Food for Thought? How Your Diet Affects Your Productivity

If you’re like us, around lunchtime at work, the only thing your brain can focus on is a juicy burger – but do our food choices affect how we perform? Can we truly eat food for thought? Research gives us a resounding answer: Yes! 

A poor diet can affect more than just productivity

According to an International Labour Office global report, poor dietary choices at work can contribute to a decrease in productivity of up to 20%. In addition, poor nutrition contributes to absenteeism, sickness and low morale.

If you want to be more efficient at work (or simply make it there at all) then you should consider your diet and whether or not you’re eating food for thought.

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Post-lunch lethargy is a common problem that can have some harsh effects. According to David Dinges, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, about 20% of the workforce even turn into “closet nappers”.

Stealing away into the empty break room for some quick shut-eye is clearly unproductive, but it can be avoided by providing your body and your brain with food for thought.

Move mountains – or maybe just spreadsheet models

Consider the case of the Central American Public Roads Program from the International Labour Review. At the beginning of the construction project, the local workers employed were extremely unproductive. Soon however, leadership was changed and the new management began to provide meals with greater nutritional value.

Food for thought? How Your Diet Affects Your Productivity

The results in productivity were extremely impressive. In 1943, workers moved just 240 cubic meters of earth per man, per day, but as a result of the changes in nutrition, just three years later using the same equipment, that number improved to 1,157 cubic meters per man-day. That’s a stark increase in productivity tied directly to nutritional choices. Our diet truly does affect our performance.

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Your mother had the right idea

Ok, so we understand that our diet can help or hinder our workplace productivity, but what can we do about it? Here are four suggestions to help out:

– Start with small changes:

Consider the USDA’s recommendations

– Don’t wait until you’re starving to eat:

Have healthy snacks throughout the day to keep your energy levels high

– Make food decisions before you’re starving. (Plan your meals ahead, don’t decide in the moment):

You’re better at resisting temptation when it’s not in front of your face

– Snack on fruits and veggies rather than grains

Eat food for thought and keep your productivity high

While your diet can either help or hurt your work productivity, Blrt can only make you more efficient in your collaboration efforts by allowing you to talk, point and draw over images, documents and websites.

Next time you’re thinking about grabbing a cookie at work, grab a banana instead. Next time you have a communication problem, try out Blrt.

About Blrt

Blrt helps you get your point across quickly by allowing you to talk, point and draw over images, documents and websites. The resulting video-like recording is called a Blrt.

Your Blrts require much less bandwidth than video and can be shared with anyone on mobile or desktop. This makes Blrt ideal for both collaboration and the creation and sharing of dynamic content, as public Blrts can be embedded into any webpage.

Once recorded, Blrts are stored in the cloud and are exchanged with others in a conversation-like fashion. A record is kept of the exchange, and new parties and media can be added at any time.

Blrt shifts time and place, allowing users in a conversation to participate in their own time. In an era where activity-based working and distributed teams are commonplace, Blrt is revolutionising the way people interact to get things done.

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