I’m a morning person. I wake up, most days, rearing and ready to go. Much to Michael’s dismay. Most days, I get up about 6:30. I have my caffeine buzz about 8, eat breakfast, and try to stay focused throughout the work day. But sometimes, my attention wanes and I feel a bit off.
Admit it: we’re all busy. I know we all have the same 24 hours in a day, but I find that when I eat right and get in a sweat session, I’m about 400% more productive. And that’s how it should be, right?
I’m trying to make small changes to create a healthier routine: drink more water, move more throughout the day (can be a real problem when you work from home and your desk is 167 feet- yep, I measured- walk), and eat healthy.
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To keep alert and feel my best I’ve done a few things to help me stay on track:
1. Go to bed and wake up around the same time. This can be really, really hard. Especially in the mornings when the previous nights I stay out past my bedtime. But once I have a routine down, it becomes much easier.
2. Workout. Whenever, wherever. I’m really excellent at making up excuses on why I just shouldn’t work out: too busy, too hungry, just ate, my hair might look sweaty. So now, I’ve rigged up a makeshift desk to an old treadmill. (For pics, check out my Snapchat: helenesula). I try to get on there at least twice a day and read emails and blogs at that time.
3. Segment my time. I read a recent article that stated the perfect recipe for productivity is to work for 52 minutes then break for 17. By break that could mean doing something like just getting up from my desk and refilling my water, take the dogs for a quick walk, or step outside for a bit. So far, this is definitely working.
4. Look in the distance. This might sound odd, but it’s true. Removing your eyes from the screen, giving them a break and give them something to focus on will help your eyes and sooth your stress. This report says to rest your eyes for 20-30 seconds.
5. Snack healthy. With spring right around the corner, it’s time to bring back one of my favorite healthy fruits: grapefruit. The tangy, citrus fruit is the best snack, early morning addition to coffee, and cocktail addition. The best around are the Texas Red Grapefruit from Sweet Scarletts.
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