Get Enough Of These 2 Things To Avoid Making Bad Decisions

Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post and host of the Thrive Global podcast, claimed that every bad hire she made was due to being too tired. All of us know what sleep deprivation feels like, whether we’ve been stressed, had to work to reach a deadline, or have children who keep us up.

But sleep isn’t the only factor contributing to poor decisions at work. Hydration is critical for many reasons, and it’s arguably more easily controlled than sleep.

Dr. Don Colbert, best-selling author of The Seven Pillars of Health, begins his first chapter describing several examples of how chronic pain, migraines, and anxiety were significantly alleviated with hydration.

Consistently keeping our health a top priority, unfortunately, is something many of us fail at due to poor decisions. But, what specifically, can you do to ensure you get enough sleep and stay hydrated? Here are some ideas you can put into practice:

1. Use the ‘Do Not Disturb’ Feature on Your Phone

Getting enough sleep has become more challenging with electronic devices always within an arm’s reach. Apple Vice President Greg Joswiak reminded Huffington to double-check her Do-Not-Disturb option on her phone to ensure uninterrupted sleep.

2. Don’t Look at Your Phone When You First Wake Up

A recent study shows allowing at least one full minute to elapse when waking up before looking at your device, proves to minimize stress throughout the course of the entire day. When you do pick up your device, try reading a motivational quote or a devotion on your device before delving into work-mode.

3. Disconnect from Work and Social Media at Least 30 Minutes Before Bedtime

Numerous studies have shown that screen light from electronics can actually delay the release of melatonin, our sleep-inducing hormone. And drop the habit of double-checking your email and social media as your last task before you go to bed. Do this earlier. You need time to unwind from a potential email or post that could either causes stress or excitement.

4. Calculate Caffeine into Your Water Intake

Caffeine can significantly dehydrate you. Drink a full glass of water prior to your caffeine consumption in the morning. To maintain proper hydration, drink 2 glasses of water for every 1 caffeinated beverage. If you drink a lot of caffeine, this means reducing your caffeine consumption to avoid non-stop restroom visits.

5. Drink Small Amounts of Water Throughout the Day

It’s best to drink small amounts of water throughout the day, similar to the suggestion that numerous small meals throughout the day can speed up your metabolism. And drinking a glass of water 30 minutes prior to a meal can help with digestion.

Poor hydration can lead to health issues, leading to poor sleep, increasing chances of poor decisions. You know as well as Arianna Huffington, there is nothing more crippling in the workplace for you and your team than a bad hire.

No one likes making bad decisions, especially at work. Start using these 5 practices to make your health (and healthy decisions) a top priority and encourage your team to do the same. Share these tips with your team.

About the Author Gordon Shuford is the Director of Leadership Development at LearnLoft, a full-service organizational health company which exists to turn managers into leaders and create healthier places to work. Gordon has a background in corporate wellness and coaching.

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Top 10 Team Achievements in 2016

As I reflected on the words I was going to say to the LearnLoft team at this year’s Christmas party, I took a moment to reflect on what this small team had accomplished in 2016 in support of our purpose as a business.  In case you don’t know our purpose as a business is to:

“Teach Modern Professionals Add Value to Their Organization and the World”

It filled me with gratitude thinking about the effort and energy every team member put in over the past 365 days. Now I share these statistics not to brag, but to get you thinking about what your team has achieved towards your organization or team’s purpose.

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your attention and if you or your organization played a part in helping our team with these achievements.  Without you none of this is possible.

Share your team achievement below and regardless if you share them here please do your team a favor and share it with them. #teamachievements2016 #leadership

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John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft and Host of the Follow My Lead Podcast. He is passionate about the development of people. He writes, and speaks about modern leadership and learning techniques. You can find him on instagram @johngeades.

7 Must Haves for Learning Technology in 2017

The rate of individuals learning online is on the rise, and with the average cost of a 4-year college degree now topping $20k per year, this trend shows no sign of slowing down. As consumers continue to turn to online technology for their educational needs it has only increased the need to modernize organizational online learning as well.

Here’s our list of the top 7 features and functions for online learning in 2017:

  1. Gamification

Gamification has a huge impact on participation and completion rates. Learners want to be able to earn badges, compete, and see their progress tracked on a scoreboard.

  1. Human Feedback

The danger of online training is that the learner can feel like they are working in silo. Any online learning technology that allows the learner to interact with a “real person” is going to increase engagement and therefore be more popular.

  1. Collaboration

Just like receiving feedback from a real human, learners also crave opportunities to collaborate with other learners. Message boards and discussion sections are a must for an online learning technology to be successful.

  1. Actionable Results

So you’ve has taken your training. Now what? Can you implement what you’ve learned immediately? For the technology to be successful it needs to allow a learner to practice and develop their skills.

  1. Video Capability

We all have different learning styles, but video has become the preferred method for people to learn, especially online. Video is now the standard.

  1. Offline Resources

Downloadable documents, videos and other resources that support learning allow learners to stay engaged even when they aren’t connected.

  1. User Experience

User experience is like a joke… if you have to explain it, it doesn’t work. In no way should technology impair learning, instead it should enhance the experience. The technology must be second nature.

At LearnLoft, we strive to stay ahead of the online learning curve in both our content and technology. Start 2017 by advancing on your leadership journey by visiting LearnLoft or by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

We always welcome feedback, if there’s something that you think we should include on the list, let us know in the comments sections.