Put yourself first, get more done!

Posted by: Judith Edwards
Feb. 15, 2017

46 days down, 319 left until we reach a new year. How're you tracking so far? If you're like us, you're swimming in to-do items and hoping for a quiet Friday to get your project list back on track. It might seem counterintuitive, but the first step to taking control of your to-do list is to take care of yourself.

Here are five quick and easy ways to make sure you’re firing on all cylinders each day:



The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours for adults.



Plant-based foods naturally contain hundreds of vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need to function and thrive. If you work in the fresh fruit industry, you're probably already getting your fill of fresh fruit. How about skipping that burger or burrito for lunch (we know, they're delicous) and opting for a green salad instead? Or try a green smoothie before leaving for work in the morning.



You might not have time to exercise each day, but try to get moving whenever and wherever you can. Walk to lunch instead of driving; take the stairs instead of the elevator; walk to your colleague’s office instead of calling them; or set up a makeshift standing desk to reduce the hours you spend sitting.



Call it what you want—meditation, a break, a brain vacation—but taking time to stop, clear your mind, and breathe has many proven health benefits. And it’s one of the easiest things to do! Here’s a great guide to a five-minute meditation.



When was the last time you took time to do something just because you found it enjoyable? According to Dr. Stuart Brown, author of Play, “purposeless, fun and pleasurable” activities like creating art, reading books, watching movies, listening to or making music, and even laughing and being silly, can help us be better problem solvers, improve our relationships, and sharpen our minds.



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Judith Edwards

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