Do you stumble through your day like a zombie, unable to think or focus? You’re not alone. Many Americans complain of fatigue and focus problems which cut into their productivity.
The good news? It’s possible to sharpen your mind with just a few small adjustments.
Most people don’t get enough sleep, or they don’t get high-quality sleep. If you’re one of them, there’s just no way you’re going to be at your best.
One small action you can take is to charge your phone in a different room overnight. Turn off your alerts. Then you won’t be as tempted to just quickly check your email, or to play a game before you get tired.
See also: Troubleshooting Sleep.
Pay attention to Vitamin B.
Both Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 are crucial to proper brain function. Research even indicates there’s a link between maintaining sufficient levels of B6 and B12 in the body and preventing Alzheimer’s.
Fish like tuna, clams, beef, and sardines are all high in Vitamin B12. B6 is found in lots of different foods, from eggs to soybeans to raisins. Incorporating these foods into your diet should be enough to help, without forcing you to reach for a supplement.
It’s counter-intuitive, but low energy is often a sign you need to exercise. Exercise gets the blood flowing and gets more oxygen to your brain.
So while you might not feel much like doing anything, you might be well-served by taking a ten or fifteen minute walk when you start feeling too sluggish at work. You don’t have to go all out or purchase a gym membership.
Just keep moving.
Finally, you may be having trouble with focus because you’re not focusing! The brain isn’t built for doing multiple things at once. If you’re trying to work, text a friend, and listen to music all at once you won’t find any clarity.
Instead, take a deep breath, turn off your phone, set a timer, and focus on just one task at a time. You’ll find it’s easier to do. You’ll also find you get through it a lot quicker.
There’s a lot to be said for being present in the moment.