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4 Ways to Retrain Your Brain to Be Smarter, Happier, and Healthier

Source | Inc.com  |  BY:Julian Hayes II, Founder, The Art of Fitness & Life

 

A lot of people may assume the secret to success and becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, or Richard Branson requires starting a specific productivity hack. But that is the furthest thing from the truth.

If you dig a little deeper, you’ll learn that the commonality of the top leaders and innovators in the world is their control of their internal world. Specifically, they’re mindful and proactive with their day rather than following random thoughts and playing catch up to the day.

Mindfulness is most often presented through the lens of developing a meditation practice. The benefits of meditation for CEOs are proven.

But you can’t meditate all day. After all, there’s work waiting to be completed. While that is the case, you can easily practice the art of being mindful throughout your day and thus retrain your brain to become smarter, happier, and healthier through these four simple steps.

1. Set hourly reminders to stop and observe

During the day, it’s easy to get lost with your assortment of tasks, develop shallow breathing patterns, and allow your mind to drift in numerous directions. None of this serves your health or performance in the present moment.

These wandering thoughts can lead to unnecessary worrying, self-doubt about your abilities, and poor decisions, such as forgoing a healthy lunch for a quick, convenient, and most likely unhealthy snack.

To help center your focus, awareness, and sanity, set reminders every hour. This allows you to briefly stop what you’re doing and observe what you’re thinking and feeling in this moment.

2. Don’t multitask with food or drink

Multitasking is the archenemy of focus and productivity because your attention and thoughts scatter.

Studies indicate that when people divide their attention and multitask, you can expect a 40 percent drop in productivity along with a 10 percent dip in your IQ and increased stress. While multitasking is mainly viewed through the lens of a professional environment, it also plays a role in your nutrition.

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