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18 Ways To Make Your Workday Suck Less

Besides taking a vacation.

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1. Pack your work bag the night before, so you don't have to rush around in the morning.

The fewer things you have to deal with when you're the groggy morning version of yourself, the better.

2. Eat a breakfast that's more than just a bagel or a doughnut.

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Protein is important, people! You don't have to eat immediately when you wake up, but hangry-ness is a thing. Toast is an easy place to start — here are some great combos.

3. Smoothies are another delicious option.

They're also v. portable, so you can sip them on your commute or at your desk.


4. Pack a lunch that's both delicious and energizing.

Avoid the energy-killing food coma by eating something that will fill you up without weighing you down. Here are some tips that will make it easier to eat healthier all week.

Also key? Snacks! Get ideas for delicious and portable snacks here.

6. Once you're ready to ~work~, decide that you're going to make breaks part of your routine.

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Taking breaks is the most. important. thing. Science says that the ideal ratio is working for 52 minutes, then taking a break for 17. But if that won't fly at your day job, aim for at least five minutes. And set a timer for yourself so you don't forget!

7. Buy a stand to convert your current desk to a standing desk, and stand for a few hours each day.

This kit is $149.99 here, or you can DIY your own with Ikea pieces (see the tutorial here) — or just stack up reams of paper or dictionaries under your monitor and keyboard.

You don't have to stand all day long, though. Start with just a couple of hours, and sit when you feel tired.


11. Do some desk yoga while you're looking away from your screen.

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Desk yoga is great to do during your breaks, if you're going with the work-17-minutes, break-52-minutes routine. And with 17 minutes off, you can probably find a chair away from your co-worker's prying eyes.


15. Sit near a window if you can.

Read more about the "ideal office" and why natural light is important here.


17. Bring in things to keep yourself warm, especially if you work in a freezing office.

Like this USB heated blanket, $19.99 here. Because your office temperature is optimized for a 40-year-old, 155-lb man (seriously, read about that here).

Find more things that will keep you warm at work here.

18. Leave the office on fucking time.

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