New York Times best-selling author and director of Amen Clinics, states the one thing you can do to be more successful and productive is to improve the quality of your decision making.
Why? Stanford University did a large scale study looking at over 1,548 participants who were 10 year-olds in 1921; subsequently, researchers have followed them for 90 years looking at what factor was most associated with success, health, and longevity.
And it wasn’t a lack of worry or being happy – it was consciousness.
“It was if you said you were going to show up – show up. It was the sum of the quality of decisions they made throughout their life, explains Dr. Amen.”
So how do you improve the quality of your decisions? Here are three actions Dr. Amen recommends:
1_Eat breakfast. Remember, having some protein at breakfast helps stabilize your blood sugar. Do not go long periods of time without eating.
2_Get sleep. Because getting enough sleep is the key to protecting your decision making.
3_Embrace “then what”. “I want you to plant these two words in your head – these are the two most important words when it comes to your health: ‘then what’.”
In his own words, “If I do this…then what will happen? If I say this...then what will happen? Does it fit the goals that I have for my life?”
Adopt Habits That Make Life Easier
Gretchen Rubin is one of the most influential writers on habits and happiness. In addition to several best-seller’s, her article, 'Do You Hate to Rush? 11 Tips for Getting Ready Faster”, includes clever reminders to help each of us gather momentum. The following list of tips spotlight five of habits that can help keep even the busiest leaders on track:
1_Put your alarm clock across the room, so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
2_ Select your outfit while you brush your teeth to go to bed the night before - so you don’t have to take the time for inner debate in the morning.
3_ Always leave your keys, wallet, sunglasses, and cell phone in the same place, so you don’t have to spend any time hunting for an important possession.
4_ Gather everything you need for the next day–the night before. This includes putting papers in your briefcase, exercise clothes in the gym bag, plus the book you’re returning to a friend at work.
5_ Convince everyone in your household to follow these same tips.
Bringing It All Together
Now that you have reviewed this research and some sound tips, take action!
Next, have you recently discovered a productivity tip that works well? If so, thanks in advance for adding a comment in the section below and joining the conversation.
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