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HOW TO STAY PRODUCTIVE IN THE OFFICE WHEN YOU WISH YOU WERE OUTSIDE FISHING

When the sun is shining through the office window and the work is piling up on you, there is no place anyone would rather be than in their favourite fishing spot. It takes every drop of energy to keep my head buried in my work and stop myself daydreaming about casting off and sipping a cold one. Productivity reaches new depths I didn’t even know were possible and that 5 o’clock finish feels like it is a millennium away.

TALK TO YOUR COLLEAGUES

Making some small talk and chit-chat can be a good way to take your mind off fishing. It might even help you forget about the glorious weather and help you focus on the work at hand. Although, if you find yourself unable to talk about anything but your next Tuna fishing charter or the best rod and reel combo for Bass fishing, you might want to explore another technique to take your mind off it.

LISTEN TO MUSIC

Music is always a welcome distraction from work, but especially on a day with perfect fishing conditions. Plugging the earphones in might help you zone out from the world around you and block out any coworkers who might be driving you up the wall, or making matters worse by chatting about fishing.

TAKE A WALK

If you can take a break, then go for a walk around the office or stretch for a few minutes in your seat. Take a few moments to yourself and stretch yourself out properly. I find that once I’ve taken a few minutes to myself and gone for a walk and stretched my muscles out, a lot of my tension lifts and I feel more relaxed. A focused body makes for a focused mind. Just try to avoid practising your casts while you’re stretching, this won’t help take your mind off fishing.

VARY WHAT YOU ARE WORKING ON

Changing tasks every 30-40 minutes will stop anything from becoming too boring and stale. I find when I’m working on the same thing for hours on end, my brain begins to wander and always finds its way back to my favourite fishing spot. Change it up and move on to the next project to keep things fresh. Set the end of this task as the end goal, you can even set a timer. When you reach the 40-minute mark, have a stretch and set to work on something new. It will re-engage your mind and bring productivity levels back to acceptable levels.

LEAVE YOUR JOB AND HURRY TO YOUR FAVOURITE SPOT

If none of these tips work, then maybe it’s time to just give in to temptation. Sling your gear in the boot, grab your mates (who are obviously diehard fishos and will have undoubtedly left their respective jobs), a carton of beers and get out on the water. We all relapse sometimes and when better than on a sunny midweek day. Time spent fishing is time well spent, after all.

 


Do you have any tips to help with those of us suffering at work on a perfect day for fishing? Share your tips through the comments section below.

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Oli Ward
oli@dinga.com.au

Oli has camped and hiked his way around Australia and most of Europe. He also loves writing about his experiences and sharing his knowledge.