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Newsletter No.26

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'You don't have to be perfect. But you do have to be 100% committed' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

No beating around the bush here, it’s been a loooonnnngggg month (though on a personal level mine felt a little short due to being in bed for a week with Covid)!

Like us, you may start to feel that your motivation and productivity is dwindling, which is totally normal. However, we're here to help with tips on how to boost your stamina, so you can keep being the boss that you are, every day of the week (even when you're curled up on the sofa with a giant bag of chocolate buttons and a tankard of wine)!

Tackle your dreaded to-do list first…
We all feel it; the 3pm slump when we haven't got lunch to look forward to anymore, and all we have left on our to-do list is that awful task we have been putting off for months. One of the best ways to avoid this stamina slouch is by ticking off the toughest part of your to-do list first thing in the morning, and giving yourself the more easy-going projects to handle in the afternoon. By planning out your days from the off, setting aside certain hours for certain tasks, your day is kept organised but varied. 

Plan for setbacks
When something doesn't go your way, whether it's getting a job rejection or losing a client, it can really derail your progress and have an impact on your stamina. Sports psychologist Robert Corb instructs the professional athletes he coaches to visualise losing the match or not winning the race. It means they can plan on how they will cope if it happens and put measures into place so they don't lose control of their motivation. While we're all about keeping positive here at Dogs & Coffee, it's important to remember that setbacks are a part of life, and having back-up plans in place will mean you can take these bumps in the road in your stride, without your stamina taking a hit. And don't ever forget that everyone you look up to will have had their fair share of setbacks too!

Have something to look forward to…
At the moment, when yesterday looks like today which looks like tomorrow, it's difficult to keep your motivation going. So it's vital to have something to look forward to. We know the next few months are going to be unpredictable, but having a positive reward in the future is great way to maintain work and life stamina. Perhaps book a staycation holiday for later in the year or maybe just booking a dinner at your favourite restaurant for the spring. However small, these glimpses of hope in the months ahead will help keep you on track now. 

Move your body…
Hunching over your laptop day after day is one of the fastest ways to lose stamina! At the moment, while WFH, it can be hard to get moving as much as you should. But if you sit in the same place for hours on end, it's no surprise you start to flag after lunch. Perhaps work in a different room  in the afternoon to differentiate parts of the day, and get some exercise in to keep your body healthy. ClassPass has lots of brilliant online dance classes from studios around the country, to connect your creativity with your body!

Get those zzzz…
Maybe the most important of them all; get a good night's sleep! Getting a solid kip means you are properly fuelled with all the energy required to take on the day, keeping your productivity high right through until the afternoon. This means getting off your phone and email for a good hour before bed. This allows your brain to relax and get ready for sleep mode, and also means you aren't dragging any work issues into your personal time. Douse your pillow in a soothing spray (we love this one from This Works), pop on a sleep story from the Calm app, and your stamina will be fully refreshed in the morning to tackle that to-do list!

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