Perfect Spending Your Time Wisely

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Improving time management is one of the easiest and most often overlooked ways to increase productivity in the workplace. When you know how to spend your time wisely, your productivity will increase and you will benefit from being able to get more work done in a shorter amount of time.

A good first step is to perform an audit on the ways you are currently spending your time and compare that with what you are accomplishing, and what you ought to be accomplishing. This auditing process is useful because it can help you determine how you can improve your schedule to maximize your time.

Next, consider creating to-do lists. Efficient organization and planning are essential to creating a useful plan for your time. To that end, making a to-do list is a great way to invest time from the present into your productivity in the future. You can create a to-do list at the beginning of your day to help determine what you should complete during the day, allowing you to strategically tackle your tasks in a reasonable way. Additionally, if you are left with a few minutes at the end of the day with nothing to do, try making a to-do list for the next day so that once you get into the office, you know where to begin.

Rank everything on your to-do lists in order of importance and when it needs to be completed. In addition, estimate how long each activity will take to complete. Not only will having an amount of time make it easier to plan out your day, but it can also motivate you to complete each task in a given amount of time.

Once you have a routine of tasks you regularly complete, you can try creating a regular schedule (weekly or monthly, for example) and sticking to that schedule. The importance of your schedule is that it is a guideline for spending your time in the most efficient way possible. While it might take a considerable amount of time to perfect your schedule, the rewards will be immense once you get into the groove.

Always find something to do. When you aren’t taking a break, try to keep constantly work, doing your best to ignore unnecessary interruptions or distractions. This method of work will keep you focused, as well as keeping up your momentum and thereby increasing your productivity. Of course, don’t forget to take breaks when necessary and appropriate – recharge time is also an incredibly valuable thing!

Lunch Ideas to Boost Brainpower at Work

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Though it might not be the first thing that comes to mind, your diet can greatly influence your productivity at work. Your body needs certain vitamins and nutrients to function properly, and getting food that includes these things is important to staying focused and alert. Next, we will discuss which vitamins and nutrients your body needs, and suggest some lunch ideas that will provide you with those vitamins and nutrients to keep you working efficiently throughout the day.

Iron

Iron is important to the body because it produces hemoglobin and oxygenates your blood, which in turn provides oxygen to your brain. Therefore, iron directly impacts your brain functions, and a lack of it will be noticeable and possibly dangerous. Foods that are iron-rich include deans, dark leafy greens like kale, chard, and spinach, beef, chicken, turkey, fish, edamame, and soybeans.

Lunch ideas: One great lunch idea is a sushi bowl. In a sushi bowl, you will generally find some form of seafood, and some combination of grains and vegetables, commonly quinoa and edamame. Another healthy choice is a hearty salad—one that includes a variety of meat, as well as spinach, fruits and vegetables to give your body all the fuel—and iron—it needs.

Zinc

Zinc is vital to the body because it impacts how neurons communicate with one another, thereby affecting how our memories are formed and how we learn. As a result, the level of zinc in your body greatly impacts your ability think, remember and learn. Pumpkin seeds, pistachios, and most beans have a healthy amount of zinc.

Lunch ideas: Try adding pumpkin seeds or pistachios as a side dish or snack along with your lunch. Additionally, you might consider having a bag of either on your desk for snacking throughout the day.

Vitamins B6 and B12

Both vitamins B6 and B12 are important to your body’s welfare. Vitamin B6 activates enzymes in your body that are responsible for producing energy, neurotransmitters, and red and white blood cells. Your blood cells are incredibly important because they stimulate the body and keep the immune system strong.

Vitamin B12 also makes neurotransmitters and is essential to synthesize other vitamins. One important thing to note about vitamin B12 is that, in its best form, it is only found in animal products; this is because the process necessary to create it involves the digestion process of many animals. While it is possible to salvage some vitamin B12 from plants, the body doesn’t absorb it as easily as it would vitamin B12 from animal products.

Foods containing vitamins B6 and B12 are often protein-rich like meats, eggs, and soybeans. Vitamin B6 can also be found in many fruits and vegetables for B6.

Lunch ideas: Given the wide variety of foods these vitamins can be found in, the possibilities seem endless. However, to ensure that you receive an adequate amount of both of these vitamins, ensure that you have a balanced meal with fruits, vegetables, and meats.

Whole Grains

Whole grains are helpful in part because they contain many nutrients that your body needs, but their best advantage is that they release them slowly throughout the day, which can help you stay focused for a long period of time. Good sources of whole grain include oats, oatmeal, many bran cereals, and whole-wheat bagels and pastas.

Lunch ideas: Try a sandwich with whole grain bread. You can request whole grain bread at many sandwich restaurants, and it isn’t significantly more expensive than regular bread at the grocery store. Whole grain pasta is another lunch option, especially if you mix it with meat and vegetables to ensure you receive all the nutrients your body requires.

Omega-3

Last, but certainly not least, are foods that are omega-3-rich. There are some essential fatty acids your body needs that can only be obtained through diet, meaning they cannot be produced by the body—this makes it very important that they are present in your diet. Of these essential fatty acids, omega-3 is the most important. Foods that are omega-3-rich include salmon, tuna, sardines, shrimp, walnuts, and beef.

Lunch ideas: As either a snack or a meal, try tuna fish served on crackers with a salad and fruit. Once again, a sushi bowl is a great choice because the fish or seafood present will contain omega-3s, as well as iron and other nutrients. Lastly, if you are focused on receiving omega-3s, try a salmon bento salad.

Are you hungry yet? We sure are—time for lunch!

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5 Quotes To Bring You Back On Track

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With 2015 already off to a busy start, are you looking to be an inspiring leader in your team and community? If the answer is yes a good place to begin is to look towards the advice of the inspirational leaders of our past. Here are 5 quotes to bring you back on track with your aspirational goals.

“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom

What has been holding you back in your career? By identifying your fears you can make efforts to leave them behind in 2015. Remember, the things you are most afraid of are often the things most worth undertaking.

“If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

Life hacks have been around for ages and this one provides key insights into our former President’s productivity. Before you embark on any new project make sure that your skills are honed towards success.

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“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success is the marriage between ambition and hard work. If you have the courage to dream big and the tenacity to work hard then you’ll be able to make your dreams a reality.

“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” – Roger Staubach

Speaking of hard work, going the extra mile is the best way to achieve your goals. No one has ever made it big without going above and beyond those of their peers.

“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.” – Margaret Thatcher

Slow days should be avoided not looked forward to. The most successful amongst us thrive when things get hectic in the office. If you constantly strive to challenge yourself to be better then eventually you will be recognized as the best.

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