It's that time again. The end of the year, the end of the quarter, and the time to finish as strong as you can. In our experience with working with lots executives over the years this is crunch time. It's also a time when many people forget about their own need for recovery. They do this because they think they can get more done and they can always rest over the holiday.
Let me let you in on a little secret. When you ignore your daily oscillation (strategic recovery breaks) you're quality of work goes down. Similarly, your productivity goes down. This means you do stay longer, work harder, spend more energy, and ultimately get less done. Even worse, you end up spending half of your upcoming holiday feeling sick or at best exhausted.
This year why don't you do it differently. First, begin by thinking different. See your recovery as a priority and a "must do" for high performance. Second, plan at least three recovery breaks into your day (one in the morning, one at lunch, and one in the afternoon). Third, make those recovery breaks as efficient and effective as possible. We recommend you remember the acronym PMS (easy to remember :)). This stands for Pee, Move, Snack. If you get up every 90 to 120 minutes and pee (easy to do if you are hydrating properly), then get some movement in (stretch, walk, climb some stairs, do your meeting prep movements, etc.), and then eat a strategic snack (great brain foods include nuts, fruits, hummus, water, etc.) you will feel better, think better, have more energy, and perform better.
These breaks regenerate your body and your brain. Even more important, they give you a chance to adjust your mindset and focus on what's next. This isn't complicated (a reason too many people ignore it) but it is powerful. Now is the time to work smart so do your PMS and let us know how it works.
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer