Mental Fatigue is a reality of modern day office Live. If you live in a city and work in a normal office, chances are you have dealt or will deal with Mental Fatigue.
After some research and long debate with clients, friends and professionals we have agreed on 7 strategies to beat this ailment.
1- Body Balance
Start the day with a good breakfast, “pick up the apple instead of the candy bar, get to bed at a decent hour and when you’re stressed remember, “This too shall pass.””
A recent research has demonstrated that we don’t drink enough water and this seriously affects our energy level. The same applies to exercise, it is a strong booster for a fast recovery.
2- Choose wisely your activities
Instead of mindlessly moving from one task to the next, try to focus on the ones that really matter. Reduce your social media time and the time you spend replying to emails that do not contribute directly to the growth of your business.
Try to schedule timed breaks so that you can relax your mind and get you focus on the tasks that really matter. Make your meetings count. There are often people who have time to waste and want to waste it with you. “Do what fuels your mind and fills your heart. If you rescue wasted time consistently over the course of a year, you'll be richer for it and will feel more energized”.
Focus@Will has investigated and reached the conclusion that “ most people can only concentrate for about 100 continuous minutes” This company provides a service that “works in the background by subtly soothing the part of your brain, the limbic system, that's always on the lookout for danger, food, sex or shiny things." By staying focused you can get more done and free more time and reduce your chance of Mental Fatigue. Solutions such as Performetric can help you manage these sprints so you can get more performance for longer time and in the end, feel better and less tired.
4- Single task
Multi-Task has been a myth of recent years that gives us the idea that we do more in less time. Recent research has shown that monotasking sequentially reduces the probability of error as well as the time needed for each task.
5- Move your eyes and your body
While on the computer work smarter not harder and be kind to your eyes. Every once in a while, look away from the monitor and whenever possible stretch out and stand up. It will do wonders for blood circulation and your state of mind.
6- Rest, sleep and do nothing
“Sleep debt is the difference between the amount of sleep you should be getting and the amount you actually get. It's not uncommon for professionals to miss several hours of sleep for a few days in a row. This is a sure-fire way to invite mental fatigue.” When you try to refresh your mind and get a new look out on a task it does help a lot to step back. Idleness is critical for a creative mind and helps regain brain stamina. Just a note: surfing the web or your favorite social media is not idleness.
7- Plan Ahead
Make a few decisions before you have a big day so that you can reduce the exertion of planning and doing. If you can focus only on the tasks you will be surely more productive and reduce the chance of Mental Fatigue.
"The energy of the mind is the essence of life," Aristotle said. Energy is everything. Mental fatigue saps us of our most precious life energy