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1733 days ago
ICAS’s 5 top tips for being more productive at work

1733 days ago
ICAS’s 5 top tips for being more productive at work

We all get that sluggish, unmotivated and all around unproductive feeling some days. This is however never a good thing because while you sit still and do nothing, your to do list at work just keeps growing. There are a few things that you can do to be more productive and it’s as simple as becoming just a little healthier.

1. Do not skip breakfast:

Skipping breakfast is not an option. Breakfast, according to many nutritionists is the most important meal of the day. After hours of sleep and rest, your body needs energy to get back into the swing of things and prepare for the day ahead. A healthy breakfast is what will give you the necessary fuel to do this. A good breakfast increases your energy levels, attention span and heightens your intelligence. This small change creates a solid foundation for a productive day.

2. Get enough sleep:

Ever heard the expression, not enough hours in the day? Well we all feel like this sometimes especially when the challenges of work and everyday life start to pile up. When this happens many people tend to “burn the candle at both ends” which often results in less sleep which has an impact on your health and ultimately your productivity.

The quality of your sleep directly affects the quality of your waking life, including your mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance, creativity, physical vitality, and even your weight. Most healthy adults need between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep per night to function at their best.  If you are experiencing any of the below effects, you need to ask yourself if you are getting enough hours of sleep a day.

3. Exercise:

Research has shown that a regular exercise routine can make you happier, smarter, and more energetic. A habit of regular exercise will help keep you mentally sharp throughout your day. Exercise also has a positive impact on your stress levels and increases concentration. So why not consider getting up those 20 minutes earlier and taking a walk or a jog around your block, the benefits will astound you.

4. Stay hydrated:

The human body is made up of 70 per cent water and the brain up to 85 per cent. Water is therefore incredibly important for your health and productivity, but we are all guilty of not drinking enough during the day. The warning signs of thirst include excessive yawning, irritability, headaches and heat intolerance. This could also cause a drop in energy and feeling lethargic. A great tip is to buy a two-litre bottle of water and keep it on your desk to remind you to drink while at work. Another tip would be to mark the bottle with times of the day, this will ensure that you are drinking enough throughout the day.

5. Make healthy food choices:

Beyond breakfast what we eat during the day often directly influences the way we feel and has a large impact on our productivity. Foods that are packed with carbohydrates and refined sugar are not going to provide us with the nutrients and energy we need. To do this we need to eat foods that will sustain and prolong energy levels.

If you are partial to having a sandwich for lunch give it a healthy twist with low GI seed loaf and some salad on the side.  If you enjoy snacking, substitute the chips and chocolate for nuts, fruit or low fat yoghurt. The idea is to keep your energy levels constant; when you have energy you can focus that energy on being more productive.

For some more healthy eating tips and ideas take a look at the list below. http://www.lowgidiet.net/pages/lowgimealideas.shtml

Wishing you all a healthy happy and productive week! If you have any other tips that you think would be beneficial and would like to share them with us you can tweet us using @ICAS_SA_LIFE or #ICAShealthytips or find us on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/ICAS-Southern-Africa/435071003187989

 

Sources:

http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/low-glycemic-diets.html

http://www.ivillage.co.uk/staying-hydrated-work/79390

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-pozen/exercise-productivity_b_2005463.html

http://www.myhealthportal.co.uk/articles/1085,_71.html

http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleeping.htm

 
 

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