Apple Event Tomorrow

I know this isn’t my usual content, however being a part of my life does make it relevant. I work in tech and therefor the new iPhone announcement (and the other new Apple products) is a very significant time of the year. Everybody get ready, it’s time to find out what the new iPhone is all about!

AM

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You Need Time for Yourself

Yes,  that’s right, you need to make sure you have time to focus on yourself.  Something we surely hear all the time, but why?  In this context I don’t mean personal development time in the knowledge and business sense either.  In this particular context I’m talking about health and fitness and how it affects your overall capacity to be successful.

You might think that health and fitness have no impact on your work life, but you’re wrong.  Important factors like your diet, exercise, and sleep all play HUGE factors on your work life.  How you ask?  Read on to find out.

Let’s start with the obvious one, Sleep.  The average Adult needs 7-8 hours of sleep a night, but let’s be honest, we don’t always get 7-8 hours of sleep, I know I didn’t used to.  I used to do  what many of you do, survive on 5-6, maybe 6 1/2 hours of sleep if I was lucky.  Then we spend the day drinking coffee and other caffeinated drinks to keep us going at our best, or what we believe is our best.  First of all, you probably aren’t performing at your true best if you’re jacked up on caffeine and sleep deprived, but this also mkaes us substantially more likely to burn out.  Since I started getting 7-8 hours of sleep at night, I feel substantially more productive all day!  I definitely didn’t give up the coffee as a pick me up in the morning, but with the extra sleep, I’m not crashing mid day and finding myself exhausted by the time I get home from work.  I have the energy to cook a healthy dinner and even say, read a book or some business news to keep myself learning new things everyday.

Diet is another important factor that contributes to your energy levels and overall feeling of wellbeing.  Have you ever gone out to have a double cheeseburger and fries with a milkshake and NOT felt weighed down and lethargic after?  Probably not, these foods release chemicals in our brains that make us feel good while we eat them, thus making them comfort foods.  These comfort foods may help make a rough day a little easier while you’re eating your lunch, but you probably feel rundown and lethargic by the time you’re midway through your afternoon.  So tell me this, does that comfort food really help you feel better?

Lastly exercise, whether it be strength training in a gym, a group class, some yoga, or a brisk walk around the block at night, exercise is important to the way you feel day to day.  Not only does it release chemicals in the brain that promote a feeling of happiness, but it also helps you both relieve stress and feel like you’ve accomplished something with your time!  We all know that feeling of accomplishment after a workout, whether the last time we experienced it was yesterday or a decade ago, it’s a good feeling.

The moral of the story is all 3 of these factors have an impact on your life at home, in the office, and in everything else you do.  If you choose to make healthier decisions, you’ll be more capable of peak performance.

Until Next Time…

AM

Long Weekend Rest

As the long weekend comes to a close, I look back at the adventures and relaxation of the weekend and see how it will benefit me going into a busy month at work.  This weekend was full of activity, yet I was able to disconnect and relax.

First off, the weekend held the occurence of my 23rd birthday, not a big deal to me, but a great opportunity to spend time with friends face to face, and catch up with people I don’t see as often as I would like.  With everybody there face to face, it allowed me to disconnect and not spend my time staring at a screen as I tend to in my day to day life.

I managed to get out and enjoy some activities in the community as well, from the Night market in Richmond, sampling flavors from around the world, to a nice local hike for some exercise, and to see the beauty my community has to offer.  These activities allowed for really getting my mind off of work for a change and allowed me to shift gears and truly let my brain have some time off from work.  It’s rare for me to have a good amount of time not thinking about work in some capacity, but I can truly say that this weekend was truly very relaxing, and something I definitely needed.

With the rest and relaxation of this long weekend, I feel primed and ready to tackle the busy month ahead of me, and be my best self everyday, not only for myself, but for everyone that counts on me day to day.

Until next time…

AM

Dreams

Dreams.   What are they?  Why do we have them?  Why are they important?   And before you think that, no i don’t mean the proverbial movies running through your mind while you’re sleeping.  What I mean by dreams are aspirations.  What you aspire to in life, where you see yourself in X number of years.  What do you dream to be “when you grow up”?  What makes you tick?  What’s the end game?

This is something that may not be the same answer every day, I mean dreams change.  This all boils down to clarity at the end of the day.  I have always known what my end game is, but where I got confused, and still get confused is determining the steps required to reach that end goal.   This is what you really have to figure out to get the most out of yourself.

Some dream of a family with a white picket fence.  Some dream of a massive house and a fancy car.  Some have lower aspirations and simply dream of being happy.  Whatever you dream of, figuring out the first step to actively move yourself closer to achieving that goal is the most important thing you can do now to set yourself up for your ideal of success.

More to come.

AM