Working smart: be active after eating

Tidying up

So here’s my work-smart tip of the day for y’all students. But before I share it, remember: in the hyper-competitive world of today, working hard is nothing special anymore. It’s working smart that will make the difference.

This tip is really very simple. You know how you tend to feel sleepy after a meal, especially lunch? Many of us doze off after lunch or just become completely unproductive, for instance staring at the phone drowsily for two hours. Not smart!

What I advise you to do is to be physically active after a meal. No, not running or football or rope skipping. But just doing some physical chores, for instance washing dishes and walking the dog; tidying up your room or your file; or doing your grocery shopping. This will help regulate blood sugar and not only reduce the drowsiness that comes from the surge in blood sugar followed by the crash, it will also lower the risk of diabetes. You can also lessen the drowsiness by eating natural, whole-grain foods (such as brown rice and whole-grain bread) rather than refined carbohydrates.

I find that after eating is the best time to do all the mundane chores as I have a surplus of energy from the carbohydrates that I just consumed. Not only do I get the annoying chores out of the way, I also reduce my post-meal sleepiness – which unlocks more energy for me to do other, non-physical work thereafter such as studying and writing.

A productive day is a cause for much satisfaction – it is a day well lived. May we all work smarter.


Website owner Steven Ooi, a First Class Honours grad from the National University of Singapore, retired from a distinguished 14-year career as a GP and English tutor in 2016. He continues to blog on issues of concern to General Paper and student life.

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A dedicated English and GP tutor with First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore, Steven Ooi retired from the profession after a 14-year career during which he was one of the most sought-after private tutors in Singapore. He is the recipient of the Minerva Prize from NUS, which is awarded to the top English Language honours student of each cohort. This website, which has consistently ranked among the top 10 on Google and has received over 530,000 hits, has now been converted into a GP resource site cum listing of recommended tutors. If you are a GP or English tutor who wishes to be listed here, please email Steven Ooi at stevenooi18 @ (remove the spaces). Interested parties will be assessed and interviewed by him, and qualifications will be checked. These procedures are necessary to uphold quality standards. DISCLAIMER: While every reasonable effort has been made to assess the competence and verify the qualifications of recommended tutors here, no guarantees are made and you engage them at your own risk. By using this website, you agree that you will not hold the webmaster Steven Ooi responsible for any consequences — direct or otherwise — that occur in relation with your use of this website.
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