Readers offer their best tips for working out at the office, using hooks throughout the house, and keep the bag from slapping you in the face while drinking tea.
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Discretely Work Out at the Office
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Rustopholous shares a few workout routines that can be done throughout the day:
I work at a job where I am sitting in front of the computer 8+ hours a day. When I get home I’m usually tired and use it as an excuse to relax instead of doing some much needed physical activity.
Now at work I make a point of taking breaks at certain intervals so I can squeeze in a workout throughout the day. Here are a few ways to discretely work out in your office:
Tricep dips on your office chair – hold on to the arms of your chair while sitting and lift your body out of the chair, then lower your body to the point just before you touch the chair.
Quads – I can see this making people uncomfortable, but it works for me. Take full advantage of a bathroom break to bust out a series of squats (no, not that kind of squat). [twohundredsquats.com]has a good plan.
Abs – You can easily work out your abs while sitting in your office chair. Simply stretch out your legs and hold them straight out in front of you for a few seconds, then lower them. Repeat. Reverse sit-ups can also be done rather easily by leaning back in your chair and lifting your knees.
These exercises are quite discrete and you can usually do them without anyone noticing, that is unless they are sitting in a desk (or stall) right beside you. If there is someone right beside you there are always other options like going into a storage room to get in a set of pushups, or take advantage of a 15 minute “smoke break” to go for a quick jog (don’t over-do it though, pit stains can make co-workers uncomfortable).
Not only will this improve your health but also your overall awareness and productivity. I often feel refreshed and alert after a quick workout break.
Use Hooks to Store Things on the Wall
Nic shows us how to use the surface area of the wall as an organisational space:
I use small 1″ household hooks that you can screw into anything.
First: i use one to hold my toothbrush, it works great and is barely noticeable with the toothbrush in place. I like clean uncluttered spaces, and buying a toothbrush holder seemed like a waste and throwing it in the drawer or leaving it out would result in something getting on it or it getting in the way. should be noted i did take a pair of wire snips and cut off the very tip of the hook to allow the toothbrush neck to fit in easily
Second(my main and favourite “hack”): screwing a row of these on the wall to use as a charger station, it works great setup by the front door (this one happens to be by my desk) or anywhere you need to charge your devices and dont have/want them taking up usable and valuable surface space, looks great to boot! i always get compliments on the idea and even give these hooks away to anyone that comes over and mentions it, they were super cheap and work great in the workshop and kitchen too! also catching keys etc…
Use Binder Clips to Keep Tea Bags Out of the Way
If you like to keep your tea bag in the mug while you drink, you probably know the annoyance of having it hit you in the face and drip tea up your nose while you’re drinking – Lifehacker reader Jennifer uses a binder clip to keep it in the tea but out of the way of your face.
Use Categories to Send Delayed Email Now
axma55 has a default delay on his sent emails, with one convenient caveat:
This is an add-on to the tip on delaying the sending of emails for a specified time in Outlook. I have a rule set to delay all emails from being sent for 2 minutes. It’s so that I can stop an email from going out if I need to because of things like forgetting someone on the distribution, forgetting the attachment, or if I felt the email had the wrong tone. It’s worked wonders, but sometimes I wish the rule wasn’t in place, like when I send that final email right before I leave the office. I can’t shutdown until it’s sent because I work on a laptop. Or, when I need to get something to a co-worker right away. Those 2 minutes can seem like an eternity. What I did was alter the rule to include an exception. Now, if an email has the category “Send now,” Outlook doesn’t wait the 2 minutes to send it. You can create whatever category you want to apply this exception. I just figured “Send now” is pretty easy to remember, and it’s the first “S” category on my categories list, so it’s just a few keystrokes to tag the email with that category.