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How To Make Your Weekends More Productive

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When most people think of the weekend they think of a time to sleep in, relax and switch off their brain until Monday comes around. Do you ever wake up on Monday’s wishing that you had been more productive over the weekend? I want to share with you six simple tips how you can be more productive at the weekend and still feel totally rested.

1. Review The Previous Week and Plan Ahead

If you have not started using a daily journal by now, I highly recommend you do so as soon as possible. This can be a real life changing productive habit to start. I personally use the Five Minute journal as a part of my morning routine. I also use a simple lined notebook to write down my goals, thoughts, ideas and my to-do lists. Over the weekend take just a few minutes to review your previous week. Did you read your goals every day? Did you get enough exercise? Did you meditate? Did you spend enough time with your family? Did read every day? Did you complete all of your tasks for the week? What areas will you need to improve in the week ahead? This valuable time spent reviewing the previous week is a great way to see just how much you have accomplished. It is very important that during your weekly review you do not beat yourself up, instead, recognize what changes need to be made so that you will get back on track in the coming week.

It is also good idea to spend a few minutes on Sunday evening to plan the week ahead. Everything from planning your lunches that you will bring to work, what clothes you are going to wear to are all of your exercise clothes clean and ready for during the week? Use this time on Sunday evening to read your list of exciting short, medium and long term goals. This is assuming that you have taken the time to write them out! If not, the weekend is a great time to write out a list of your goals for the future. Once you get into the productive weekend habit of reviewing and planning, you will get more things done and you will keep on track with your tasks and exciting goals.

 

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2. Get Moving

If your idea of exercise at the weekend is switching on the TV and spending a marathon session watching the latest series on Netflix, you might need to make some changes. While I enjoy chilling out and watching a good documentary or thriller as much as the next person, I make sure that I make exercise and being active a priority at the weekend. Get into the productive habit of going for a walk or a run and get some fresh air into your lungs. Being more active at the weekend is a great way to get the heart pumping, the muscles working and feel great at the same time. Perhaps get into the habit at the weekends to join a Yoga class or spend a few minutes stretching to improve your flexibility.

I have a small exercise area set up in a spare room with dumbbells, floor mat and an exercise bench. Thirty or forty minutes of resistance training, planks and sit-ups instantly makes me feel better about myself and keeps me in shape at the same time. You can always follow a fitness or yoga video on YouTube in the comfort of your own home if you wish. The main thing is that you make exercise a habit at the weekend.

3. Have Some Fun

Is having fun being productive? I believe yes, it is! Anything that makes you feel good, puts a smile on your face and makes you feel more positive is productive. Life can be quite serious sometimes, so it is always good to kick back from time to time and have some fun. Use the weekends to catch up with friends who make you laugh out loud and make you feel great about yourself. You can always watch a feel good movie or TV show with a friend or partner (just don’t binge watch). Think about what you have fun doing, and do it at the weekend!

 

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4. Catch Up On Your Sleep

I totally believe in getting up early during the week and starting off each day with a productive routine. I never set the alarm at the weekends, instead I try to stay in bed and rest for as long that I feel is necessary. I’m not one for staying in bed all day at the weekend, but if you feel that your body needs it, go ahead and make yourself cozy. A few extra hours under the sheets won’t do you any harm. The weekend is a great time to re-charge your batteries and rest your body. Going through the week tired and feeling exhausted will not help your productivity. Make the most of the weekend to catch up on your sleep and to get enough rest that will have you jumping out of bed on Monday morning ready for the week ahead.

 

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5. Treat Yourself

There are many ways that you can treat yourself at the weekend. Everything from having a nice meal at home or in your favorite restaurant, treating yourself to a relaxing body massage, soaking yourself in a nice warm bath to simply giving yourself a face mask at home are some great ways you can treat yourself. Using the weekend to threat yourself to some valuable me-time is a great way to feel great about yourself and more importantly to help you feel totally relaxed and rejuvenated.

 

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6. Put Your Phone Down

OK, before you skip past this tip as an impossibility, please hear me out! Did you know that average American uses their phone at least once every 12 minutes, or over 100 times a day! What is also interesting is that 31% of Americans have a genuine feeling of anxiety if they are separated from their phone. These stats are slightly worrying to say the least. Why not use the weekends to break the habit of checking your phone every few minutes for emails, messages and social media updates. Use the weekends to break the habit of keeping your phone beside you 24/7. Don’t use your phone during meal times or leave it on the table. Try to use the weekends to switch off from your phone for as much as possible, instead pick up a book, have a conversation and start using the weekends to be more positive and productive.

