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6 Hacks to Boost Your Brainpower at Work

Easy ways to get the most out of your brain… and your day.

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Feeling drained? Before submitting the poor output and provoking your nasty boss to ask “Did you color your hair blonde again?” here are easy ways to revive your spirit and boost your brainpower:

6 Hacks to Boost Your Brainpower at Work

Tired before 11am? Here’s how to get a boost…

1. Power Snack

The name says it all. You need to have snacks at work in order to have enough power to help you get through the day. Eating, especially in the afternoon, keeps your blood sugar even, gives you energy, and keeps you in good disposition. Snacking also controls your appetite until you complete your work day. What you are eating during snack time is also important. To avoid the extra calories that you get from eating traditional snack food like cookies and bags of chips, consider dried fruits, nuts, or organic raw food bars. Warning: don’t resort to snacking when stressed-out or it will become your coping mechanism to stress. When deadlines, meetings, etc. are making you anxious, resort to #5.

6 Hacks to Boost Your Brainpower at Work2. Hydrate

The feeling of being drained out is your body’s way of telling that it needs to be hydrated. Drinking water is refreshing because it gives a cool sensation. Scientifically, you really need to drink water when feeling hydrated because the neurons in your brain cannot perform properly if not hydrated enough. FYI: 80 percent of your brain is made of water. Aside from water, juices made from fruits and vegetables are also good for the brain. They have high levels of antioxidants that protect the brain cells from damage. Also, study says that people who consume more fruit and vegetable juices are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Switch Tasks One at a Time

Unless you are working as a call center agent who needs to speak with customers over the phone while typing or troubleshooting their concerns at the same time, try not to multitask that much. Layering projects can exhaust your brain. When dealing with many to-do lists, perform one task at a time then switch to another task when you get tired or worn out.  Switching on projects engages different areas of your brain, thus making you mentally alert.

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 95 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Gonzalez

    I look forward to payday!!! 😅 😝👠🆗

  2. Rosalia Russell

    Funny how a great post like this appears on my feed when I most need it!

  3. Alice Ford

    Nice read. I wish you’d write an article about “motivation” in general… please?!

  4. Zoraida Martin

    I do some breathing exercises at least after two hours of staying on my desk.

  5. Maxine Ford

    I read motivational quotes! And I love your Facebook page because you always offer encouraging words!

  6. Esther Devine

    Break tasks into manageable pieces!

  7. Joan Morales

    I eat sweets and peanuts…

  8. Brittany West

    I bribe myself… LOL Reward system works 😉

  9. Maddi Lemmon

    I look at myself in the mirror and say, “you’re fine and you’re doing great at work!!!”

  10. These are simple tips BUT CAN YIELD GREAT RESULTS! Thanks much!

  11. Ofelia Ruley

    It made me feel excited reading that “switching tasks one a time” is part of this list. Probably because I do it❓ 😅

  12. Andrea Jones

    I listen to music!

    • Deanna Woods

      I take power nap!

    • Lisa Bryson

      Coffee… Coffee… and more coffee… ☕

  13. Eloise Ferris

    Thanks for the tips! Badly need stuff like this…

  14. Arlene Davis

    I stay motivated at work by getting enough sleep! It’s very IMPORTANT TO REGENERATE each night!

  15. Genie Mackenzie

    Definitely agree with laugh break!!! Creating “social” relationships at work will help you keep motivated, inspired and happy to go to work 😉

  16. Sharon Payson

    I think exercise helps! For me, motivation comes from living a balanced life in and out office and exercising works (at least for me)…

  17. April Henry

    This is just right on time! I’m looking for some tips how to boost my brain during work time. Thanks for this!

  18. Your articles are always worth to read. Hope you’ll make more articles about working stuff because I really enjoyed reading your articles. Much love!

  19. Doreen Morales

    I work at home as a virtual assistant. My boss will sometimes ask me to research and sometimes do the typing job. Most of the time I get bored in typing, so what I did is that I switch to researching, but still aware that I have unfinished typing work. With that, I avoid the temptation of sleeping because I’m working at home and I have my time to sleep. It is important that you know how to fight for temptation especially if you’re working at home and your bed or couch is near.

  20. Nellie Solano

    Just a friendly reminder. You should do the napping during your break time. You boss would probably get disappointed when he sees you sleeping during work hours. Eating while working is good, but you should look at what you eat. It’s not bad to get up and do some stretching. If you need to pass the paper works to one person, do it yourself and don’t ask someone to do that for you. You can rest for a little while, don’t overuse your brain.

  21. Marjory Brooks

    It’s true that eating snacks while working can help your brain to function better, but you should also need to be aware of what you are eating. You should be eating healthy food so that your brain will function properly. Don’t over eat while working because it can make you lazy or sleepy.

  22. Maria Rapier

    Will share this article to my officemates! This will really help us to avoid getting scolded by our boss. Love lots!

  23. Anjela Queen

    home based work, and outside work is just the same. You’ll get tired, and this article is really helpful for us.

  24. Oxi Harger

    Whenever we’re in a meeting, my boss always gives us a snack to eat and he’s always cracking some joke. I know now why is he doing that. Love you, boss!

