When you pour your first cup of coffee, it will come as no surprise that caffeine boosts attention and focus, but it’s especially good for simple cognitive tasks. Anywhere from 40 mg to 250 mg of caffeine increases alertness. That’s less than you think – simply one cup can provide the boost you need to power through some of your more routine tasks.
You can take full advantage of that little extra momentum to clean out your inbox while you sip, sort mail, make necessary call backs, etc, any of those little tasks that many of us put off and allow to pile up.
Of course, with New Year’s around the corner, it’s a great time to enjoy your java while writing down your resolutions. If your New Year’s resolutions from last year have gone unresolved, you’re not alone. But here are some quick tips to help you get a little further along this year.
- “Put some thought into it,” says Richard O’Connor, author of “Happy at Last: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Finding Joy.” And avoid knee-jerk New Year’s resolutions, he says. “I encourage people not to make cheap resolutions, but to save it for something meaningful.”
- Limit your list to a number you can handle. “It’s probably best to make two or three resolutions that you intend to keep,” says O’Connor. That way, you’re focusing your efforts on the goals you truly want.
- Make a plan. Everyone needs a path to get to where they want to be. Create a goal with a series of measurable, specific steps to check your progress along the way and ensure you achieve your resolution.
- Write down the goal and visualize it regularly. Writing and visualizing are effective tools for fulfilling a goal because they fix it firmly in the subconscious, says Stephen Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”
Remember that slip-ups are part of the process too. Forgive yourself if you can’t maintain your plan perfectly. Just keep adjusting and moving forward toward your goal.
Happy New Year’s!