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Brain Overload- How We Can Help Our Minds in Busy Times

Our brains are amazing organs that allows us to sort, organise and build information in such a way that makes planning and doing things easy.

However, even this incredible system needs a bit of TLC from time to time. If we don’t give ourselves time to close one box before we open another, then things can get mixed up, misinterpreted and even lost. If this continues, we get caught up in a negative feedback loop; a little bit like venturing further and further into a labyrinth making it harder to find a way out. 

The good news, is that there is a way to look after ourselves and our minds to ensure that we continue to function effectively and efficiently throughout the day. All it takes is some conscious decision making in organising your day. Here are some examples of how you can do this:

  • Don’t schedule back to back meetings - give yourself a wee break between meeting to move from one headspace to another.
  • Tackle big tasks in the morning when your mind is most focused - avoid answering emails, etc until these tasks are done.
  • Aim to have the same breakfast and lunch times everyday and schedule them into your calendar in advance - this is your time to switch off and replenish.
  • Pop in regular times in your calendar to exercise - keeping these times the same each week makes them non-negotiables.

So, what things are you going to do to give your brain a break and to ensure that you finish the year feeling refreshed and efficiently? 

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Inspiration from: This introduction was inspired by the article “Don’t Ask Me…” featured in November’s Good Health Choices magazine. 

CROSSPOST information: This post, by Sarah Whiting, was originally published as part of a uChoose newsletter in October 2017. uChoose is a mentoring and coaching programme offered by CORE Education.

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Comment by Sarah Whiting on November 20, 2017 at 9:57

Thank you Hazel, I love your idea of having a day every 4 weeks where you don't schedule any meeting. This sounds like a great way to give your mind the space to flow in an uninterrupted  manner. 

Comment by Hazel Owen on November 15, 2017 at 20:11

Thanks so much for sharing Sarah. I really enjoyed what you shared here - it all makes so much sense!

I'm trialling the not scheduling back-to-back meetings and am finding some additional benefits, such as time to catch up with people socially after the main might only be 5 extra minutes of chatting, but it's a super way to build relationships. It also means I can grab a coffee and have a comfort break.

The other thing I'm giving a go is having a day a week every 4 weeks without meetings of any kind. So far it is working pretty well, and I find on those days I have the headspace to be creative and innovative. Plus it helps me not to feel as though I always have to have my eye on the clock. Love my calendar alerts, but a day without any is bliss!! :D

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