Thanks to science, we’ve been able to change the old notion that we are stuck with the brain we are born with. We have managed to replace the idea that we must be born smart to be smart. Science has discovered that being smart can be a personal choice! The percentage of our brain that we use daily determines how well we think, how we respond to challenges, our workplace productivity, and ultimately how successful we become.
Unfortunately, we often don’t use much of the brain. More than once I’ve heard people say, “I wasn’t thinking.” Then they messed up something really important because of not engaging their brain fully.
From corporate meetings to overall idea generation, copywriting to crunching numbers, there’s always a situation where more focus and improved cognitive ability would prove beneficial in boosting our workplace productivity. More brainpower can be a lifesaver!
It would let us get more work done in less time. It would allow us to come up with exceptional solutions to problems that we might otherwise not be able to solve.
The good news is that all this is doable. Let me put it plainly: our brain is a muscle. With exercise, it can change and develop in complexity. A more developed brain is capable of doing more. More brainpower equals more workplace productivity and more success overall.
On the other hand, if we don’t exercise our brains, then just like our other muscles, it will wear out and become less capable.
This is indeed the case with a lot of people. They do the same job every day, follow the same routine every day, hang around the same people every day, and think the same things every day.
Such habits inherently make the brain become lazier. In fact, routine habits kill creativity and stop us from exploring more parts of our brain.
We tend to want to shy away from tasks that seem challenging, not knowing that challenges exercise our brains. We’ll never know how much we can achieve until we take up the challenge.
Let’s explore five things that might be killing our cognitive ability at work.
1. Approaching tasks the same way every day.
We often stimulate our brains whenever we experience something new. Following a routine, on the other hand, takes little brain effort. The brain simply follows a program that’s already there without exerting new energy. And our brains love that a lot.
If we’ve used a particular path for a while, and we lose our sight, we’ll still be able to take that path without much help.
It’s only by trying out new things that we help our brain structure to change. And by changing and forming new neural pathways, our overall intelligence levels go up. This way, keeping our brain exercised will make it ready to take on challenges that come up, increasing our workplace productivity potential and chances for success.
2. Eating unhealthy.
Our diets have an immense impact on our brain function and cognitive ability. More than 20% of all the nutrients and oxygen we consume go to the brain. Less-healthy foods inhibit our brain function.
Some of the healthy food items we need to comprise a central part of our diet include fresh fruits and vegetables as well as plenty of omega-3 oils found in salmon, herring, and other oily fish.
So let’s be sure to feed ourselves the good stuff, and our brains will thank us in major ways!
3. Not exercising regularly.
Regular exercise passes the benefit to the brain. It greatly increases brainpower, particularly by enhancing neurogenesis, the development, and growth of nerve tissue. Put simply, each time we exercise, we create new brain cells.
4. Insufficient sleep.
Sleep is by far the most effective way to detox the brain. Each time we work, we exhaust our brain. It needs to rest, and there’s no better way to do that in an unregulated environment than by sleeping.
It’s during sleep that our body regenerates its cells and removes all the toxins that have progressively built up during the day. Let’s get to bed early enough and be sure to get at least six hours of sleep. This will surely enhance our workplace productivity!
5. Skipping meditation.
Yoga and flotation tanks are pertinent topics in the entrepreneurship world right now. These are techniques that improve meditation to heights that are not achievable under normal circumstances. But they aren’t the only ways to meditate.
The fact that they are taking the business world by storm is evidence that there’s great benefit in meditation; that’s hard to argue with.
Not only does the practice reduce our stress levels, but it also can ward off age-related disorders including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
We don’t need any special skills to meditate. Just take a mere 10 to 15 minutes away from the day’s routine to practice meditation. That could help improve our brain power and enhance our workplace productivity by reducing our stress levels.
A walk around the park or down a garden or any other form of getting in touch with nature will just nail it for us!
Unleashing our brain power is essentially about good habits. If we’re sure to take time to build the habits that build a productive brain, we’ll be well on our way to a productive, successful workplace and life overall!
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