According to an article in the Harvard Business review, Beware of the Busy Manager, 1 our unhealthy lifestyles are diminishing our capacity at work. Only 10% of managers are high in both focus and energy, two of the main ingredients for success. The authors found that 20% were disengaged, 30% were high in procrastination, and 40% were easily distracted. This means that 90% of managers, and likely the rest of us, lack both focus and/or energy.
You don’t have to be a statistic. There are many things you can do today to have better focus and energy.
IMPROVE YOUR FOCUS
If you want to improve your focus, it all starts by knowing your motivation. If you don’t know where you want to go and why you want to go there, how will you ever get there?
Here is a great exercise to keep you focused on your goals:
1. The One-Page Miracle
Clear, focused, written goals are essential to achieving what you want in your life. The One-Page Miracle is a powerful exercise that can make a dramatic difference in your life.
Do NOT try to do this exercise in your head – you MUST write it down. The act of writing it down creates a greater connection between your thinking self and your doing self—and makes it appear more real than if you simply think it in your head.
Here are the simple steps:
- On a piece of paper, write down the specific goals for each area of your life, including your health (physical, emotional, and spiritual), relationships, work/school, and finances.
- Post it where you’ll see it every day, such as on your refrigerator, bathroom mirror or desk at work.
Focusing on what’s important to you on a daily basis will make it easier to behave in a way that makes it happen. Ask yourself, “Is my behavior today getting me what I want?”
INCREASE YOUR ENERGY
2. Nourish Yourself
If you want to look your best, feel amazing, perform optimally at work or in school, and have great relationships in life, eating right is one of the most effective strategies. You’ll have more energy, be in a better mood, and be mentally sharper, which is a recipe for success in every area of your life.
3. Get Restful Sleep
Good sleep is essential for optimal brain and body health. It is involved in rejuvenating all the cells in your body, gives brain cells a chance to repair themselves, and activates neuronal connections that might deteriorate from inactivity. You need to sleep well if you want to have consistent, good energy.
One of the most important things you can do during the day to increase your energy, stay healthy and optimize your brain is to exercise. Finding ways to bring small bits of fitness into your day will help you feel energized, relieve stress, improve your mood, and keep your brain vibrant and young!
5. A Natural Boost
When you are desperate to increase your energy levels, you may be tempted to try unhealthy methods. Energy boosters to avoid include diet pills, sugary caffeinated energy drinks, too much coffee, caffeinated sodas, and smoking. All of these are harmful to the health of your brain and body.
Instead, whenever you need a safe, swift pick-me-up, you can count on BrainMD Health’s very own Brain Boost on the Go to provide the natural, caffeine-free energizers that will leave you feeling sharp and focused.
1Bruch H, and Ghoshal S: Beware of the busy manager. Harvard Business Review, February 2002
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