Ironically, for the past year or so I’ve had a note on my to-do list to write out my favourite productivity tips.
If you have brain fog then you probably have one of these health issues: cognitive impairment, neck pain, brain fatigue, poor digestion, rashes, headaches, excess weight, trouble sleeping, depression, anxiety, or one of many others.
Reality: Nobody feels 100% all of the time.
I’m writing this article because you CAN feel awesome if you follow a really strict health regime that I’m including here.
Disclaimer #1: It’s really hard to cure brain fog and feel awesome, and pretty much nobody does everything it takes to get better. How long does brain fog last? Taking action, and depending on how terrible you are feeling you may need 2+ weeks completely dedicated to taking care of yourself to clear the brain fog. Untreated, brain fog can last for years.
Disclaimer #2: I’m not a doctor, and if I was then other doctors would consider me a quack. This article is a personal account of what worked for me to clear over a decade of brain fog, neck pain, digestive issues and other symptoms.
Here’s my story for context and so you can see how this plan worked for me…
Netflix is an insidious monster eating your life.
Seriously, Netflixzilla is right up there with low job satisfaction, sitting in traffic and air pollution.
Because the Big Netty is leeching your time via “binge watching”; two words that when they come together you should completely loathe.
Here’s what’s up…
I think about the future a lot.
I think about where I’m going to live, and what I’m going to work on, and how it’s going to feel.
And while I believe thinking is a great first step to planning, it’s not always the best trade off in brain power. All the energy you spend thinking about five years or ten years from now could go into taking action this week instead.
Whenever I’m feeling totally in a slump, I use a strategy I call Five Day Plans to get out of it. Five Day Plans is the only way I’ve been able to successfully build multiple habits at once. And I believe that building multiple habits at once is a powerful force multiplier for performing at your best.
Twenty years ago I found eBay and sold some stuff on it.
At the time you could sign up to eBay without a credit card, which meant you could easily create multiple accounts and submit fake bids to increase the final sale amount.
If I could email my 12 year old self I’d say, “that’s clever, but you should really optimize for integrity and not $10 gains.”
What a fool…
Since then I’ve spent a lot of time on the internet. I’ve written articles, hosted podcasts, built websites, freelanced, met girlfriends, met platonic-friends, invested in stuff, and sent about 800,000 emails.
I’m an internet expert!
And you are too, so let’s bond over three rules of the internet; observations I’ve found to be mostly true across the web.