Our final #WednesdayWisdom #GOMonth piece is about helping your brain to think differently and to get into habits that will help you be more organised on a longer term basis rather than just for January.
Our first recommendation is to get enough sleep. Most experts recommend 7-8 hours as being optimal but, as with all things, there are people for whom more or less is the perfect amount. You’ll know what is ideal for you so try to organise your schedule so you have the opportunity to sleep that amount. Sleep is important for the brain; even small amounts of sleep deprivation can lead to dips in concentration and can affect your performance.
Our next tip is going to sound like heresy to the multi-tasking warriors out there and that is to focus on one task at a time. Flitting between multiple tasks does nothing but slow your brain down and can cloud your judgment; especially on critical issues. Recent studies have shown that trying to do two or more things at once can release the stress hormone cortisol in the brain which, in turn, can impact your ability to concentrate and make decisions.
Our next tip may also sound counter-intuitive if you’re really busy, or have a deadline looming, but taking a break can make you more productive. 5-10 minutes away from your desk every so often will allow you to gather your thoughts, refresh yourself, and return to the task in hand feeling more energised.
We’ve spent January encouraging you to get organised and we know a reminder can be a spur to do something. However, it’s important not to be a one-day warrior when it comes to being organised. Some people leave it to the last moment on a Friday afternoon to tidy up and organise themselves for the weekend’s performances. This creates a ‘black hole’ point which can distract you more and more as the week progresses, Try to get ahead of things; little and often is better than spending ages all at once and, possibly, finishing up panicking on gig day.
Finally, if possible buddy up. You’ll find it more rewarding – not to mention time seeming to pass quicker – if you’re working with someone to sort things out.