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How to work up to 100% - 5 Life Hacks for IT specialist

27.02.2020

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Besides the relatively high wages, the possibility of working remotely, good working conditions and all the other advantages of working in the IT field, there are many pitfalls that we ignore at first. Over time, however, these hurdles become more and more important and are beginning to prevent us from working productively. Today I want to address the downsides of the work of any IT professional, such as reduced mobility and high strain on vision and the brain. At first, these issues seem unimportant to us - you work in a great company, you are interested in everything, you are full of energy, you can work on Saturdays - no problem, and you also have to demonstrate that you excel in your job. So there is no real problem of motivation at this stage. But after a while, say six months, the challenges won't go away. Working non-stop and spending Saturdays in the office will deplete you of your energy - even before you realise it. This is especially true for designers who are constantly doing genuine creative work, conceiving something new and constantly creating. The crisis of creativity, as many call it, is inevitable in these situations. But is it indeed the case? What about those who have been working in the IT field for 10, 20 and 40 years. What is wrong with them? Why are there people who have work on their hands at 50? What magic pills do these people take?

 

Today, I will give you some simple tips on how to stay toned and work behind the screen without losing your productivity and creativity:

 

Problem #1 Body dehydration

 

An adult person weighing 80-90 kg needs at least 2 litres of water per day. We are talking about water, not tea, coffee or sweetened soda. With sufficient water consumption, all metabolic processes in the human body are stabilised, internal organs function normally, the strain on the liver is reduced, blood quality and cell respiration are improved. This is what the manufacturers of bottled water tell us. I don't know what cellular respiration actually means, but since I started drinking 1.5 to 2 litres of drinking water per working day, my general state of health has really improved!

 

Solution #1

 

At the start of the working day, place a bottle of still, drinking water on the table and drink it instead of coffee and tea. As your daily dosage is in front of you throughout the day, it is very easy to manage your water consumption. You will notice the benefits within a week.


 

Problem #2 Heavy eye strain

 

When you work 8 to 10 hours a day in front of a computer, your eyesight will be tired anyway. And it's not the radiation from the screen, but concentrating on an object for a long period of time that causes us to blink less often, which in turn causes the cornea to dry out. In addition, when we concentrate on an object for a long time, the lens of our eyeball is under constant tension and therefore very tired.

 

Solution #2

 

It is worth remembering the above facts and try to keep your eyes off the screen for at least 3 to 5 minutes per hour, and give your eyes a rest during intensive work at the computer screen.


 

Problem #3 Sedentary lifestyle

 

This problem is a real challenge for all those who work in the computer field. In principle, working behind a computer means limited mobility. Many people believe that if the work is done in a seated position and without having to lift heavy loads, it is absolutely safe for health and does not cause any harm. This, however, is not the case. People who lead a sedentary lifestyle are vulnerable to a range of diseases, from morbid obesity to serious cardiovascular disease.

 

Solution #3

 

Do your sport. To keep in good physical condition, you need to exercise at least three times a week. And you don't have to go to the gym and pull a weight. There are many active sports, and everyone can find exactly what they like: from martial arts to morning jogging, cycling and yoga, do what you like. By the way, regular practice of a sport helps improve memory and brain activity. That's why many IT companies encourage their employees to exercise, and even organize annual runs and cycling competitions.


 

Problem #4 High load on the brain

 

Our brain is the most complex and important organ in the entire body, and our lives depend directly on its health. That's why monitoring its functioning is a top priority for anyone who cares about its health. It is also well known that IT specialists belong to the professional world of scientists and intellectuals. For example, programmers use in their work the areas of the brain responsible for memory, associative thinking and creativity, designers are more likely to use the areas of the brain responsible for creativity,subject and spatial thinking, etc. And they do so, as a matter of fact, generally not for a limited period of time, but throughout their lives.

 

Solution #4

 

In this case, I would advise you to breathe more fresh air, experience joyful emotions and eat foods that contain glucose and fructose.


 

Problem #5 Nutrition

 

I am doing well in terms of nutrition with four meals a day, in small portions. In the morning it's breakfast, then two meals during the work day, and another not too late in the evening, 2-3 hours before sleep. My diet is well balanced, with a breakfast of omelette, apple and green tea, a lunch of porridge, salad and protein food, in the evening a hot meal and a glass of kefir. The only thing I allow myself is to eat biscuits and ice cream, because for mental activity you need something sweet. However, not everyone eats as well as I do. An acquaintance of mine spent six months eating only cookies and energy drinks. When I found out, I was shocked and then he said, "Lately my stomach hurts a lot, I probably need to drink kefir." I advised him to at least go to a doctor and if possible, to make a complete change in his diet.

 

Solution #5

Watch your diet, it's very important. The way you feel and your overall health depends on it. Try to eat in moderate amounts, without overeating. Tip: Divide your lunch in two parts and eat two meals, for example at 12:00 and 16:00.

 

In conclusion, I would like to say that in order to work 100%, you have to feel 100% well - now you know how to achieve this!

 

 

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