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How Neurobics Can improve Your Memory

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How Neurobics Can improve Your Memory

When you are trying to improve your overall well-being, it is just as important to focus on your mental fitness as well as your physical fitness. Most people have heard of aerobics. Aerobic exercise is a great way to boost your heart rate and burn a few extra calories while improving your heart health. But, have you ever heard of Neurobics? Neurobics is the science behind brain exercise.

Yes, you can exercise your mind and keep it just as fit as your body. But, it is not like your brain is going to do any jumping jacks or jogging any time soon, right? So, what can you do to keep it fit, and how does exercising your brain actually improve your memory?

Let’s dive a little deeper into how Neurobics actually works, and a few exercises you can try to boost your memory and overall brain health.

What Is Neurobics?

When you break Neurobics down, it stands for neurons + aerobics. Neurobic exercises increase the level of oxygen in your brain and “breathe life” into the neurons.

When those neurons are stronger and more stimulated, it improves your brain health – especially your memory. A good way to visualize how Neurobics actually helps is by picturing a piece of glass being blown into a decorative item. The glass maker has to stretch the piece when it is warm and malleable. But, once it is stretched out, it doesn’t spring back to where was before. It stays permanently in place.

Neurobics work the same way. By taking part in an activity or experience that taxes your brain, you are “stretching” the neurons. Once they are stretched, they don’t return to the shape that they were in before. 

That is the point of Neurobics – to challenge your mind in different ways so that it gets stronger. If you are working out your body, doing the exact same exercise the same way each day, it would eventually cause your results to plateau. You have to switch things up to “confuse” your muscles and get them stronger. Working out your brain is just the same. With that in mind, let’s cover a few easy Neurobics exercises that you can start doing right away.

Change Your Habits

One of the easiest (and yet, most challenging) ways to get started with Neurobics is to step out of your daily comfort zone. Some habits can already be detrimental to your memory, and cutting them out of your life will make a difference.

When you stop old habits, you are actually using Neurobics to challenge your brain into different thinking patterns. Some ideas to consider include:

  • Giving up (or at least cutting down) on television
  • Quitting smoking/drinking alcohol
  • Changing your eating habits
  • Exercising more

When you stop doing some of the things that you have grown comfortable with, you require your brain to stretch, adapt and change. As a result, you will start thinking clearer, become more focused, and remember more things.

 

How Neurobics Can improve Your Memory

 

Do Something Different 

Some Neurobic exercises are things that you can do in just a few minutes each day – the equivalent of doing 50 jumping jacks in a five-minute work break. Things like solving a crossword puzzle, writing in a journal or giving yourself a High Five in a mirror can all fire up the neurons in your brain. Even yoga and/or meditation can force you to push away the “cluttered” thoughts that are in your head and require you to focus on one particular thing.

 

How Neurobics Can improve Your Memory

 

Neurobic Experiences 

The places you go and the experiences that you jump into can be considered as Neurobic activities. Anything that challenges your mind and causes you to think differently about something is a great way to stretch your brain.

These could include going to a museum, a zoo, a musical performance, or even different cultural festivals. Allowing yourself to be open to new ideas and experiences is one of the best ways to exercise your brain and improve your memory.

 

How Neurobics Can improve Your Memory

 

Long-Lasting Benefits 

Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do.”

While one of the biggest benefits of Neurobics is improved memory, it is certainly not the only “perk” to this type of mental exercising. Neurobics can also help you to face your fears, live without regrets, and experience a fuller, more meaningful life.

They can give you the courage to take more chances and experience the rewards. They can turn you into a better leader. Most importantly, Neurobics can inspire you by changing the way you see the world around you.

If you are already passionate about your physical health, it could be time to start thinking about your mental fitness, too! Whether you want to improve your memory as you get older or just want to keep your mind as sharp as possible now, trying Neurobics is a great way to “stay in great mental shape”.

Use some of the exercises listed here to get started. You might be surprised by just how quickly your focus and memory will start to improve.

