Multitasking Made Simple

Multitasking Made Simple

Feeling overwhelmed? Feel like you have a million things to do and don’t know where to begin? Ever find yourself working on a project, and no matter how fun or how passionate you feel about it, you get to a point where your eyes glaze over, your brain fries, and a nap sounds like the greatest thing in the world? Don’t do it!stick figures overwhelmed

The fact of the matter is after a certain amount of time your brain habituates and actually tires from repeated behavior. When exposed to loud music, for instance, after a period of time, it doesn’t seem so loud anymore. After staring at a waterfall, your sensory neurons will actually tire, and any stationary object you look at thereafter will appear to be moving the opposite direction. Musicians who practice too long will actually start making mistakes due to an abundance of neural development that overlaps in the brain. OK, dendrites turn me on, but the actual point of this is, if you tire from doing the same task for too long, it’s not your fault! No matter how exhilarating the task was at the beginning, you were not made to stare at a computer screen for hours on end! Nor do any other task for hours on end!

To add to all this fun, have you ever been working on one task, and at the back of your mind you are thinking about all the other things you have to complete? You may find it hard to focus on the task at hand, when there is so much uncertainty about when or IF all the other things will get done.

So what do you do? Here is a trick I love when my TO DO list grows gigundo and I don’t know where to begin.

You make a Power 20 List! Take 4 projects and write them down, no matter how big or small they may be.

Task 1
Task 2
Task 3
Task 4
Break for 5

Now rotate them! Start with Task 1 and work on it for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes has passed, switch to Task 2. After 20 minutes has passed, switch to Task 3. Can you guess what’s next? After Task 4, take a 5 minute break. Some ideas for your break are to stretch, drink water or tea, dance around to a favorite song, or meditate.

Another helpful hint is to vary the nature of the tasks. Maybe one is on your computer, another is organizational, another involves communicating with people, etc. By varying your projects you allow your brain to be stimulated in a new way every 20 minutes.  Additionally, it helps clear up a lot of “Ah man… I really should be working on _____” thoughts. When you have a plan in place to work on other projects at designated times, it allows you the peace of mind to know there is a plan in place to conquer them, and in the present moment you can fully devote yourself to your task at hand. You may find your productivity for each task actually goes up.

Do I think you should go about your day as a rotational nut? No, I’ll admit that some tasks are better suited sustained more than 20 minutes. But I urge you to give it a try and let me know how it goes! Happy Power 20 to you!

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My 5 Blissful Tricks to Sleeping Better…

My 5 Blissful Tricks to Sleeping Better…

I love to sleep, probably as much as I love to eat, sing, and do crossword puzzles.

They say we are supposed to sleep an average of 7-8 hours a night, but did you know you can actually develop a sleep debt over time?  Your body actually keeps an account of those power-4-hours and nights of tossing and turning, and won’t relent until you make them up. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an excuse to sleep in to 1pm, but it IS a red flag that you may be sleep deprived, and may want to reconsider getting to bed at an earlier hour, and in artful way.

Did I just say artful? YES. There is an ART to sleeping, believe it or not.Beautiful woman sleeping in white bed

And by mastering sleeping, you might just be blown away at what it does for your health, your mood, your skin, your energy, your memory, and your waistline. Catching up with sleep on the weekends can be great, but why not be a little more ALIVE right now?

Your body repairs and restores itself at night and the more time and higher quality the sleep, the better you can recover from a mentallly and physically demanding day! Wouldn’t it be great to feel rejuvenated each day, with your energy, memory, and mood on-point? Get some consistent, artful sleep and see what it does for you. How do you sleep more artfully? Here are:

My 5 Tricks to More Blissful Sleep…

  1. Go to bed at the same time each night: Your body works in cycles called circadian rhythms that repeat themselves every 24 hours, taking cues from various external cues, like light and the activity you engage yourself in. This means that evolution has primed our bodies to repeat patterns (like going to sleep!) every 24 hours. By going to bed at the same time each night you are training your body to repeat that cycle of falling asleep at said time each night. Practice makes perfect, and through repeating good habits you can become quite the adept sleeper.
  2. Make it dark as possible in your room: You know that alarm clock, cell phone, glow in the dark stars (for those of you who grew up in the 90s), and TV light shining back at you? As tiny as they may be, they may actually be disturbing your sleep. Try covering up these lights as much as possible when you go to snooze, keep dark curtains over your windows if the street lights are shining in, and when all else fails try a sleep mask. You want your room pitch black.
  3. Keep your surroundings dimly lit before you head to bed: Do you watch television, play on your phone before you go to bed? That’s cool. Just know that it may contribute to you not being able to fall asleep as easily. Those bright lights are confusing for your body, who still thinks it’s daytime. This also goes for all of you who keep your overhead lights bright until it’s time for “lights out.” Think about how the sun sets. Is it a gradual process or does it just drop from the sky (please say it doesn’t)? Try dimming your lights in the evening hours, or use a lamp before you go to bed.
  4. Don’t eat within 3 hours of laying down: By putting food in your body late at night, you are essentially feeding your body energy. When you try to fall asleep your body says, “HEY what are you doing!? I have all this energy! I’m ready to go!” Not to mention, once you do fall asleep your body functions slow down, including digestion. Your digestive track might say something like, “I’m tired. I’m just going to store all this excess food in your belly. He he he…” If you are near death famished, have a piece of fruit. Fruit when eaten by itself can digest in as short as 30 minutes!
  5. Avoid drinking water late at night: A lot of times people will tell me they sleep well, but when I ask if they ever get up in the middle of the night, they say “Yes, of course! To pee!” Well guess what? That quick trip to the bathroom is interrupting your sleep schedule and may be disturbing your sleep more than you realize. Not to mention the bright light from the bathroom throwing your body for a loop. “Sun? Is that you?” Try drinking more water earlier in the day, and putting a dim nightlight in your bathroom in case it’s the middle of the night and you just gotta goooo!
  6. Fill in nutritional gaps: Magnesium is one of the most common mineral deficiencies, and can lead to cravings and muscle cramps. By taking magnesium isotonically before you go to bed each night you’ll allow your body to relax and drift off into a sleepy mode. I take this Magnesium along with Bliss, a combination of calming herbs, each night before I go to sleep. What about melatonin? Save it for times when you need to get your sleep cycles back on track (flying to a different time zone would be a good call for this). You don’t want your body to become reliant on it, but every once in a while it’s okay. Try PRIME dreamz to get your sleep cycle back on track.

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