Nutritionist and peak performance coach Julie Meek has the following simple tips that will help you to perform at your best.
1. Treat your life like a sprint, not a marathon. Put another way, keep the finish line in sight. Creating short-term, achievable goals helps to give today and tomorrow urgency and meaning.
2. Create cycles of intense effort. Rather than watching the clock for 8 hours divide your day into 90-minute segments. Make it your goal to go all out then have a break. Get up, walk around and reward yourself for a few minutes. Then get back to it for another 90 minutes of intense effort.
3. Get moving. Study after study have shown that people who are active are more productive. In fact, just 20 minutes of exercise every second day halves your chances of developing Alzheimer’s.
4. Take performance enhancing supplements. No, that doesn’t meta contacting the Essendon club doctor but it does mean taking some basic supplements including fish oil tablets (or eating more fish), a probiotic such as Yakult, and — this is my favourite — up to 3-4 cups of brewed coffee per day.
5. Take a break. Whether that’s a physical break such as a weekend off or deliberately quitting a project that’s not working it’s important that you continue to be the person with the hand on the steering wheel of your life.