Your brain is always working overtime to make it through your long and never ending list of things to do. You may not realize it but it may be time to give it some rest. You may be losing the ability to concentrate and there may be an increase in simple mistakes. These are warning signals that the brain has had too much. Actually backing off a bit and can help increase productivity and be more productive and prevent you from becoming a victim to mental fatigue. If you think you may be mentally fatigued, follow these tips to help combat it.
Put a Full Stop to Low Yield activities
Sometimes you may have to be ruthless about allocating your time. Don’t spend time moving mindlessly from task to task. Focus on activities that will grow your business. Don’t waste hours reading useless emails and Facebook updates. Schedule these activities to a certain time and then move on to other activities. Keep away from acquaintances who want to just waste time over coffee. Instead spend quality time strengthening bonds with family, friends and associates. Fuel your mind, fill your heart you will feel and be richer and more energized and increase productivity .
Apply the Time Box Technique to Tasks
This is a unique way to compartmentalize your tasks in small business management. This method forces you to finish the task in a set time frame and limits you from the risk of taking much more time for tasks than they are really worth. It counteracts the perfectionist approach on the wrong tasks and helps you do the best job you can with increased productivity and within a set time.
Increase Focus with Soothing Music
Research in neuroscience has revealed that selected type of music actually focuses the concentration and also keeps one in the concentration flow. It is supposed to work in the background and and subtly soothe your brain, the limbic system which is always on the alert for emotion, behaviors, motivation and olfactory signals ie, danger food, and sensual joy. By being focused you can increase your productivity and get more done in a shorter time and have more free time. This reduces chances of mental fatigue
Don’t Strain Your eyes.
Staring non stop at the computer for long periods of time, while you work, can bring on eye fatigue. This is tiring and gets you unfocused. But luckily there are many ways to avoid this. You can lower brightness of your monitor and your risk of eye strain drops by half. Once in a while look away from the screen and focus on distant objects or look out of the window. You tend to feel less fatigued.
Don your Running Shoes
A bout of exercise has often proved effective in reducing mental fatigue and making you fit for increased productivity. Research has actually shown that even athletic performance is better when mental a physical fatigue is reduced. So if it works for athletes it will work for you too . So don your sneakers.
Get enough Sleep
It’s time to earn back your lost sleep. Make it a practice to go to bed when you’re tired and give your body the rest it needs so you can stop mental fatigue in its tracks.
Our body and brain send us clear signals when fatigue is setting in. Counteracting the fatigue, with planned work schedules, relaxation, rest, exercise and healthy sleep will enable you to prevent mental fatigue, increase productivity and make you more efficient.