Whether you’re looking for more brain power in the run up to exams or want to stay sharp in your next meeting, following these tips to boost brain power can really pay off.
Master your Schedule
Creating a schedule is crucial to being productive and efficient when working from home or studying for exams. On Sunday evening, sit down and consider the coming week to schedule important tasks, classes/meetings, projects or deadlines. This will help lay out your schedule for the week ahead based on importance. At the end of each day, write down your to-do list for the following day. This way you can get straight down to business and not waste any time.
Create a great study space
Organise a space in your home that screams productivity. Make sure you have all the necessary equipment and work accessories while being away from areas associated with relaxation e.g., TV, your bed, etc. Remove all distractions such as video games, access to social media, your phone and junk food.
Fill up on brain foods
Having balanced meals and snacks spaced evenly throughout the day will help you feel alert and stable – and less susceptible to compulsive snacking. Aim for a combination of protein (eggs, lean meat, greek yoghurt, beans, pulses), healthy fats (avocado, oily fish, nuts, seeds, olive oil), and fibre (wholegrains, vegetables, berries). Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids e.g., water, herbal teas, kombucha, smoothies.
Fuel your brain with omega-3
Omega-3 DHA is vital for healthy brain function. It plays crucial roles in the structural integrity of brain cells to support memory, focus and concentration. As our body can’t produce Omega-3s, they must be obtained through diet (oily fish, seeds, nuts) or supplementation. Without these important fats, it can become difficult for adults or teens to concentrate, learn new information, and balance their moods properly. Surprisingly, IPSOS found that 89% of Irish people are not consuming sufficient oily fish (2-3 portions a week) in their diet. Fish oil supplements are therefore key to make sure you get enough. Check out our blog post on getting enough omega-3.
Being held accountable is an important part of keeping on track. Whether it’s handing in an assignment to your teacher on time or teaming up with a study buddy/ group who share similar goals/tasks. You’ll be more prepared and stay focused if you know your buddy/ group is counting on you.
Identify your preferred style of studying
We all learn differently and have our own style of studying. No two people are exactly the same when it comes to study preferences. To get the most out of your studying, it’s important to better understand what works for you, and what doesn’t. Using visuals, acronyms, writing flash cards, repetition, recording and learning via teaching are some common ways to memorize material. Choosing methods that best suit your study style will help maximise your brain power.
Limit phone use
Only check your phone at certain times in the day. So much productivity is lost to scrolling through social media or mindlessly following Twitter hashtags. It’s important to remember, there is no end to your social media feed, so it’s up to you to discipline yourself! There are plenty of apps available to help reduce distractions – check out Forest, Freedom or Serene.
Studying from home can really reduce your steps, so make sure you include exercise slots in your weekly schedule. Try to include some outdoor activity, stretching and a cardio workout to get your heart pumping. Whether it’s a dance class, exercise class, weights class, boxing class – as Nike says… Just Do It!
Get your zzzz’s
Making sure you’re getting good quality sleep is fundamental if you want to boost your productivity when working from home. It’s a good idea to have a set bedtime during the work week. Switch off all technology an hour before bed and create an ambience of calm in your surroundings to get you in a restful state. Follow our tips for a good night sleep.
Be positive and de-stress
Try to remain in a positive frame of mind by using mantras, motivational quotes on post-its, or surrounding yourself with friends and family who lift you to greater heights. Keep stress to a minimum by getting enough sleep, exercising daily and using techniques such as mindfulness, yoga, or pilates. Feeling overwhelmed? Try the app Headspace – which will teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.
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