Feeling blocked or unproductive at work is natural and can be caused by overwork, lack of momentum, the weather, increased responsibilities, or many other things. It is helpful to understand what caused the block but even more helpful to do one of the following to relieve the stress fast!
1. Move your body.
Take a ten-minute walk in or outside the building. Get your body moving to create greater energy flow.
2. Talk to a colleague.
Seek out a colleague in your department or another one and let them know you are stuck or feeling stress. Spend five-minutes or so just talking about how you feel. Sometimes just verbalizing the feelings out loud makes us feel better.
3. Take a five-minute catnap.
That's right ... put your head down and give your mind a break to work through the block. It worked in school and it can be useful at work.
4. Turn up the music.
If you have a radio then pick a station to listen to, really concentrate on for five-minutes. Take your mind off the situation and let the music in.
5. Eat or drink.
Take a snack break. Enjoy a favorite food or beverage and just relax for a few minutes.
6. De-clutter your workspace.
Organize your work area. Put things in piles, do some filing, clear off your desktop. Take your mind off of everything and design a better work area. A cluttered, messy work area can create feelings of stress.
7. Give yourself a reward.
Have a special meal, call someone you haven't spoken to in while, schedule a massage or new haircut or pick up vacation brochures. Lift your spirits and give yourself something to look forward to.
8. Switch tasks.
Stop working on the current project. Switch to something you are more in the mood to do. Get yourself into a project or task that has more appeal at the moment and then come back to what you were doing at a later time.
9. Create momentum.
Get into a routine. Having a clear routine develops momentum and that will keep you from feeling the stress and getting blocked.
10. Plan a quick get away.
Plan an escape for the weekend. Take a trip on a train, plane, bus or take a car ride. You may even want to bring a bit of work - the change in environment may give way to that block.