How To Get The Most From Your Mind At Work

Executing on Plans / February 19, 2014 / Kristie

Your mind is your most valuable asset in the workplace. A mind functioning like a well-oiled machine helps to zoom through the work day more smoothly with less hiccups along the road. Much better than puttering through a bumpy road in a hurry. I’ve stumbled upon some great articles about general tips for living a better life on Dumb Little Man- Tips For Life, one of them being Maximize Your Mind in the Work Environment. This article lists some key points to follow that are easy for anyone to implement and can really make a positive impact on your professional and personal life. So here’s the gold….


Eat Healthy

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a healthy body is a healthy mind. Your body and your brain need food to function. The healthier the foods you eat, the healthier your body and this has a direct effect on your mind. A well balanced diet including antioxidants from fruits and nuts as well as healthy essential fatty acids feed your brain. Eating small portions throughout the day helps to keep your energy levels up by consistently delivering nutrients to your body and brain to help you function better.

Limit Stress

The more you allow stress in your life, the more your allow stress to take over your life. The nice thing is that stress is a state of mind so you have the power to limit stress yourself. Try taking a moment to breath deeply and bring your focus back to the present moment, without all the clutter of details to distract yourself. The more calm you are, the easier it is for you to find solutions and think forward, rather than dwelling on the past and only seeing the problem

Exercise Your Eyes

Take breaks from staring at your computer screen so you don’t strain your eyes. This helps you to stay focussed and avoids headaches caused by overworking your eyes. The article by Dumb Little Man suggests putting the palms of your hands over your eyes for a short period of time to block out all the light and give your eyes essentially a ‘mini nap’.

Keep a Positive Attitude

I mentioned this concept in a recent blog called Boost Your Productivity with Positive Thoughts. Having a positive attitude makes moving through your day easy because similar to limiting stress, you’re able to find solutions instead of focusing on problems. Also, when you have a positive attitude it’s easier to take feedback as a way of improving your work and yourself. Try to think of all the positive aspects of each situation. They’re always there, you just need to find them.

Exercise Your Brain

Learning new skills and taking on new challenges keeps your brain turning and results in improving your performance. Challenging your mind can also cause you to be more creative by working within certain limitations. Dr. Seuss wrote the book I Am Sam when challenging himself to use only 50 words.

In addition to these 5 tips, freeing up your brain where possible helps you to be more efficient. This is all part of David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology. When you limit all the floating question in your mind about “who was I supposed to follow-up with today?”, “what stage did I leave off with that project?”, “when is that deadline again?”, you’re able to focus on your work. Daylite allows you to free up your mind by acting as your backup memory to remind you of what you need to do so you can actually DO IT. By utilizing Daylite’s robust features like Pipelines to track where you are on a project, reminders for follow-ups, and Daylite Mail Assistant to refresh your memory of interactions over e-mail, you’re able to stay focussed and be more productive.

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