It's Wednesday, and we all know what that means. The initial rush at the beginning of the week has faded, and Friday night is not close enough to warrant a reason for maintaining peak efficiency. How do we stay productive through the sludge of Hump Day--and beyond?

1. Get adequate sleep Tuesday night

If you're even the slightest bit tired, keeping your eyes open--and no, a half-lidded state doesn't count--will be nearly impossible. Getting a good night's sleep on Tuesday is absolutely imperative for not getting caught in the molasses of a post-lunch Wednesday afternoon.

If you regularly have caffeine, drink some coffee or tea in the middle of the day to boost your energy. If not, try some jumping jacks or a brisk walk around the block after lunch to get your blood moving. Don't let yourself feel tired. The day will pass by without your realizing it.

2. Do a rejuvenating activity after work

After a long day, we might feel exhausted and worn out. And, with preparations for the rest of the week and unfinished assignments from the day still hanging over our heads, we may feel too strung out to continue working.

Combat the fatigue by making time to relax. Your mind and body will thank you. Close your eyes and listen to an old jazz record you forgot about. Browse TV channels. Stretch those tight hamstrings. Leave yourself time to be idle and to regain your wits before tackling your next project. Chances are you'll need it.

3. Plan something fun for the weekend

What better way to amp up motivation than finding something to work toward? Plan an impromptu trip to the beach with family and friends. Organize a picnic in the park during a gorgeous summer sunset. Attend a gallery show you find interesting, take a trip to a restaurant you've always wanted to try, or leave an afternoon to do nothing at all.

Anything that gets us looking ahead encourages us to keep chugging along. Finding motivation to continue working is key to getting through Hump Day. No matter what our preferred form of relaxation is, we should remind ourselves that Friday is not too far away.