Personal, Team, Quick Win Stand up for short meetings
Habit Bank (English) - Physical Topic - Stand up for short meetings

Projects usually take as much time as is in the schedule or more – rarely less. The same goes with meetings. Keep meetings quick, concise, and efficient by standing for short meetings. Standing creates a sense urgency, keeping meetings on topic and to the point. An added benefit – you’ll be more focused and engaged.

Team Share sleep schedules for team advantage
Habit Bank (English) - Physical Topic - Share sleep schedules for team advantage

Have a team discussion on the importance of sleep so all team members share their preferred sleeping and waking times. Having this information will foster consideration of scheduling early/late meetings, deadlines, carpooling/flights/other travel arrangements. The intent is to make sure everyone is meeting their physical energy needs, not to find ways to schedule more in early/late hours of the day.

Team Don't skip lunch
Habit Bank (English) - Physical Topic - Don't skip lunch

When you’re buried under mountains of work and deadlines galore, it can be easy to lose track of time and opt to “plough through” rather than giving your body and brain the renewal break it needs. By skipping lunch, you decrease your productivity, leaving you irritable, fatigued, and unable to concentrate. Prioritize meal time by blocking off time in your calendar. If you’re unable to leave the office to grab a fueling lunch, consider subscribing to a healthy meal delivery service.

Personal Snack to get energized
Habit Bank (English) - Physical Topic - Snack to get energized
Snack to energize - choose snacks high in lean protein and low in sugar and simple carbohydrates (e.g., unsalted raw nuts, carrots/celery sticks, hummus, dark chocolate, etc.) to maintain your energy throughout the day.
Personal Hydrate for your mind
Habit Bank - Physical Topic - Hydrate for your mind

Believe it or not, just because you’re sitting at a desk all day doesn’t mean you can skimp on the water. Scientists have found that even mild dehydration can lead to decreased cognitive ability, as well as a negative impact on one’s mood and stamina. So don’t forget to drink eight cups of 8 oz of water in between those pots of coffee. Either keep a small glass of water at your desk or get up every 60 minutes or so to refill it (which also is a reminder to get up and walk around!), or use a large water bottle to track your water intake throughout the day.

Personal, Quick win Move it, move it
Habit Bank - Physical Topic - Move it, move it

If you often find yourself exhausted, stressed, and fidgety at the office, you may find relief in a rather unexpected place: exercise. According to the American Psychological Association, employees who exercise during the workday are more productive, happier, and have more energy than those who stay sedentary. For those days you aren't able to make it to the gym or your regular workout, there are a number of exercises that you can do right at your desk (just do a quick search). If you feel a little silly working out in the middle of the office, try to spend one of your breaks throughout the day engaged in physical activity. Walking to or from work, or even standing up and doing a lap around the office once every hour can do wonders for your mood and overall health.

Personal Shut down 1 hour before bed
Habit Bank (English) - Physical Topic - Shut down 1 hour before bed

Sacrificing your sleep will only make you wake up dragging your feet and performing poorly at work. Shutting down an hour earlier and taking that time to sleep can mean a more productive workday tomorrow. In the end, you’ll end up getting more done while feeling less stressed.

Personal Commit to one more hour of sleep
Habit Bank (English) - Physical Topic - Commit to one more hour of sleep

Commit to getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night. One hour more of work is not worth one hour less of sleep. You'll find yourself feeling healthier, working more productively, and cultivating better relationships.

Personal Wind down before bed
Habit Bank (English) - Physical Topic - Wind down before bed

Set the stage to encourage quality sleep. Make your bedroom a serene, comfortable, and electronic-free zone. Add a new ritual to signal you are winding down: a cup of herbal tea, a hot shower or bubble bath, or a few minutes of reading (nothing suspenseful!) or meditation.

Personal Track your sleep
Habit Bank (English) - Physical Topic - Track your sleep

Do you wake up feeling tired? Are you having trouble falling asleep? Track your sleep to see where you may be able to change habits to ensure a longer night’s sleep. Note when you go to bed and when you wake up, along with any medications or supplements you are taking and caffeine intake. Over time, you should notice trends that will illuminate habits you should change (e.g., no coffee after 3 p.m.).

Personal, Quick win Park your worries
Habit Bank - Physical Topic - Park your worries

If you struggle to fall asleep because you’re ruminating, put a pad of paper and a pen beside your bed. Whatever you’re worrying about before you go to sleep, write it down. Do the same if you tend to wake up in the middle of the night. This is a powerful way to calm your mind and get a better night’s sleep.

Personal Track what and when you eat
Habit Bank - Physical Topic - Track what and when you eat

If you find you’re eating too much or you are skipping meals too often, log your eating habits for a week. Tracking what, how much, and when you eat is the first step to changing your eating habits.