Close a tab or two!
It can be so tempting to have tens of tabs open but I'm here to warn you against it! Not only can you relieve stress by closing a tab or two, you can achieve more in shorter periods of time.
From my personal experiences, I would suggest having 5-7 tabs open at maximum. After 7, it's harder to stay focused. I know it's tempting to click on links and leave each tab open as your peruse through a website or catch up on the news but this practice is not effective.
Let's think about why you clicked on the link or opened the new tab in the first place. Perhaps something caught your eye that you wanted to learn more about or perhaps you remembered that you needed to look something up. In either case, it's more effective to stay on that tab, do what you need to do, gather your information, close the tab, and move on. There's a higher chance that you will get more things done effectively this way since your focus is more....focused!
So you're reading this and you're thinking, "Really Jewel, sometimes I don't think a maximum of 7 tabs is realisitic!". Well, I agree. Sometimes you want to have access to mulitple pieces of information located on different sites. In such cases I would suggest opening new windows and maintaining the 7 tab maximum in each window. You can even organize which tabs you place in which window to keep yourself on track. If the sites are something you want to access later but don't need immediately, bookmarking each page is always a great option!
Jewel's Random TidBits - There are extensions you can add to your internet browser to help you limit your number of open tabs. Currently xTab exists for Google Chrome and Max Tabs exists for Mozilla Firefox.
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Working 8 hour shifts for an office job actually requires a lot more energy than it may seem. I mean, you're just sitting most of time so, in theory, you're conserving energy right?
As anyone who has worked a Monday through Friday, 40 hr/week job can tell you, it can get tiring very quickly. As an intern you may not have to work all 5 days but you may experience the same energy drain.
What can you do?
You can start munching on smart snacks throughout the day! I don't mean doughnuts, candy, or chips. I'm talking about dried fruits, pretzels, and nuts. These smart snacks will keep your metabolism up which helps you to remain focused and effective at work!
Create your own trail mix.
You don't need to go out and purchase a pre-packaged trail mix. Instead, just visit your favorite food store and buy the smart snacks you want individually, then you can go home and get creative! This way you can keep your personal trail mix experience exciting, changing up the ingredients each day or week!
Jewel's Random TidBits - My personal favorite mix includes pretzel sticks, craisins aka dried cranberries, and honey roasted cashews. Popcorn also works as a smart snack as long as it's not heavily buttered!
Thanks for visiting my blog! From Guyana to The Bahamas to Texas to New York City and The San Francisco Bay Area, it's easy to say that I've had many interesting and unique life experiences. Interesting and unique are also great descriptors for my career journey.