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8 Great Ways To Reward Your Employees

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Employee engagement is more than a current trend – it is something that more businesses across the globe are starting to value for plenty of good reasons. When employees feel happy and appreciated, they are more likely to be productive and loyal to your company.

While basic benefits packages are still important, it is now more important than ever to go above and beyond for the people working for you. Not only can great rewards help you to hire the best talent, but they will also make your business environment a positive one where people will actually enjoy coming to work and do their best.

The great part about rewarding your employees is that you can let your creativity shine. Think about practical, functional rewards that your employees will actually use and appreciate. Then, don’t be afraid to have some fun with your ideas.

Feeling stuck? Not sure where to get started? Let’s cover some great ways to reward your employees.

1. Make Your Gratitude Public 

Sometimes, the simplest gestures can make the biggest difference. If you really want your employees to feel good, make sure everyone knows how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication.

So, thank them publicly. The next time you have a company meeting or public event, carve out some time to thank people individually. Giving them a few moments of attention in a public setting is a great way to show them how much that you appreciate them. After all, who doesn’t like to be complimented?

 

Great Ways To Reward Your Employees

 

2. Give Time Off 

A reward doesn’t have to be something tangible to be valuable. If your employees have been working hard, reward them with some extra time off. It could be a long weekend, a surprise vacation, or even just an afternoon off on a random Tuesday.

If you do decide to reward them with some free time, make sure you let them know how much you appreciate the work that they have been doing. That appreciation, along with getting a break from work, can help them to feel more motivated and productive when they return.

3. The Little Things Count 

You don’t need to go overboard with flashy, expensive rewards. Sometimes, it’s the little things that mean the most. Plus, you will be able to give them more frequently.

Hand out things like gift cards to local coffee shops or movie theaters, or give them something practical like a travel mug or ergonomic desk chair. Small gestures can really mean a lot and your employees will remember and appreciate the gesture.

 

Great Ways To Reward Your Employees

 

4. Build Community Through Food 

Everyone has to eat, but not everyone likes spending money on their lunch or bringing a regular sandwich from home.

One of the easiest ways to reward your employees is to have lunch catered in as often as possible. Not only does it show them how much you appreciate their work, but when everyone eats lunch together, it will build a more positive work environment. Your business benefits all around.

You can take things one step further by making your catered lunches a scheduled event, whether you do it once a week, once a month, etc. It gives people something to look forward to and serves as a constant reminder of your appreciation.

5. Subscription Services 

Subscription services have become more popular than ever in recent years. They really grew during the pandemic, when most people started spending more time at home.

Consider signing your employees up for a subscription service you think they would enjoy. Perhaps give them a list of magazines that they can choose from and give them a years subscription for a job well done.

6. Schedule Company-wide Activities 

Host company parties, picnics, and other fun events as often as possible. Everyone deserves to have fun after working hard, and it is another great opportunity for your employees to get closer, a build a better bond. Company activities can also help to prevent burnout in the workplace.

Make sure to include certain events that can include employees’ family members so everyone can join in the fun and your workers don’t have to be away from their loved ones. Family picnics, movie nights, bowling tournaments, or even a catered dinner are all great ways to make sure everyone is involved.

 

Great Ways To Reward Your Employees

 

7. Extra Responsibility 

While more responsibilities might not seem like a “reward” at first, it is how you present it to an employee that makes a difference.

When you sit down to talk to an employee about increasing their responsibilities, make sure they know why. Talk about how much you trust them and their ability to make decisions on their own. Let them know their value as a part of the company, and you take their career goals as seriously as they do.

8. Give Them A High Five

Giving someone a high five should not be confined just to sports. You have probably seen the viral videos of a teacher giving their students a high five as they enter the classroom. You can feel the positivity, genuine excitement and the wonderful energy from these videos. Research has shown that the biggest difference in whether or not someone will enjoy their job and be more productive, is not the amount of vacation time or their salary package. It is when someone has a manager who cares, appreciates and trusts them and makes them feel that they matter. The next time someone hits a target, makes a sale or gives great customer service why not give them a well deserved high five and see how it makes them feel.

 

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While your employees might not regularly expect rewards, that is half the fun of giving them. Boosting morale, no matter how big or small your business might be, will make a big difference in how productive your workers are. It will shape the environment of your entire company, and the best part? It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to reward people for a job well done. Get creative, get personal, and find unique ways to show your employees how much you appreciate them.

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