🎉Happy 5-2-1 Impact Thursday!🎉
Here are 5 high performance insights I've learnt, 2 quotes from others, and 1 conversation starter/ question to think about this week.
This week's theme: PRODUCTIVITY.
🦅5 High Performance INSIGHTS🦅
Manage your energy, not your time.
Assign thinking tasks/decision making/morning workouts to early in the day while your energy level is still high.
Doing mindless work that does not require much thinking? Do it after lunch while you feel the carb crash creeping up on you.
Creative writing? Do it in the early evenings after dinner while your mind is more relax. Work smart!
Be mindful of posture.
When you hunched over in a sitting position, your chest collapsed and your diaphragm presses against the bottom of your lungs, which in turns hinder your ability to breathe easily and deeply. You may feel better standing up or sitting up straight to improve oxygen flow to your brain
Do the most important thing first.
Disorder and chaos tend to increase as your day goes on. At the same time, the decisions and choices you had to make throughout the day tend to drain willpower and lead to brain fatigue.
Science tells us that you’re less likely to make a good decision at the end of the day than you are at the beginning.
So do the most important thing first and see your productivity rise several times.
You’re more productive when you take breaks.
“The technique I find works best for me when it comes to productivity is the Pomodoro Technique – named after those old school tomato-shaped kitchen timers. It dates back to the 1980s, is super simple but totally effective and great for helping you focus when you need to concentrate.
Set a countdown timer for 25 mins and get working. When the alarm sounds, have a five-minute break. This is one ‘Pomodoro’. Once you have done four Pomodoros’, have a longer break of 15-30 minutes… then start over again.
Develop a “pre–game routine”.
My morning routine starts by pouring a cold glass of water. Some people kick off their day with ten minutes of meditation. Similarly, you should have a sequence that starts your morning ritual. The routine signals to your brain that it’s time to get into work mode or exercise mode or whatever mode you need to be in to accomplish your task.
🦅2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS🦅
“If there are nine rabbits on the ground, if you want to catch one, just focus on one.”
– Jack Ma
“The key is not to prioritise what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
– Stephen Covey, American educator, author and businessman
🦅1 QUESTION FOR YOU🦅
“Would I rather?”
In psychology, reactance is the feeling of wanting to rebel against anyone telling us what to do.
The easy counter to reactance is to present everything as a choice with a “would I rather?” question.
“Would I rather sit and watch TV and slow down my weight loss progress, and then feel guilty, OR could I just do five minutes of exercise, feel great about myself, and keep my daily healthy habits going to get in great shape?”
When you present your options as a choice in question form rather than a command, you’ll find you’ll naturally want to make the better decision.
So dig deep, get asking. Would you rather….?
Until next week,
Caleb & Yvonne Megan