4 Ways to Keep Your Mind Sharp While You Work 

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Staying sharp and ready for action…

Do you ever get a bit foggy headed as you work?

Looking for some ways to stay sharp and focused?

In this post I cover four basic tips that can make or break your ability to have a clear and fog-free mind.

These simple tips can really make a big difference in your daily work.

Get your body moving.

It’s not uncommon for people who work in an office setting to sit at a computer or desk for the entire day. That’s a lot of time spent in the same exact position! Change things up by putting your body in motion.

Stand up and stretch, go for a short walk around the office to visit a colleague instead of calling or emailing, or maybe run an errand outdoors. Besides getting some more movement in your life, your mind will also benefit from a much-needed change of scenery.

Eat meals at regular intervals.

Did you have breakfast this morning? If not, chances are you’ve probably gone more than twelve hours straight without eating. You wouldn’t go on a long car trip without filling up your gas tank, giving your car the fuel it needs to get from point A to point B. Likewise, would you expect your body to perform well or even at all without having enough fuel? As living beings we need to eat on a regular basis, it’s just a fact of life. If there’s any doubt or questions as to what foods you should be eating and when, consult a medical professional.

Get some fresh air. 

Working indoors means working in an environment with controlled temperature and humidity levels. Yet with all these environmental controls, nothing beats fresh, circulated air. If you’re feeling a bit foggy in the head, try stepping outside of the office or your workspace for a few minutes each day to get some fresh air. Make note of how you feel before and after your break. Feel better post-break? You might want to make outdoor breaks a regular daily habit.

Get enough sleep.

We’ll probably continue to hear about the virtues of sleep until the end of time, which is all the more reason to heed this precious advice. You can’t expect to be productive during the day if you’re only working off of three or four hours of sleep a night. Set a regular, reasonable bedtime for yourself and follow it. Sure, it will take some time to get used to your new schedule, but the benefits of a good night’s rest will be worth the initial struggle of forming a new habit.

How about you? When do you start to feel foggy headed as you work? What are your signals or alerts that’s it’s time to switch things up and give your body a break or try something new? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.