged at work, it's no wonder that so many of us struggle to stay focused throughout the day.

If you are wondering what you can do to keep your energy up and approach your projects with more enthusiasm and drive, I have something to share with you.

Here are three simple tips that will forever change the way you perform both inside and outside the office.

Tip 1: Eat, Sleep, Exercise

There are a few basic building blocks to living a healthy, long, and productive life.

But the thing is, most people assume that they only apply to life outside of the office and therefore relegate them to the realm of the unimportant, or worse, put them on the "someday" list.

However, by taking these things to heart and applying them in your life, you will reap the benefits inside and outside of the cubicle.

The most important things that you can do to stay focused, energetic, and alert at work are to clean up your diet, exercise daily, and get more (and higher quality) sleep.

Consider taking your lunch break and using it to go to the gym.

The endorphins and other chemicals released by your body will give you a natural high and energy boost that will keep you going throughout the day and keep your mind as sharp as ever.

Start cooking at home every Sunday and prepping all of your meals for the week, opting for meats and fresh fruit and vegetables over that greasy fast food hamburger.

If you know that you'll be going out later, consider skipping a meal so that you don't go into caloric overload, or simply stick to low calorie beverages.

If you're going to drink, choose wine or liquor, not beer.

And finally, get some sleep.

With adequate sleep, you will operate on a higher level and be a moneymaking machine.

But if you are a sleep deprived zombie, you can expect your work and your success to plummet.

Most of the leading scientists in the field of health and wellness suggest that getting six to eight high quality hours of sleep will improve every area of your life, from romance to business to your time in the gym.

Tip 2: Be Social

When I say social, I do not mean waste half of your day double tapping Instagram pictures, liking Facebook statuses, and right swiping on Tinder.

I mean get out with people, face to face, and have a real conversation!

Many scientific studies have linked a healthy social circle to longevity, improved health, more happiness, and more business success.

This doesn't have to be hard.

Just sit with some new people or old friends over lunch and talk about things you are passionate about.

Schedule a coffee date with your best friend each week to hold each other accountable to your goals and support each other through the good times and bad.

Go see your parents every couple of weeks. Pencil in a few dates with your spouse or significant other.

Just get out of the cubicle, off the couch, and into a meaningful conversation with another human being, like we did before Snapchat.

Tip 3: Disrupt the Norm

The final key to crushing fatigue and becoming a productivity machine at work is to disrupt your normal schedule.

Seriously, think about it.

Most people wake up at the same time every day, have the same morning routine every day, go to work the same way every day, spend lunch with the same people every day.

We are starved for variety.

Despite the fact that we live in an age of total abundance, we're becoming zombies like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, doing the same thing over and over and over and over again.

Take some time every day to change something up.

This can be as simple as buying a new type of coffee, going to a different restaurant (or prepping a new type of meal) for lunch, driving to work a different way, or listening to some music that you have never heard before on your way to work.

Slip out of the office and take your conference call while walking around the park, read those financial reports on the patio, take an hour off and go get a massage.

The key isn't to go crazy, it is to challenge the status quo and start adding some excitement into your life.

When you do this, work will become that much easier, and you will be able to stay far more focused and productive.

Conclusion

I understand the temptation.

There are some days at work when even six shots of espresso or three Red Bulls just doesn't do the trick. There are days when your eyes get heavy as you succumb to the inevitable nap at your desk that will even more inevitably lead to an angry boss and judgmental co-workers.

Instead of drifting off into whatever mid-day dream you may have, take action on one of these three steps.

Go work out, eat a healthy meal, play some new music, go buy an ice cream cone, and dance in the park. Just do something.

If you start prioritizing your health, your social life, and your sense of adventure, you will find that your worklife, particularly your focus and productivity, will skyrocket in ways that you had never dreamed of before (except maybe when you used to fall asleep at your desk).

Do you have any stay-alert hacks that have helped you get through the rough days?

Published on: Sep 22, 2016