  25. Florence Frederick

    During our 30 minutes break, I don’t eat my food inside my drawer, instead, I go down to buy some food at the convenient store. I think it’s better.

  26. Joyce McAllister

    I have my neck pillow in my drawer. Everytime I get sleepy, I can sneak a nap even just for 5 minutes. It works.

  27. Hachi Komatsu

    That’s why I always have my own water bottle in my bag. Whenever I go I always bring one to hydrate myself. I also bring crackers so whenever I get hungry I can fill myself with that.

  28. I work at home, when I feel tired on working, I clean the house then get back to work. I think that’s in the #3 right?

  29. I always laugh at work. I work at a comedy bar. LOL

  30. Gloria Lili

    It’s right that we should look for what we are eating. Do some stretching too, don’t just eat when you feel tired.

  31. Edna Badillo

    I work at home, but I find this article useful.

  32. Frances Shapiro

    You should do a lot more of stretching that eating. Eating while working can be a habit and can cause of gaining weight.

  33. Josephine Murphy

    Now I know what to do when I feel tired while working

  34. Jennifer varner

    Does sleeping is allowed during work hours? I mean, dude, It’s awesome being paid even when you’re napping. Lol

  35. Mary Beyer

    I really appreciate posts like this one. It’s helpful and it makes sense. Probably worth sharing

  36. Betty Campbell

    My boss allows me to take a nap during work hours. I’m still paid for sleeping as long as it shouldn’t exceed up to 1 hour, or else, I dead. LOL

  37. Susan Griffith

    I think power nap helps. At least it works for me, it can keep me stay focused. In an article published by The New York Times, young adults who napped for 90 minutes showed significant improvements in memory. Here’s the link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/health/research/23beha.html

  38. Trisha Boyle

    To keep myself motivated, I do a few minutes of meditation.

  39. Wendy

    Have you heard of the Pomodoro technique? It’s a psychological strategy that gradually enhances attention span. Regular practice of this technique can allow an employee to give tasks undivided focus.

  40. I really needed this right now! Thanks 🙂

  41. Wilma Moore

    Looking forward to more articles about working stuff. Urbanette never disappoints me. Love love.

  42. Kelly Gonzales

    Whenever I read articles from Urbanette, I always learned something from it. Such an inspiration, good job guys!

  43. Evelyn Harris

    I guess I should try switching task. I used to work on a different task at a time and ends up having a poor quality of the job. Need to freshen up my brain.

  44. Dawn Katz

    My work is home based, whenever I feel sleepy or tired during work hours, I exercise to wake myself up. 8 hours of working is not a joke, especially when you’re working at home. The temptation is everywhere.

  45. I’m always tired at work, I don’t know why. I think there’s something wrong in my mind and in my body, or maybe I just hate my job. Lol

  46. Kimberly Holder

    The switch task will work if your boss is not pressuring you too much.

  47. Ani Hoker

    In Japan, they allowed workers to sleep, hope that America would allow this too. We’re not robots!

  48. Eloisa Clay

    It’s an advantage if you have an officemate who’s always making you laugh. It lessens the stress and makes the work lighter.

  49. Katherine Donnelly

    That is why it is important that every cafeteria should serve fruits and vegetables.

  50. George Sumanta

    Numbers, 1 to 6 are all useful. Doing this at my work.

  51. Britni Baynes

    Wow! This article helps me a lot. I’m always tired even though the shift has just started and I don’t know what to do. I work at a fast food chain. Eating and Napping during work hours is impossible so I guess I’ll try the hydrated and stretching.

  52. Jeweli Prater

    Can laughing really boost your brain at work? I always laugh at work and I ended up being tired because of laughing too hard. LOL

  53. Lancy Stanford

    That’s what I’m talking about! Really enjoyed reading articles in Urabanette because they are really helpful. You’ve helped me a lot ever since I read your articles. Kudos!

  54. This article is really helpful. It’s really hard to overcome the laziness that you feel when you’re tired, and that can result for a tardiness. These tips are actually effective (based on my experiences), plus the fact that you love your work, you’ll never get tired of it.

  55. Marina Josef

    Bringing food is prohibited in our office, but I’m smart enough to hide it inside my underwear so everytime I’m hungry, I don’t need to go to my locker to eat. I will just pull out my crackers or chocolate. Sneaky when hungry.

  56. Luthi Sanders

    I have my own tumbler beside me every time so that I can hydrate myself easily because the water refiller is far from my office desk. You should always bring different tumbler for water, juice and hot beverages.

  57. Marina Bozek

    I and my officemates also smoke during break hours, and it gives us the energy to work. I know smoking has a bad effect on our health but does it also counted as a booster?

  58. Kseniya Tomlin

    I ended up gaining weight with eating snacks during working hours. Maybe I should try the stretching part so I can properly digest the food. Thanks for this xoxo.

  59. Jesse Wyss

    I used to sneak some nap whenever my boss isn’t around, HAHA! that’s normal right? I mean, I can’t work properly if I don’t do that.

    • I wouldn’t try this — if you get caught too many times you could get fired, no?

  60. Jessie Fernande

    Learned a lot from this article! More power urbanette!

