4 Practices that Increase Productivity
Whether you are a stay at home mom or a staunch business man, the name of the game most days is productivity.. Especially here in America. Here, where we have the fewest paid days off and would never even consider closing up shop for a siesta, we are all pushed to our max to get things done. As a result, that is exactly what we expect from those who service us, our internet speeds, our baristas, our grocers … everyone! Have you ever found yourself ready to blow because the lady in front of you at the grocery store has to many coupons or because it took more than 3 minutes to receive the coffee you ordered? (Guilty as charged)… So considering the world we live in (or the country I suppose) lets think a little bit about all this. If we are putting ourselves in high pressure situations, we sure better be putting the correct fuel into our bodies.. right? Unfortunately a lot of us don’t… as described in the article “5 Foods to Boost Your Mood” the typical American diet only adds to our irritability. In my opinion, part of being healthy is providing yourself a balanced life. Within that balance, productivity is key in order to accomplish our goals in a timely, stress free fashion. So why not take a look at a few practices that can help us out with that..
Practice #1 – Focus on YOU each morning
One of the first things many of us do as soon as we open our eyes each morning is grab our phone or tablet and check our email.. Am I right? Or jump on Facebook, twitter our your social media of choice.. As I researched productivity I noticed a trend in all the advice and studies I have read.. 1st trend is – we are distracted. There are too many ways for us to become distracted too easily! With technology at our fingertips its too easy to lose focus. 2nd trend is – we let others dictate what we do. Believe it or not when you check your email each morning (and sometimes in the middle of the night) what you read in your inbox may dictate your to do list before you even put your feet on the ground. I strongly encourage everyone to skip that practice and switch gears. Take care of yourself each morning (and those who may depend on you). Take a few moments to stretch, better yet, get up early and exercise. Eat a healthy breakfast, and then see what your email inbox has to offer you once you are charged up and ready to rock and roll.
Practice #2 – Eat your brain food
Eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables, which are high in antioxidants, along with nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and pecans. Spice up your food with cumin, which has neuroprotective effects. Consume foods rich in folic acid to preserve memory. Eating berries and nuts together as a snack is a powerful brain food combo, try having sliced almond and berries with Greek yogurt. Also be sure to get your omega 3’s in by having wild salmon and avocado often.
Practice # 3 – Plan Your Meals
Yes! Plan your meals! I cannot stress this enough.. There are many reasons why its important to take time once a week and plan your meals.. it enables you to eat organic on a budget, it will keep you from impulse purchases full of naughty ingredients, and it saves you time. Try it!
Practice #4 – Tell Others Your Goals
The old stand by is true.. I’m sure you have heard this one before. Put your goals out there in the universe and you will be more inclined to accomplish them. So shout them from the rooftops! Keep your list short but think BIG.. believe me, 6 months ago I would have never expected that I would have this blog finally up and running, but then I put it out there and I had no choice! This falls into the productivity category because many of us have goals that we are not efficiently and productively going after. You know that awesome sensation you get when you accomplish a long term goal? Well that’s a healthy feeling.. so lets do it!