Diet affecting work performance. How? Have you ever gotten into a workflow that takes over everything you are doing? You seem to be on fire, pumping things out and getting everything done. Then you hit a wall. Your energy is zapped, your mood is off and you can’t stop thinking about a cheeseburger. Maybe it’s time to eat and eat well.
When people are working hard, they sometimes forget the basics—like food. That’s why I want to go over three ways that your diet is affecting your work performance.
1. Lack of Energy
Because you aren’t eating enough or you aren’t eating the right things, it’s going to be hard to get the energy that you need to get through the day. You can pound as much coffee or Red Bull and you want, if you aren’t getting the essential proteins, fats, carbs, and sugar that your body needs, you are going to be tired.
Make sure that you eat foods that are balanced and will give you the boost that you need naturally, instead of through rushes of sugar.
2. Lack of Focus
When you get hungry and you start starving yourself of nutrients, your brain can’t run to its full capacity. Although you feel like skipping those meals to get extra work done seems like a good idea, in actuality, it is hindering your performance.
It’s hard to get what you need to get done when you can’t focus on the task at hand. In order to get the focus you need to get your work done, you need to eat and sleep properly.
If you can’t effectively communicate, you are going to have problems getting things done. Both your employees and your clients aren’t going to want to deal with you if you are constantly in a sour mood. You need to eat or the hunger pains are going to drive you insane. Taking a moment to have a sandwich and an apple will make you far more pleasant to deal with, which will lead to things getting done the way they are supposed to and on time.
It’s no secret that you need to eat. I don’t care how busy you are, you need to get your three square meals in a day or your body is going to suffer and in turn, your work is going to suffer.
Take a break, have a sandwich and be more effective!