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Improve Focus At Work: 8 Ways To Stay On Track After Daylight Savings

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 03/12/2012 7:38 am Updated: 03/12/2012 9:46 am

Early Sunday morning, we lost an all-too-precious hour of sleep -- and today we're likely losing something else: productivity.

A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology concluded that sleepy employees spend dramatically more time "cyber-loafing" -- or browsing the Internet in a way that's not related to work -- on the Monday after the start of daylight saving time. Looking at six years worth of Google data, the researchers found a marked spike in searches related to entertainment when compared to other Mondays during the year.

The researchers also conducted an experiment, where they found that the less people slept, the more likely they were to cyber-loaf when listening to a boring lecture.

So if you're struggling to stay on task today, take heart in the fact that you're not alone. Click through these eight strategies to keep yourself focused -- then be sure to hit the hay early tonight.

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What we put in our bodies is, of course, incredibly important for our brains to perform their best. But breakfast, in particular, can set the tone for your waking hours, greatly influencing whether you feel focused or defeated for the rest of the day, explains Katherine Brooking, registered dietitian and co-founder of appforhealth.com.

"If you're starting your day with coffee-only, donuts or Pop-Tarts, you're doing your body -- and energy level -- a disservice," Brooking told The Huffington Post. To do your body right, she suggests people reach "past the sugar-sweetened cereal boxes and choose a real energy-boosting meal that includes protein and complex carbohydrates."

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