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Five Ways to Prime Your Brain for Optimal Performance Each Day

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Five Ways to Prime Your Brain for Optimal Performance Each Day
Simple Shifts to Become a Brain Boss. In our hyper-connected world we often find ourselves in a fight for our own attention. When we wake up first thing and the morning and plug in without intention or purposeful aim, the messages we receive can literally hijack our brains, shifting us into a state of chronic stress that clouds our ability to focus on what's most important.

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Movement

Movement

You don't have to do something too intense, just get moving to energize your brain and body.

A regular 20 - 45-minute high-intensity exercise will trigger positive endorphins, spark your metabolism, and build your resilience.

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Motivation

Start your day by thinking who you want to be and what impact you want to have on the world.

To help you reach that state of motivation, read or listen to something inspiring.

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Meditation

Meditation is a way to focus your attention to your internal dialogue and moving it into the direction you desire.

The more you are able to focus your attention where you choose to, the stronger your mental muscle will become.

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Music

Music can be a simple form of meditation. It can direct your attention to a state of your choice if it is calm or exciting.

Schedule music sessions throughout the day to recharge and reset.

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Mirth

Mirth

The experience of cheerfulness is known to reduce stress, improve immune function and increase brainpower.

Find someone to share a funny image or video. Take note when something funny happens during the day and write it down to imprint it into your mind.

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Learn Something New

Even if it is just for 10 minutes before going to bed, you should be learning new stuff every day, a new skill, a new word, a new kind of idea or philosophy. Expose your brain to new frontiers.

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Get More Sleep

Sleep deprivation makes you weak and tired. It has a direct impact on your focus and decision-making, whilst slowly exhausting your source of energy.

Sleep between 7.5 and 8....

Meditate

Meditation improves your attention, focus, self-awareness, and lower your stress levels.

Meditating for even just a few minutes every day will help you to clear your head while activating the areas of your brain related to decision-making and emotions.

Develop Good Habits

When we are stressed, we tend to unconsciously fall back on ingrained habits, whether they are helpful or harmful.

Creating good habits helps you get through stressful situations without affecting your willpower.

Prepare Your Brain

Take a minute or two to sit in a comfortable position and breathe deeply into your stomach.

Let your body calm down before you approach your work. You’ll find it rea...

Where Your Focus Needs To Be

Take the time to identify what deserves your focus for the year, for the month, for the week, and for the day. Then look at your calendar and block time dedicated to focus.

Unplug For 30 Minutes

If you need to focus, log out of email and social media. Log out for 30 minutes either at the beginning of the day or for a period in the afternoon. You won’t believe how much you can get done when you’re not always interrupting yourself to return emails.