Whether you’re an executive in the C-suite, a seasoned professional, or an entry-level employee at your first company, it’s natural to wonder about how you can improve your performance. These three strategies can help.
Get Enough Sleep
Performing well is difficult if you don’t get enough sleep. According to WebMD’s Camille Peri, a lack of sleep can damage concentration, make your reactions slower, and hamper your ability to make decisions. It also negatively affects memory. Sleep is essential for avoiding those negative effects.
But how much sleep do you need? The CDC recommends at least seven hours per night for adults, so try shooting for that benchmark and adjusting as needed.
You may also need to adjust your sleep and bedroom habits. For example, if you find yourself staying up late watching TV in bed, it may be worth your while to move the TV out of the bedroom.
Practice Effective Breathing and Reframing
If you’re stressed at work, your breath may reflect it. Short, shallow breaths, for example, are a common reaction to stress, but they probably won’t help you calm down, let alone perform better. In fact, shallow breathing actively harms your performance: Health blogger Seraine Page writes that shallow breathing can make you feel “less alert” and fatigued while damaging your ability to think.
Focus on taking deep, full breaths. Additionally, reframing whatever is stressing you out may help your performance. For example, if you’re stressed about an important presentation, reframe that as a positive sign that you’re passionate about the presentation’s subject matter.
Picture the Results
Before a big event or even just a normal workday, it won’t do you any good to picture all the ways things might go wrong. Instead, try picturing the result you hope to achieve. Keeping your mind focused on a positive goal instead of dwelling on negative possibilities is a surefire way to help your performance—and your mood, to boot.
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