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How to power through work when you’re tired

21 Apr 2017

Have you ever had to knuckle down on a big project when you’re exhausted? Here’s how to come out the other side.

We all have those weeks of intense work, when we just need to crack away and get stuff done.

While you have to be wary of stressing yourself out, sometimes you just need to power through work even when you’re tired.

There are plenty of simple tips and tricks you can do to give your productivity a boost when your energy levels are low.

First, you need to take care of yourself. It might feel like you don’t have time to stop and rest, but you need to be mentally and physically able for work.

No matter how busy you feel, if you’re heading for burnout, you’re going to ruin any hope you have of being productive. It’s better to take short breaks and practise mindfulness while at work to avoid getting stressed.

Getting your priorities in order is the next way to maximise your output and power through work. If you’re tired, multitasking might not be the best option as forcing your brain to jump from one thing to the other will wear you out more quickly.

You’ll probably need to focus more than usual so you should switch off all unnecessary distractions, including your phone and email.

Stay well hydrated and have nutritious food at your desk to snack on. Pick foods that release energy slowly, such as fruit, nuts or seeds. The sugar hit may seem tempting but it will only make you crash later.

For a final push, create a standing desk for a while. Setting your laptop up at a windowsill or ledge will keep you more alert than sitting still at your desk all day. Plus, a change of location, even if it’s only a small one, will help focus your mind.

Check out the infographic below from STL for more tips on staying productive, even when you’re exhausted.

Stay productive when you're tired

Infographic: STL

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the editor of Silicon Republic in 2023, having worked as the deputy editor since February 2020. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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