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Stress is unavoidable, but we can create systems to decrease its influence over our capacity to work. These systems vary from person to person but they often include meditation, aerobic exercise (i.e. running, cycling, walking), surrounding yourself in nature, and eating healthfully.
When you know an upcoming project will generate stress, anticipate scheduling periods into your work plan to participate in the stress management activities that work for you.
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To manage stress from whatever you’re working on, set specific deadlines for each step of your project. This will create a system for your project, which will deal with some of the common uncertainties that are associated with doing something hard or outside of your comfort zone.
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When we react to every little thing that comes up at work, we lose focus and attention.
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Writing your ideas and meditating on them is important so you don’t commit to a flawed idea for lack of thought. It’s also good to give yourself some time and do other things as our brains often come up with alternative solutions when we are working in unrelated tests.
Set up a system where you focus on a specific project intensely for 25 minutes at a time, followed by a 5 minute break. Repeat this process 3–4 times and then take an extended break for about 10–15 minutes.
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You need to feed your brain proper stimuli in order to counter degeneration. An active cognitive lifestyle requires continually feeding your brain activities that are intensive, repetitive, and progressively challenging.
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Implementing activities into your daily life such as reading fiction, writing in different tones and styles, and even participating in arts and crafts can foster creativity.
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“People have become a slave to technology such that they allow it to control their awareness. As soon as a notification beeps, one reaches out to check it. If you practice this kind of a behaviour all day, you are just practising distraction."
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Remember you master what you practice. Why are we so good at distraction? It's because we "practice distraction." So take these small action plans today and let's break this habit of distraction together!
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 really helps you concentrate.
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