We use metrics at work to measure our success, why not measure where we stand in our personal lives too? After all, how we live our lives have a direct effect on our professional lives. It is important to make sure all areas of life are balanced.
Track your weight
Managing your weight fluctuations aren’t just good for your physical health, it can be a good measurement of your stress level and emotional state. People who have steady fluctuations in their weight generally have an underlying issue that must be addressed in order to live a healthy life.
Track your sleep habits
Are you not only getting enough hours of sleep but also the right kind of sleep? Sleep plays and integral role in your success. If you aren’t getting enough hours of quality sleep, you will learn less, remember less, make bad decisions and reduce productivity. The brain is as active when you are sleeping as it is when you are awake. Make sure you are getting your sleep hours in and don’t be afraid to take a power nap during the day. A power nap with sleep time of 10-20 minutes can improve productivity and cognitive performance without giving you a sluggish feeling when you wake up.
While at work, track your activity. Studies show that people who sit eight hours a day are at a 50 percent higher risk for cardiovascular disease than people who stand. People who sit at least 11 hours a day are 40 percent more likely to die in the next three years. These numbers are scary to think about but the good news is that we have control over how much we move around. If you have a job that requires you to sit at a desk for hours on end, make an effort to get up to move around. Take a walk through the office or a stroll down the block. Taking breaks are good for your health and productivity.
Exercise has a vast array of benefits. It is important to get at least 20 minutes of moderate exercise (heart rate within 100-120 beats per minute) for your mind and body. If you can squeeze it in first thing in the morning it will reduce stress levels, increase productivity and improve your mood for the day.
These are all easy to measure and keep track of. Set manageable goals for you to reach each day. Start off setting a goal to take a short break to walk around, or go to bed an hour earlier than normal. These goals are easily attainable and will get you in the habit of tracking your lifestyle habits.
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