More and more, people are trying to work the way computers work.
We constantly multitask, connect dots, scan information, send and receive data; and occasionally we run too hot and burn out our processors.
Our brains aren’t designed to work like that – not day in and day out.
When do – much like computer processors – our brains start to slow down, allocating the minimum resources to any task and reserving mental energy for all the other tasks on the go (including some for the tasks that you don’t have on the go, but feel guilty about putting off). Continue reading…
We all possess four distinct, yet interconnected sources of energy: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Most of us have a pretty good read on our physical and mental energy levels.
Physical energy is about what your body can handle: you know your physical energy is low if you fall asleep on a conference call, or if you are dragging your butt to meetings.
Mental energy is about what your brain can handle: you know your mental energy is high if you’re able to analyze a dense report, or if you can make creative connections throughout the day.
Emotional energy is about what you can handle emotionally. It is often indicated by a person’s stress threshold, their breaking/boiling point, their ability to maintain a positive outlook, or their ability to motivate themselves and others. These are all critical factors for high performance at work and at home. Continue reading…
Layoffs and cutbacks take their toll on us emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. There’s no point pretending otherwise.
I’m not going to tell you that eating nuts and apples between meals will make you feel better about some of the repercussions of this economic downturn.
What I do want to make abundantly clear is that you will benefit by training for the marathon of emotional, mental, physical and spiritual stress ahead. No more excuses. Continue reading…
Did you know your brain represents only 2% of your body weight and requires a greedy 20% of your energy? That’s one of those facts that’s kind of fun to pull out at a party … if you can remember it.
I’m guessing there are a lot of things that you wish you could remember. There are decisions you wish you could make quicker. And there are moments when you would do anything to be able to focus. Have you considered rock climbing? Continue reading…
5 Reasons Why Taking Your Holidays Helps You!
WARNING: multitasking can be detrimental to your relationships, your health and your career.
Yup, I’m serious.
People who multitask actually perform at a significantly lower level than people who are able to fully engage. They may “do more” but they also make more mistakes, offend more people, and miss more important opportunities. Most significantly, they find it much more difficult to achieve their goals. Continue reading…