6 ways to refresh, recharge and renew in preparation for the next workday

If you’re like me, January is all about planning and strategy.  I believe that January sets the tone for the whole year. And nothing sets you up for success than taking care of yourself.  Here are some thoughts and resources you can consider for yourself and your employees.

  1. A good night’s sleep. You have heard it before, “you need 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night”. And most probably you have unfortunately been the victim of not enough sleep and suffered the consequences.  Here are some very interesting TED Talks about sleep and what happens to us when we sleep, when we don’t get enough sleep and why we should all take this very seriously:

  2. Brain dumps– or mind mapping, or brainstorming or to do lists… all the same concept.  We cannot think clearly when we have so many things we are keeping current in our brains.  Women especially are blessed and cursed with this: we are able to connect and multitask more readily than me.  We should take a page from the male brain and do more compartmentalizing. The best way to get a clear mind is to empty your mind.  And the best way to do that is to actually write things down. Studies show that the act of writing (not typing or dictating) rewires our brains and improves creativity.  Here are some resources if you want more information: https://hustletostartup.com/brain-dumping/

  3. Exercise.  I probably don’t need to convince you that you should be exercising more.  What you probably need are some ideas on how to incorporate it into your day, right?  Here are two that won’t cost you anything: (1) walk outside everyday during lunch time. (2) take the stairs.

  4. Power naps.  Yep.  A 15 to 20 minute nap will do wonders for restoring and refreshing you.  There are corporations and workplaces that have embraced this concept by offering nap rooms and meditation rooms.  https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-science-behind-power-naps-and-why-theyre-so-damne-1401366016

  5. Gratitude.  If keeping a gratitude journal doesn’t sound interesting to you, how about being diligent about intentionally and consistently saying thank you to colleagues and service people?

  6. Transition rituals between work and home and vice versa. I love rituals and routine.  I am convinced that they keep me sane and creative and productive. I come from a generation where everything stopped at 530pm for dinner.  No cell phones. No tv and no excuses as to why you were not eating everything on your plate. Yes, times have changed, but to me the importance of rituals has not.  Being constantly connected and available is stressful. Actually the expectation that we are “available” 24/7 causes and health related issues that zap productivity.  This article has some great ideas.

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I hope these resources have inspired you.  Start small– select something from this list and start right now.  Need a hint? Send a thank you email to a colleague for something they helped you with or for always being available for bouncing ideas.

Let me know how it goes.

Nancy Allen


G. Nancy Allen is an international speaker, coach, consultant and expert on women’s business issues. Nancy has over 30 years of experience helping small business owners at all stages of growth. As President and CEO of WBDC Florida/Her Company Incorporated, Nancy manages and leads an incredible team of staff, sponsors, partners and women business leaders who are dedicated to certifying, connecting and championing women in business. Nancy has been recognized for her work on behalf of women in business through numerous prestigious awards: -Nancy was recently honored by the International Career and Business Alliance (ICABA) as one of South Florida’s 100 most accomplished Caribbean Americans. She is especially proud of this award because it highlights her heritage as well as her professional accomplishments. -Nancy is the recipient of the World Women Leadership Achievement Award from the World Women Leadership Congress -Nancy is also the proud recipient of the Association Marketing Award from Women in ECommerce. -Most recently Nancy was named Honorary Ambassador of Cascais, Portugal by the Ambassador’s Club of the Industry Sector of Cascais and the Estoril Coast. Nancy’s personal motto is Connections, Creativity and Courage in all endeavors. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS, 1982). She was born in Haiti and raised in South Florida. Nancy is bi-lingual in English and French and is fluent in Spanish and Creole.