5 Simple Ways You Can Nurture Your Brain to Help You Stay Productive
You’re a Small Business owner. You’re busy. Like all the time. Time is something that is coveted in all of us – we all want more of it yet we never seem to have enough. If you’re like most Small Business owners out there you’ll have a to-do list of varying length and intensity that never comes to an end. This is a natural part of running business, sure, but what if you could do more in less time, thus saving precious minutes? You can.
The best way to save time is to make sure you’re actually getting stuff done in a quick and effective manner. Now there are plenty of articles out there about time management techniques and tricks, but what I want to share with you is how to improve productivity through improving the function of your brain and by changing the way that you think.
Your brain is incredibly complex in the way that it works and its function is dependent upon your nutrition, sleep and ability to cope with stress. When your brain is firing on all cylinders, thoughts become clear and coherent and you’re able to complete tasks in a fast and orderly fashion. When the brain is under-functioning, your thoughts will become clouded and you’ll find it harder to focus. Your brain wants a rest because it’s tired, so it will be more likely to wander to less intensive tasks (hello procrastination!) and have trouble keeping a tight train of thought.
We all know the feeling of having one of those ‘good days’ where work just seems to come easily and we get heaps done. Some days we are on a roll and in flow, whereas other days every task seems like a struggle and you can end the day feeling like you’ve achieved nothing. Your state of mind going in to a day has a huge impact on how the day will roll out and there’s a lot that you can do to change it.
So how can we improve?
There’s a lot that you can do to nurture your brain and create a positive state of mind on a daily basis. Here’s my top 5 tips to get you started.
You’ll see this tip time and time again in the entrepreneurial space – because it works! Daily meditation helps to clear your mind of clutter and helps create a positive state of mind. For beginners, try using and app for 5-10 minutes a day. The Headspace, Smiling Mind and Take A Break apps are great options for first timers.
2. Exercise in the morning
Movement gets nutrients flowing throughout your body and more importantly into your brain. It increases your feel good endorphins and gives you some thinking time to defrag your brain before you begin your day. It’s hard not to feel good after a workout session in the morning.
3. Drink water
Another simple tip but one that is so often neglected! If you are dehydrated, you won’t be able to think clearly – period. Your brain will shrivel up and have a lot of trouble doing what it does best. Put a large glass jug on your desk with a cup – if it’s in your face you’ll be much more likely to drink it. Aim for 2 litres of purified water each day.
4. Up your healthy fats
Your brain is nearly 60% fat. A lack of healthy fats in the diet will impair its function. Omega 3 in particular helps to ‘feed’ your brain – up your intake of salmon, sardines, chia seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts and kangaroo. Including plenty of coconut oil, cold pressed olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds will also help.
Did you know that your body is doing more while you’re asleep than when you’re awake? This includes processing memories from the day and balancing your brain chemistry. Small Business owners need no less than 7 hours (preferably 8) if they want to harness their full brainy potential.”
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