One big eye-opener for me was to realize how big of an impact what I ate had on the productivity of my day.
After some trial and error, I found two things that consistently improve my focus and general energy levels throughout the day, helping me get more done.
1. Pay attention to what you eat
As a personal example, I noticed that when I had potatoes at lunch (french fries were my favorite), the next 2-3 hours were very sluggish, my mind was very slow and unfocused, and I was generally lethargic.
I did an experiment and for a few days I always skipped potatoes at lunch.
The difference was massive. After lunch, I could get back to work with a clear and focused mind.
I also noticed that the quality of the food (i.e. is it tasty, nutritious, fresh, etc) had a direct impact on my productivity. I usually went to lunch at a place where, let’s just say food quality was not one of their strengths. As soon as I switched to a different place (a few minutes walking distance away) which prepared vastly better meals, my state of mind was much better for the entire day after lunch and my productivity was subsequently much better.
2. Pay attention to how much you eat
Another way to ensure more productivity after lunch is to only eat until you’re about 70-80% full.
– don’t stop eating when you feel full
– don’t stop eating when you emptied your plate
– don’t stop eating when everyone else in your group is finished eating
Instead — stop eating when you feel like “I could eat a bit more, but I’m mostly satisfied” (roughly at about 70-80% full).
This helps you avoid the few hours of “down time” most people feel after a big meal. Instead, you will feel alert, productive, and ready for action.
On the days when I did this, I noticed I was more alert and engaged for the rest of the day.
What do you do to improve your productivity? Let me know in the comments below.