Take a Walk

I walked today. Waking up with an overwhelming sense of “I need to be outside” can be exhilarating. I love when I’m in the mood to just explore.

 

I have to admit that being in this state of mind comes and goes. I’m currently testing out Nootropics to try and get in the elusive “flow” state, the type of thing Tiger Woods could achieve back when he was winning. It’s a semi conscious state that really allows you to just do exactly as intended. It’s funny that as humans we struggle to achieve the things that we intend to do, if you look at it from that perspective it really makes no sense. The simple idea that the most successful people in the world are the ones who manage to do as they intended should do one of two things to you….

 

  1. Make you think that “I’m an idiot” 2. Motivate you to put one foot in front of the other and act accordingly.

 

Number 1 can often be the case for myself but occasionally number 2 is and that’s when I like to go for a walk…

 

So, back to walking. I now live in London which is the greatest city in the world for people watching. You see some shit that really make you contemplate if all people really are created in the same way. For instance, the man hiding under the bridge today that had an alarming resemblance to the child catcher out of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I relived my childhood nightmare.  Then you see people that make you feel like the most uncool person in the entire world. I’m of course referring to the skateboarders that I was fascinated by today, those guys are cool, the clothes are cool, the attitude is cool, the actual skateboarding is cool, everything is cool. I felt like I was watching rockstars working on their craft during a private session.

 

People watching is fun but I really like the fresh air. I had the realisation today that during the week I spend approximately 1 hour per day outside. Wow! that’s crazy. I should probably get out more.

 

My absolute favorite thing about living in California was the outdoor living, people couldn’t get enough of it. Now, in London, people seem like they scurry from the tube to a building, from dinner to home, etc.. and whats with all the power walking people? You might feel as if you are saving so much time but in all reality you might be moving 2 miles per hour faster than me, and 2 miles per hour over half a mile amount to about 20 seconds. Congratulations!

 

Sorry about that rant. had to get it out of my system.
Keep your eye level up. What you will realize is that London and most places for that matter, are far more beautiful when you’re not looking down at the ground or your phone. Take a walk, get some fresh air and be inspired by your surroundings. You will realize soon after that it doesn’t require a book or a classroom to be mentally stimulated.  Simply, take a walk and be observant. Have a good week everybody!

Life hacks for Entrepreneurs

Building a startup is very time consuming and not the normal 9-5 role. Health professional in particular are infamous for being consumed by their work and their personal lives tend to take a back seat. However, we still believe there are more ways to optimizing your performance allowing for a better all round life. Here is some products and tips I suggest for hacking into a better life:

 

disclaimer:  I have NO affiliation with any brands mentioned in this post. Simply a fan who is recommending products to help out.

 

 

Productivity Hacks for building a Digital Health Company:

 

  1. Learn how to say ‘No’- James Altucher’s book “The Power of NO” depicts this theory brilliantly. For most people saying no is difficult but if you want to elevate your productivity game it’s necessary. Say no and make time for later.
  2. Listen to music- Music is a good way to block everything out and focus. During my time in LA I was at a METal event ran by Ken Rutkowski of Business Rockstar Radio and I met a fellow Brit, Will Henshall the Founder of Focus at Will, a former songwriter who has designed music that scientifically optimizes your concentration. In other words, this music stuff works.
  3. Delegate tasks-  Only do what you can do where your core strengths lie. If you’re the person who gets delegated the task then prioritisation is key. Start by avoiding any meetings that aren’t absolutely necessary to be in. You will see a big improvement in the quality of your work.
  4. A/B Test your body- Some people work better at night, some in the morning. Try doing certain tasks at night then try them in the morning. You will see what works best for you and adapt your schedule around that. Your body has a natural rhythm so don’t fight it.
  5. Exercise- Get your exercise in, you are never too busy for exercise. By exercising you get a natural energy boost and stress relief. We recommend exercising in the morning to free your mind of that task and focus on being productive at work.
  6. Turn off notifications-  When you have exercised, prioritised your work, delegated tasks and said no a bunch of times the last thing you need is to be distracted by your phone constantly pinging. Turn it off and focus on the tasks that lie ahead.

 

Bulletproof Coffee:

 

Yes, the great creation of Dave Asprey. The Bulletproof Diet a New York Times best selling book on BioHacking has since led to Coffee designed to optimize your mental performance. You make the coffee by adding grass- fed unsalted butter, yes butter, along with MCT Coconut oil. After my initial skepticism I contacted Dr. Andrew Hill a NeuroScientist at UCLA and he confirmed that the best diet for brain health is a high fat low sugar diet. This coffee mixed with the fats is an optimal way to start your day.

https://www.bulletproofexec.com/how-to-make-your-coffee-bulletproof-and-your-morning-too/

 

Lumosity:

 

Lumosity, now at an amazing 70 million users, the brain training game designed by NeuroScientists. Lumosity is based on research in the field of neuroplasticity. There R&D team works with researchers from several of the United States top universities to learn as much as possible about Lumosity training. You train you muscles in the gym now it’s time to train your brain and build your mental stamina.

http://www.lumosity.com/landing_pages/926?gclid=CILu85zy1cgCFQsCwwodMIALEg

 

 

7 Minute Workout:

 

The famous ‘7 minute workout’ we arent saying that by just doing this every day you will have fitness model abs but getting in exercise is very important for mental success. The 7 minute workout have a great understanding that part of the reason for not going to the gym, is not knowing what to do at the gym. This great program tells you what to do and is easy to fit in around your busy day.

http://7minworkoutapp.net/#about

 

 

Atracker:

 

Time management is essential in the Startup world and it’s often easy to forget and let things slip. Atracker is a user friendly app that allows for greater time management so you don’t forget those really important things like your significant other’s birthday. It has a great interface allowing  you to see data on where you’re spending the bulk of your time. Taking work out of the equation,  you are able to see how well you are balancing your time.

http://www.wonderapps.se/atracker/

Aloha Green Juice:

 

The green juice fad, whatever your view might be the theory is that getting some greens into your diet is better than zero. I have chosen Aloha as they are a monthly subscription brand who deliver the healthy mix each month to your door step. If you are a busy Surgeon this is a great way to make sure your not forgetting your greens during a busy week.

https://aloha.com/home

 

 

Happify:

 

State of mind is everything. having a positive approach to life is one of the key components to success. Happify say their cheerful games and activities are deceptively effective, based off the art of science you can use the app on demand. Start your day with the app and get into the correct state of mind before entering surgery. A Small slices of time can make big-time changes.

http://www.happify.com/

 

 

The Bouqs:

 

For all you romantics this is a great way to surprise your significant other. The e commerce flower delivery service will email you before a birthday or anniversary to remind you to get those flowers delivered, or simply just surprise her with a Bouq because she deserves it. Or perhaps you want fresh flowers weekly, or monthly. Flowers enhance the mood regardless of the delivery. Well worth considering.

https://www.thebouqs.com/en/

 

 

Multi Vitamin:

 

Back to basics but a great habit that’s well worth getting into. The Harvard school of public health says that the humble multivitamin is a great nutrition insurance policy, try mixing with a vitamin D to add an extra boost. The on-the-go multitasking environment of a surgeon does not yield time to fulfill healthy habits. A balanced diet with a multivitamin with help optimize your performance and lead to a happier healthy life.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/vitamins/