When we think about being productive, we generally think about scheduling meetings and meeting up with our to-do lists. I can bet that we would hardly ever think that what we put into our mouths could affect how productive we are or how we maximise our day.
Check out the following and see how much they affect your productivity at work:
- Not having breakfast: A lot of people think that having breakfast would affect your productivity in terms of making you sluggish or sleepy but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Skipping breakfast is not a good idea. When we skip breakfast, the glucose our bodies need for energy is not there, and so, we find that it’s difficult for us to concentrate and focus. That’s why it’s difficult to concentrate on an empty stomach!
- Not eating the right things for breakfast: Now, in as much as you need to have breakfast, your body doesn’t process all food in the same way. Some food, such as bread, release glucose quickly so you’ll find that in eating these foods, you’ll have a high burst of energy followed by a slump. If you eat a meal that’s high in fat, it takes your body a lot of energy to digest so you’ll find that your hard working digestive system will make your system groggy. This knowledge should help you make the right choices in terms of meals.
- Make your eating decisions when you’re hungry: Making decisions about what to eat when you are hungry cannot be the best decision! You’ll most likely snack on what’s readily available and that would usually be chips, pastries, biscuits or a ton of other unhealthy options. Making your food decisions well beforehand will ensure that you can plan around healthy alternatives.
- Consider healthy snacking alternatives: Having a pack of Digestive biscuits or cupcakes by your desk is an almost default snacking option, but it would be better to snack on fruits or nuts. Now, this would take some intentionality and you may have to plan ahead, but you really need to take care of your health and your productivity. Some alternatives you could have are: pieces of fruit, cashew nuts, almond nuts, protein/fibre bars and so on. You can have healthy alternatives that also appeal to your sweet tooth, if you are a sugar lover.
Which of these tips are you going to implement? Leave a comment below!