  61. I always walk in the corridor so I can digest my food properly but it ends up making me more tired. What’s wrong with me?

  62. Lana Wiliam

    I gain weight by eating during working, thanks for this! I will now look for what I am eating during working hours. I used to eat fries, sandwiches, and chips. I also don’t have time working out so yeah, I really gained weight because of that habit.

  63. Nataliya Smith

    I think offices have their own space for napping for their employees. Isn’t that great? I mean, it’s really helpful, besides, they are their employees working for them, and they should take care of them.

  64. Jurik Smith

    I and my co-workers are always watching funny videos on youtube as our past time. Smoking also gives me energy when working, I don’t know if it works on other people.

  65. Angelo Henderso

    Having a 15-30 minutes nap is really helpful. If you’re working at home, it’s easy to have a power nap, but if you’re working at the office, you’ll need to wait for your break or sneak a nap. Lol

  66. Selli Coaze

    Sleeping at work is prohibited, but at my company napping is not. You can take a nap during your break. Eating while working is not bad, your boss will understand why you’re eating, but of course, know where, and when you’re allowed to eat snacks. Do not chitchat with your co-workers during work time, you might get fired with that. You can do stretching anytime you want. Always bring your water with you. Don’t over use yourself.

  67. Honey Smith

    Whenever I’m bored, I always watch funny videos secretly to boost myself, and I ended up laughing too hard. My boss caught me. LOL!

  68. Bela Christo

    That is why I always have packed fruits in my bag, and I always bring a lot of water. It’s true, food will give you energy at work. How about sleeping is not allowed when working? I don’t know, won’t sacrifice my break for a nap, though they say that it is really effective.

  69. Ana Brose

    Oh, thank you for these tips! I always feel tired even it’s too early to get tired, and now I got the best tips! Will probably do this, hope this will work for me LOL.

  70. Jenifer Jeni

    #1 is really true. I always eat snacks when working (healthy snacks) to avoid getting bored, because being bored makes me feel tired.

  71. I love reading articles in Urbanette because I learned a lot from them. This article will really help me at work, especially that I’m working for 8 hours a day, and it is really exhausting. Thanks for this!

  72. Matilda Parker

    I play web-based mind games. I think stimulating my brain in new and diverse ways help.

  73. Colleen Washington

    Perfect! This is what I needed to read. The truth is, I’m having a hard time getting motivated at the office. Most of the time, I just can’t concentrate.

  74. Gerard

    Awesome tips! It’s interesting to know all these. Now I know what to do whenever I feel like I can’t finish a report.

  75. Instead of submitting poor reports, I doodle whenever I feel stressed out or bored or when thoughts simply stopped flowing.

  76. Norisna

    Very good recommendations Hilary, about all for those are still working. Working is good but keep our good health at work is better!

  77. Juli Woods

    I dress the part! I feel motivated when I feel beautiful.

  78. Hena Taylor

    Thank you for writing this article! I’m not yet working but I’m currently finishing my thesis and want to give up. I think your tips will help me!

  79. Lusi Martin

    I make sure to get up and prepare early for work every morning! I mean I feel distracted and stressed all throughout if I tried to “beat the clock.”

  80. Jessi Agusta

    Caffeine is my stimulant.

  81. Anila William

    In general, I keep myself motivated at work by setting my goals digitally. Have you heard of commitment trackers like Goals on Track and Beeminder?!

  82. Cristina Joseff

    I celebrate my accomplishments, whether big or small! Can be simple reward for myself like going out for ice cream or visiting the spa…

  83. Nancy Smith

    Great article! I sometimes wonder why there’s a LOT of negativity around.

  84. Maria Bruce

    If I’m stressed out over a client, project, supervisor or colleague, I walk away. I mean, removing myself from my desk is a way to reframe my perspective…

  85. Quin Meri

    I drink a ton of coffee… works for me! Keeps my on my toes all day.

  86. Hannah Mayers

    Giving myself a break, even a 15-minute break after 3-4 hours of work helps. Having a short break brings back my focus and enthusiasm on accomplishing my reports.

  87. Courtney Watson

    Power nap and stretching works for me! Sometimes it’s really hard to keep your focus because your brain gets tired LOL! Getting out of my table for a while and have some stretching brings back my focus and produce the best output!

  88. These are excellent tips! I've never been particularly fond of napping, but I'll definitely give the meditative moment of silence a try. As for dance breaks, I'll just have to convince my professors it's a good idea…

  89. Jen Spillane

    I love the idea of taking dance breaks!

  90. Good tips. I know when I'm in school,, I tend to get drained easily. It's time to change my routine up !!!!! Power naps never worked for me because I think it takes me about 30 minutes to fully fall asleep. Unless I'm completely exhausted I can fall asleep earlier.I do think for me the power snack and stay hydrates helps boost energy. Oh and definitely the laugh break!!!

  91. Jen Garcia

    I learned in psych that a 30-45 minute nap makes up for 2 hours of lost sleep. Any longer is just detrimental to your sleep cycle and health. I also totally agree that multitasking can be bad, it results in way too much mental stimulation and it's exhausting!

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