Thoughts of the week
Concentration is defined as “the action or power of focusing all one’s attention”. It is essential for everyday tasks in the many different environments you may find yourself. Carrying out everyday tasks at home, completing important projects at work or performing at a high level on the sports field all require different levels of this in order to reach positive and successful outcomes. Our top tips to maximise concentration:
- Noise – Either block it out by locating yourself some with less or using ear plugs or practice whatever it is you’re doing in loud environments to conditioning yourself to the surroundings.
- Environment – Has to to be somewhere with minimal distractions and disruptions. If this changes at any point, go somewhere else.
- Objective – What are you trying to achieve? Is this clear? Do you know how you’re going to do it?
- Rules – What are the do’s and don’ts of what it is you are doing? Is there anything or anyone that has the power to change them? Can you stick to these rules before you start the task until you finish it?
- Timelines – How long should this take? If you finish earlier what will you do with that time? If it takes longer than planned how will that affect other things in your day?
- Isolation – Many people work better alone, away from others, free from distractions. Lock the door, turn off your phone, put on your out of office and work. Don’t let ANYTHING distract you!
- Exercise – There is vast scientific research suggesting the fitter and healthier your body is then the fitter and healthier your mind becomes.
- Nutrition – Don’t eat like an idiot. Eat quality, wholesome, healthy ingredients at the right time of day and hydrate regularly. You can’t expect to perform at a high level if you fuel at a low one.
- Patience – Take the time to do things properly and realistically.
- Procrastination – Happens very easily when overwhelmed with multiple tasks. Don’t dwell on the past, focus on the present and look forwards to the future when you have achieved what you set out too!
Next time you need to make sure you’re giving something your best, consider the above points to enhance the process…
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Recipe of the week
Goats cheese stuffed peppers
- Slowly cook long grain brown rice in salted boiling water.
- Whilst rice is cooking, cut peppers of your choice in half (top to bottom), removing seeds. Bake in the oven on a medium heat for approx. 15 mins until they start to soften.
- Dice courgette & white onion then fry off in a little olive oil until they begin to brown. Season with crushed garlic, ground black pepper, red chilli flakes, cumin & dried tagine spices. Next half cherry tomatoes & add to pan with some fresh coriander, cooking for an additional 3-5 mins.
- Take rice off heat & ensure it’s cooked through. Drain, then combine with vegetable mix in pan, mixing together well.
- Remove peppers from oven. Spoon the vegetable & rice mixture into the peppers then top with bits of torn goats cheese.
- Return to oven, baking for a further 15 mins. on a medium heat.
- Serve as in picture with a simple green salad & basic vinaigrette dressing.
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