Before grabbing that morning coffee for your caffeine fix, stop! Here’s how your Lumia can help you get energized at work.
There are times when we feel too sluggish to be productive. When I’m tired, I can suffer from writer’s block that makes it harder to work. But, thanks to my Lumia and these great apps, I make sure I never lose my focus.
Here are some simple tips to help you stay motivated and refreshed while at work.
1. Step outside
Apart from getting free Vitamin D, there are many known benefits of sunlight on mood and health.
The Weather app, which comes pre-installed on Windows Phone 8.1, delivers the latest weather conditions right to your Start Screen. You can even add the current forecast to your Lock Screen so that it displays the temperature and conditions as soon as you double-tap the screen to wake your Lumia.
If you’re thinking about stepping out but want to know if it’s going to rain soon, try Blue Skies. This free app answers all your weather questions with a hyper-local forecast using a simple and clean interface.
2. Stay hydrated
Keep a water bottle near your desk and refill your glass regularly. Avoid sugary or caffeinated drinks such as sodas, coffee, or tea and opt for water instead. Add lemon for flavor if you wish.
To ensure that you follow this routine every day, we suggest you monitor your water intake with the free Water Log app.
Water Log does what it says: remind you to drink water every day. Just input the number of glasses you have consumed and watch the app offer timely notification reminders of your H2O goal. Pin it to the Start screen and track your water intake consumption progress.
3. Listen to inspirational or energetic music
Download Spotify to tune in to your favorite artists and albums or create a playlist using your favorite songs. Alternatively, you can listen to one of the ready-made playlists.
For a more customized experience, use the pre-installed Xbox Music app to browse your personal music collection for a song that’ll put a spring in your step.
4. Stretch it out
Who says you can’t move your muscles or do gentle stretches while in front of a computer? There are many exercises you can do to relieve stress in your neck, hands, and feet without leaving your chair! If exercise isn’t an option, stand up and take a walk once every hour to stimulate your blood flow.
With the free Health & Fitness app that’s pre-installed on Windows Phone 8.1, you can find more than 1,000 exercise and workout videos, a nutritional and medical reference, and trackers for diet and exercise to help you meet your health goals. Newer Lumia phones, such as the Lumia 640 XL, will also count the number of steps taken by you thanks to SensorCore technology.
5. Play a game
Researchers have concluded that “participation in mentally challenging activities in middle age may help protect against the development of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia later in life.” You will notice that taking a five-minute break to indulge in pure fun or mindless tapping can be astonishingly rejuvenating.
You can find an amazing range of word-based, puzzle, racing, and other types of brain-revitalizing games in the Windows Phone App Store.
Watch out: This collection of short and challenging games can be dangerously addictive!
6. If nothing else works, call someone who will make you laugh
Don’t call when you are supposed to meet deadlines, but light conversation with a friend or family member can refresh the mind.
If you’re still deciding whom to call, use the What’s New option in the People Hub for ideas. You’ll see your friends and other contacts’ latest social network updates in chronological order. To understand how it works, read our detailed story on People Hub here.
Do you have any motivational tips that have worked for you? We’d love to see them in the comments below.