Working 8, 10, 12 hours or more in front of a computer screen can take a toll on anyone. That was the case for me. For years, I struggled to keep momentum and productivity up while editing videos. Eventually I made a few changes.
Now, every day, I try to set up as many pins as possible to help my brain churn in an alpha state. Here’s a quick list of things I do. If you give anything a shot, I hope they contribute to a more effective day of progress.
FYI: Most people might find this somewhat repetitive and mundane. For me, the repetitiveness is what makes it easy to be consistent and make steady, trackable progress.
- Work can get tense. The only reason I don’t forget to breathe when the pressure rises is because of one book, “You Are Here”. A quick page before go-time is all it takes.
- What’s better than the sound of a fountain running while birds chirp in the distance? If you don’t have the real thing try the Noisli App—it’s awesome.
- To further reduce stress and boost focus: baroque music. Just a touch in the background starts a nice rhythm of brainwaves getting closer to alpha. For ambient vibes, give Marconi Union or Liquid Mind a shot.
- There’s nothing that throws off my focus quite like sugar. I do my best to avoid it. Avocados keep me zoned in like a champ. On-the-go my new favorite is the Keto Brick.
- Sunlight can make digital productivity difficult. I find drawing window shades and avoiding super bright light helps a whole lot.
- At the start of eye strain or when my head feels like it’s being squeezed into a Honda Civic’s glove compartment, I use Advanced Eye Armor to reset and power through the rest of the day.
- Laughing makes life better. I get a kick out of watching funny a clip or two and chuckling like an idiot. Lighten the day and don’t forget to inject a quick minute of belly laughter.
Again, this might seem short. I know you're busy. If you have questions or want to go back and forth on a point or two, feel free to shoot me an email, text or dm (info below). Also, hit me with your feedback on quick blurbs like this. It means a lot and helps improve the format of content we create. Thanks a million!