Feeling like your mind is one giant notepad filled with a bunch of illegible scribbles? You’re not alone.
Information overload is in, well, overload since the coronavirus pandemic hit. Many of us are social distancing, working from home, homeschooling children, wondering how our employees and families are coping and feeling stressed and anxious about day-to-day life.
On top of all this, we are getting so much conflicting information; it’s causing our brains to go haywire, our bodies to feel fatigued and our overall lives to be disorganized.
While we can’t change the virus itself, we can take some simple steps to increase our mental capacity and enhance our brainpower. I like to call it a mental reset, and finding ways to be productive is key.
Wake up 10 to 15 minutes earlier than you normally do. Take that time to calm your brain and your body while it’s still quiet in the house. Find your place of solace and embrace the peace. Do not let your phone or the news be the first thing you see when you open your eyes.
Think of your day like a match. When you strike that match, it lights a fire and then burns down. The beginning of your day is like the match strike. Sitting in the stillness and engaging your breath, heart and mind will catapult you into the rest of your day.
And if something comes into your mind during that time, just write it down and put it to the side. Emptying your mind will help you stay in that peaceful place you created.
Write down a schedule for the week. If a week is too challenging, start with one day.
Reserve your brainpower for things that need you. For example, if you have a work survey that’s due next week but you also need to draft an agenda for tomorrow’s online meeting, today’s not the day for the survey. Deal with the survey tomorrow.
Rest when you can. Your brain needs sleep. Getting enough will help your brain focus and solve problems while you are awake.
Remember: You set the tone for any room and atmosphere you enter. So this week, pause and allow yourself time to mentally reset. By doing so, you will gain clarity and become an even more effective leader.