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Supercharge Your Focus, Increase Motivation and Boost Drive With These 7 Methods!

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Most of us have a good idea of how to stay healthy and focused in times of stress, but there are 7 sure-fire ways to increase focus, motivation, and momentum for you. Be sure to incorporate them into your weekly schedule!

1. Power naps

Your mother was right: taking a nap is simply good for you. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a 20-minute nap between 1 and 3 p.m. can restore alertness, improve performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents. Can’t fall asleep because you are too worried about waking up? Using Jody Hatton’s YouTube channel to schedule your energy naps will ensure you get a deep sleep and wake up refreshed from six-minute (or longer) naps.

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2. Cold showers

For most of us, a cold shower is not an appealing idea, but to ward off illness it is becoming the norm for many who do not want to miss work days. If the children in the Netherlands can do it, so can you. And, of course, it was a Dutch study that showed that a routine hot and cold shower results in a statistical reduction in reported sick leave. After the hot shower, participants chose (depending on their ability and health status) to take a 30-, 60- or 90-second cold shower.

The next time you feel cold, try taking a cold shower to reduce the time away from work.

3. Recharge your sleep

According to the 2017 Handler Report, “insomnia is responsible for an average of $3,500 per employee per year in additional health care costs and lost productivity.” In other words, getting a good night’s sleep can save you in the long run. Although modern conveniences help us in many ways, taking these small steps can allow you to improve sleep performance, which translates into greater productivity in the workplace:

  • Lower the room temperature to 65-68 degrees.
  • Purchase curtains to darken the room.
  • Limit exposure to blue light to two hours before bedtime.

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4. Exercise

It can be daunting to fit exercise into our busy schedules, but there is now evidence that exercise can significantly increase work performance. A study conducted by Briston University followed 200 participants during their work week and compared data on the days they did or did not exercise with their daily performance levels at work. Participants’ scores were 21 percent higher for concentration at work, 22 percent higher for finishing work on time, 25 percent higher for working without unscheduled breaks, and an incredible 41 percent higher for feeling motivated to work.

This is evidence enough for your company to build a gym in the coffee room.

5. Meditation

It is not a far-fetched idea to realize that many people meditate for competitive advantage. However, studies show that meditation can make a positive contribution to work life. Taking a look at 10 empirical studies conducted in North America, Europe, and Asia, meditation not only provides benefits to personal mental health, but can also impact social relationships, alleviate role conflicts, and foster innovation and organizational development.

A 10-minute break in the morning and mid-afternoon can transform the workplace into a source of creativity and productivity.

6. Visualization

Visualization is a powerful daily practice that you can use to give your brain a roadmap to success. Studies have shown that the brain cannot distinguish between a real and an imaginary memory. This means that when you vividly imagine something coming true, you can create new neural pathways that will give your brain a really clear focus point.

For more than 10 years, I have been using my special visualization technique right before speaking on stage in front of thousands of people and before doing television interviews, so that my brain knows what to do and when. It also eliminates any fear because you have rehearsed what needs to happen so that your “monkey mind” does not get the better of you.

7. Music

It should come as no surprise that the best retail spaces invest in their playlists, ensuring an experience that will impact customers’ mood and buying behavior. But a full-time brand music director need not be the one to put it together. Studies have shown that music in hallways and conference rooms helps cohesion, especially during collaborative work or when the mood drops due to deadlines and projects.

You can listen to relaxing music, but keep in mind that studies have shown that instrumental music, compared to operatic music, gets more focus and attention at work than soundtracks with multiple lyrics and voices. Stick to light instrumental music to allow your employees to tap their toes and play keyboards to their heart’s content.