TodolistChances are that the average person’s “To Do” list includes various work related tasks, a few personal errands, maybe someone’s birthday or family related responsibilities. Are you like most of the people who put themselves at the end of the list of things to take care of? 

The top of your to do list should read, in fact, 3M should make post its that have these three items at the top followed by several empty lines.

  1. Eat nutrient dense food
  2. Hydrate
  3. Sleep

Nutrient dense food will be more filling and provide your body with much needed energy. The very basics you should aim for 

Proper hydration improves the way your body functions by facilitating oxygen and nutrient transport to all the cells of our body.

  • Aim for 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water every day

Sleeping more than 6 hours a night may improve

Once something becomes a habit it is simple, it’s something you just do. Adequate preparation is the key to nourishing yourself. When you eat well, properly hydrate and get enough rest, you are more productive.

I said simple, not easy.

When we fail to adequately prepare we rely on our over tired, undernourished body to remember what we need/want to get done. We rely heavily on caffeine and fast food, eat on the run and grab what we can whenever we can and develop undesirable habits.

Starting as soon as you can, prioritize the three things that will make the rest of your to do list more attainable. In his book “The Power of Less” Leo Babauta says break long term goals into actionable daily or weekly steps and focus on one thing at a time.

Start putting nutrition, hydration or sleep goals on your “to do” list and you’ll be on your way to creating good habits and greater productivity today.