I want to share a secret with you……it’s so good you will want to share it too…..
My working day has decreased from an average 8 hours right down to 5 hours freeing up time for my mental and physical wellbeing, which supports the efficient productivity of my days.
8 – 5 = 3 hours Me Time
So how did this transformation happen? Simple – My focus changed.
Before I explain the change, you need a brief insight into my typical ‘old’ working day.
My working days started with the sound of my alarm ringing in my ears!!! I would drag myself out of bed, and when standing under the shower I desperately tried to compile my to do list. I would also do my hardest to avoid immediately launching into stress mode with the realisation there weren’t enough hours in the working day to get the tasks completed.
I would skip breakfast mainly due to feeling I didn’t have the time to spare. Pour a coffee and get to work sat at my desk. By midday I felt brain dead and stifled by the enormity of my to do list, and panic set in so I simply couldn’t focus.
Lunch came and went with maybe a quick snack, often a piece of fruit or raw vegetables mixed in yogurt and another coffee or water.
Before I knew it 6pm was staring me in the face and my to do list was still to do!
I used to turn off my computer, prepare an evening meal for my family and then collapse mentally exhausted.
I was constantly stressed, fearful that I was failing everyone around me.
My moment of Clarity and Focus
It was a usual morning manic, non productive morning and I was struggling to write my daily article. I turned and looked into my garden and then I saw it.
In my minds eye clear, crisp and colourful I was looking at a open creative office space.
Not in great shape as due a coat of paint!!
Three years ago my father and I built from reclaimed materials a play house for my daughter. She no longer used it, and it stood empty in the garden.
The image I was seeing was the play house, except it was a functioning office.
Interestingly I had created a ideal office space draft several years earlier and the theme was open airy and away from routine, so here it was, the empty play house became my working space, aka Kay’s Den.
It has wi-fi, lighting, no heating (I wrap up in blankets and use hot water bottles). My chair is my pilates ball, so I am strengthening my core when sitting and avoiding the slouch posture. The door is open to allow fresh air fill my lungs and I hear natures songs to soothe my senses. I have satisfied my entire mind, body and soul.
My work is far more efficient and tasks are completed prior to their deadlines, leaving time for me. My daily fear of incomplete work is no longer there, and my stress levels are almost non existent.
I wake and take my breakfast to Kay’s Den. I sit with the door wide open looking out into my garden whilst mindfully eating. With some calming balancing breaths I turn to my computer and begin with no stress, no pressure and more importantly no brain fog.
Now I know building a den is not an option for many, but the essence behind this change is focus on your environment.
If the surrounding environment is supportive to the work to be completed your productivity will be greater. Open windows where ever possible, to allow fresh air in. Take a few moments to focus on your breathing, visualise clean energy filling every cell within clearing your brain ready for focus.
Make sure your chair supports your body, Check that posture regularly. If you do have to sit at your desk hour after hour, stand and stretch to the ceiling and turn side to side. Doing this at regular intervals supports effective digestive function as it allows the bowel natural peristalsis to work optimally, resulting in less bloat and reduced waistline discomfort.
Eat and drink. Hydration is essential for cell health. If you feel thirsty so to are your cells including those in your brain. When cells become dry they are less effective and the functions are compromised. Next time you start to feel your head aching, have a glass or two of water, stretch and breathe deep breaths, before you reach for chemical based painkillers.
Food is just as vital as water, nutrients must be present for the cell to function. Poor nutrition can result in brain fog, headaches, bloat, swollen ankles, irritability, mood swings and fatigue.
So my secret is
create the right atmosphere for the job.
If you can’t work efficiently at home and have no desire to build a den, take yourself to a small health food café or the local library or even an art museum. The correct location can inspire and stimulate the imagination to enable better work in less time.
Dull uninspiring surroundings fail to stimulate our senses leaving us blocked and failing… open airy vibrant spaces stimulate and provoke every sense and switch the imaginative switch on full… resulting in high quality work created through focus and purpose.
Try it and see……
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