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CPA energy boost: new year's lifestyle choices to help make your day more productive.

the typical workday stretches from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for many. The misconception, however, is that you are productive from the moment you step foot in the office until you leave, with an hour for lunch. But, you arrive at work, often without having eaten breakfast, and you look more like a zombie than a human.

You think a cup of coffee will create some kind of productive state at around 9:30 a.m.--but you'll only hit the wall again at 11 a.m. After a less-than-nutritional lunch and another cup of coffee, you remain productive from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., when you hit. another down cycle on the energy roller coaster.


Couple this with the long hours you put in to finish projects or during tax season, and it's no wonder there's a constant battle to maintain consistent energy levels. The good news is that you can incorporate a few changes to your lifestyle and nutritional choices, as part of your new year's resolutions, which can make a big difference in your health, energy and productivity.

Part of Your Unbalanced Breakfast

The only thing worse than skipping breakfast is consuming what's popularly described as a "balanced breakfast." The human body considers bowls of cereal, glasses of orange juice and pieces of toast to be surprisingly similar. Quite simply, it's all just sugar. After eating large amounts of carbohydrates--most lacking any other nutritional component lethargy and fatigue soon follow. This is a simple matter of human biology. When blood sugar rises sharply from the consumption of sugary foods and drinks, so does the hormone insulin. But that jolt of energy quickly subsides.

Symptoms to Something More Serious

CPAs have a reputation for overworking in a valiant effort to progress their careers. To get them through the hours, many reach for cups of coffee and junk food and spend little time recovering from overwhelming workdays. Unfortunately no one is invincible and this lifestyle cascades cumulatively into a more serious issue known as "adrenal fatigue."

When the sole source for energy and productivity rests on the shoulders of external stimulants and poor nutrition, the human body must overwork its own adrenal system to keep you going. Eventually, this diminishes the body's ability to respond to stress, leading to a plethora of ailments that ensure productivity losses. Once adrenal fatigue sets in, even a minor respiratory infection can sideline you for a long time.

Getting off the Roller Coaster

Avoiding those 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. sugar crashes means avoiding society's most prevalent addiction: sugar. Sugar consumption has spiked over the last century according to studies, mostly due to consuming the infamous high fructose corn syrup.

With this in mind ensure that each meal especially breakfast--includes adequate amounts of protein and fat. Foods like lean meat, avocados, coconut oil, eggs and fish contain high-quality fats that will keep energy levels stable, prevent snacking and keep productivity levels high.

Taking time to recover from long bouts of work will create long-term benefits to energy levels and overall health. Adequate amounts of sleep, relaxation and effectively managing stressful work relationships will give your batteries a chance to recharge. Some people have a difficult time accepting that taking a step back from work can actually create noteworthy improvements in work quality.

This is best illustrated by former world champion chess and tai chi competitor Josh Waitzkin, who explained that his most significant problem-solving solutions occurred when he forced himself away from deep concentration and into some sort of relaxation.

These situations forged mental connections that otherwise would have never happened. When you are stuck on an accounting issue, the best solution is often stepping away and approaching it after a set period of time. The goal is to turn eight or 10 hours of productivity into six hours simply because of improved efficiency and effectiveness.

Instead of wasting time drinking coffee for a boost: and recovering from energy crashes, use those extra hours to enhance soft skills, take continuing" education courses or broaden your skill sets to improve analytical skills.

Luke Sniewski, CPA is a personal trainer and NASBA registered CPE provider at LEAF Wellness Studio. You can reach him at lukesniewski@gmail.
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Date:Jan 1, 2011
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