'Did you enjoy your three days off?' asked my manager when I arrived at work this morning. 

'Well, they weren't really days off,' I replied, after having just ran half the way to work. 

Having four jobs means that three days off from one job doesn't ensure any days off at all. On Wednesday mornings I volunteer at Oxfam Books and Music, On Thursday I had to interview someone for an article for the next issue of the magazine I write for. Then I had to do a 5pm-9pm shift at the Uni of Nottingham.

Okay, Friday was my mum's 60th birthday, but we were out all day, so I didn't have a chance to properly wind down. And during the moments when I wasn't with my mum, I was writing and updating my LinkedIn profile, and was up until midnight doing so. 

This morning I was practically a zombie, and required matchsticks to keep my eyelids from shutting. Here are five tips for surviving work when you are tired:

1. Food and Water

You must stay hydrated. Working constantly tends to make you physically hot, which leads to your mouth drying out. Take a full bottle of water with you and keep it close so you can have a drink here and there. 

Have food ready for your break. Ideally, have something filling like a sandwich with your favourite filler, so you at least have something to look forward to. Hopefully the thought of a food break will provide you with enough motivation to keep going. And after you've eaten you'll feel less hungry and have more energy to finish the rest of the day. 

2. Don't think about fatigue

If you focus on your heavy eyes, you will slip (both physically and mentally) into a state of not being able to concentrate on your work. You might find yourself with a blank mind, and this will only hinder your work. 

3. Choose your tasks wisely

Obviously, I cannot offer a set of definitive solutions to beating tiredness on the job, as every job is different, but whatever your role, you will know what tasks are 'easy' and which ones are more difficult. If you are struggling to think straight, don't begin a task that could easily confuse you, or one that requires a clear mind. Ease yourself into your work, and you'll soon get into the stride of things and be able to accomplish your more challenging task. 

4. Take mini breaks and breathers 

Two of my colleagues did this today. I was in the back room logging the deliveries that had been booked in, when one of my colleagues came to ask a question, and took the opportunity to sit down on the spinny chair. She just needed a moment to breathe and re-focus. This is where the water bottle comes in handy too. Take half a minute (or a whole minute) just to have a drink of water, pause, and then continue. 

My manager also took a mini break. She told me that she had just gone for a toilet break just so she could have a bit of peace! I could completely understand this, as I have also done it before. When things get busy, sometimes you just need that moment to yourself, to gather your thoughts before you get back out there and face whatever will be waiting for you. 

5. Have something to look forward to when you get home

Maybe buy ingredients for your favorite meal, or promise yourself to watch a film or read a book. Just give yourself something to work towards each day. So when you're at work you can remember whatever you have planned for the evening and smile. You'll work harder because you know the more work you do, the better your reward will feel when you get home. 

Whether these tips will help or not, I don't know, but they are certainly things we can think about implementing into the more busy, stressful moments of our lives. But when it comes to work, you just need to do your job to the best of your ability. And to ensure that you aren't too tired, make sure you get enough sleep the night before! Everyone needs to clock off eventually and call it a day. 

Most of all, enjoy what you do. If you do what you love, then you'll love what you do and it won't feel like work at all. 

Published by Jade Moore