The simple solution to increasing your productivity

After explaining to a colleague today what it is that we do at Next Evolution Performance, he asked if I’d watched the TV series Billions. I’ve heard of it, but never watched an episode. Neither had he, it turns out, but the purpose of him asking me was what we were both more interested in.

Apparently the show follows the life of a highly successful hedge fund manager who decides to do a ‘180’ and change everything he did in life. For example, he didn’t exercise so he went head-first into a full fitness program; he was never at home so he started spending more time with his family etc. You get the picture.

The 180° mindset shift

Why this was so interesting to us both was what it meant for the individual overall. We often place so much pressure on ourselves to be a certain type of person who produces a certain amount of work over a certain amount of time and earns a certain amount of wealth. We see burnout and exhaustion constantly in our travels and quite often it’s driven from individuals feeling the need to justify their existence. Face time doesn’t equal productivity, but it would seem this is what drives the majority of people these days.

Quite often it is the small changes that make the biggest impact on our overall productivity and energy. A simple 10min walk around the block not only rejuvenates the body but re-oxygenates the brain also. Fresh air helps you to think better and increases your energy level. Your brain needs twenty percent of your body’s oxygen. More oxygen brings greater clarity to the brain, improves your concentration, helps you to think more clearly and has a positive effect on your energy level.

This simple act can rejuvenate you for another hour or so, increasing your productivity and decreasing the drain on your energy levels. Imagine how it would feel if you had an extra hour of productive time throughout the day simply from going for a 10min walk? Most often we tell ourselves we are too busy to walk away from the task at hand, when in actual fact the task itself could be slowing us down.

I’m now really interested in watching Billions just to see if they show any lifestyle and productivity benefits it brings to the main character!


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