Mr. Jimi Hendrix.
Mr. Jimi Hendrix.
I get way too excited about new things. I work from home most of the time and I’m always looking for things to experiment with in my free time to hack productivity, health, learning, and sleep. This week I’ve been pretty obsessed with Intermittent Fasting to lean out for summer, Kava for night-time relaxation, my new standing desk for productivity and mood, and Bulleit Rye Whiskey over ice (moving towards neat).
1. Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent Fasting is an awesome and simple way to accomplish a bunch of things at once. Intermittent Fasting (IF) involves simply compressing your eating window and lengthening your nightly fast into your day. Most people do this by skipping breakfast, having a couple cups of coffee or tea, and breaking their fast around noon after going to the gym. If your body is already used to eating less carbs and more healthy clean fats, this is surprisingly easy to do because you will be able to tap into stored body fat much easier for energy.
IF accomplishes many things at one:
1. Intermittent Fasting effortlessly reduces daily calorie intake without causing increased hunger by simply compressing your eating window. For most people it is much easier to fast for 4 hours in the morning than to eat small meals throughout the day. Two 1000 calorie meals over a period of 8 hours is much more satiating than four 500 calorie meals over a period of 14 hours.
2. IF massively increases free time in the morning by eliminating cooking, eating breakfast, and doing dishes after. I usually use this time to clean my apartment and make sure everything’s ship shape before I start the day.
3. IF makes you more focused and productive in the morning due to fasting’s cognitive benefits. Blood sugar levels remain super steady during a fast allowing you to focus and get shit done.
Come Find Me
The big question is always: “I’m so busy and have so much to do right now, how can I make myself more focused and productive?”
I feel this. I’m a busy dude too. I currently am starting 2 online businesses, I freelance in graphic design and web design, I tutor for music classes, play in a band, serve as Director of Marketing for my University’s record label, write for this blog, and am a full time college student. I had to do something to turn myself into an efficient person to stay afloat. I’ve tried everything from nootropics (smart drugs), to productivity apps, to crazy napping patterns in order to maximize concentration during stressful times. Most of these techniques work to some degree in the short term, but aren’t really sustainable long term, and to be realistic- if you’re busy right now, you’ll probably be pretty busy next month, and next year too.
This year I’ve managed to get a strong handle on my hectic life, while being able to get enough sleep and stay well in shape. I’m less stressed out and am now reaping the rewards of being able to wear so many hats. The answer lies with blood glucose and insulin. Here’s a list of the simple steps to make blood glucose work in your favor: