It’s so easy to get busy every day with life and business that you forget to focus on your most valuable asset…. your health and well-being. I believe that sometimes it is the simple things that can have biggest impact.
Without your health and well-being, you will be hard pushed to be productive and perform at your best. You can boost your personal effectiveness by developing the following habits.
Plan Your Day
When you don’t purposefully plan your day, it can leave you feeling out of control, rushed and an overwhelming feeling of being ‘busy’ yet not productive. Take 15 minutes the night before to prioritise what you want to achieve the following day.
Take a Break
Your brain can only focus for 90 to 120 minutes before it needs a break. Nathan Kleitman, a sleep researcher, called it the “basic rest-activity cycle”: the 90-minute cycles during which you progress through the five stages of sleep. Kleitman found the 90-minute pattern exists in our days, too, as we move from higher to lower alertness–the ultradian rhythm. Take a 10-minute break away from your desk. Then come back to the same task or do something completely different.
Don’t Skip Lunch
When you are focused on getting through your ‘to do list’, it’s easy to skip that lunch break. Unfortunately, you are more likely to grab a less unhealthy alternative later in the day when your energy levels start to drop. Having a lunch break will improve your concentration and focus.
Respect Your Boundaries
The reality is when you say ‘no’ to others they may feel hurt, frustrated or disappointed. However, you can still work towards maintaining your boundaries as it shouldn’t have to be you who gives in all the time. Setting boundaries is about treating yourself respectfully, being kind and compassionate to yourself.
Set Aside ‘Me’ Time
Take time to recharge your inner battery of energy by doing something that you enjoy. There are so many activities that will help you to relax and reconnect with yourself.
When you are feeling overwhelmed faced with a never ending ‘to do list’ at home and at work, taking time out for yourself, may feel like a luxury. You may even find yourself saying ‘I don’t have time to relax’. Taking time out for yourself helps you to focus, reduce stress and prevent burnout.
Review what beliefs you hold about time. Statements like ‘there’s never enough time’, there’s too much to do’ and ‘there aren’t enough hours in the day’ will keep you feeling overwhelmed. Pay attention to what you are saying to yourself and see if you can create more helpful thoughts.