How Hummus Can Transform Your Department By Carson Leith
In 1959, world-renowned social ecologist Peter Drucker asserted that “the most valuable asset of a 21st-century institution will be its knowledge workers and their productivity.” And just before the turn of the century, he stated that increasing the productivity of knowledge workers is “the most important contribution management needs to make in the 21st century.”
So how does what Peter Drucker said relate to hummus, you ask?
All knowledge work, since it’s the work of our minds, is affected by what we eat and how well we take care of our bodies. If you want to be a good leader, taking care of your health is important – and doing so can really help you achieve your goals. What you eat can affect your productivity, your demeanor, and your creativity, so it’s truly important to manage your diet well.
It just so happens that hummus is a great example of a healthy snack that also tastes good and works wonders for your mind. Here’s just three of the many ways hummus helps you out as a knowledge worker:
It regulates your blood sugar, keeping your mood stable and preventing that crash you so often experiences after your morning cup of coffee.
It decreases your cholesterol, reducing your risk of experiencing a heart attack (and counteracting some of that stress you take on in the workplace).
It gives you a 53% lower chance of becoming obese, which is a likely scenario when you’re sitting at a desk all day.
Including hummus in your daily diet will help you start the habit of eating healthy at work, and keep you at optimal health as a leader in the workplace. Hummus isn’t the only way to transform your department, however. Here are four easy-to-implement tips to get healthier physically and boost your productivity TODAY:
Start working in 90-minute chunks. Far too many times, I’ve found myself working throughout the day without really taking a break. The worst part is, it kills my productivity and makes me more and more sluggish. Talk about a lose-lose situation! Alternatively, it’s been proven that operating within your body’s natural ultradian rhythm optimizes your performance. Break out your work into 90-minute sessions, follow by 15 minutes of rest, and begin to reap the benefits.
Take stretch/walk breaks frequently. Michael Hyatt is one of the leaders in stand-up desk evangelism and writes about why sitting is killing you. But if you’re not quite ready to commit to standing all day, start by taking frequent stand-up breaks where you can stretch, walk around, get outside, stop staring at the computer screen, etc.
Play a team game! Play games in the office to get your heart rate up and relieve tension. At Co.tribute, we used to play quite a bit of ping pong. Now we play what we affectionally refer to as “bar jar,” a game which reappropriates those ping pong balls into “basketballs” that we toss into a big jar. First one to score three shots wins. It’s incredibly hard to make the shot, and equally as fun! The game helps us bond as a team, alleviate stress, and focus on something other than work. Also, whoever loses has to do ten push-ups, which makes a good substitute for that mid-afternoon coffee. After the game, we all go back to work refreshed and ready to take on the next challenge.
Ditch the soda. Water, water, water! Did you know your brain is made up of 70–80% water? In order to keep it at peak performance, you need to be taking in lots of…you guessed it: water. Make this fun. Make it a competition. Do whatever it takes. I like smart water because it’s enjoyable to drink out of their bottle (Steve Jobs thought so too).
How do you stay healthy and lead your team in doing the same? What’s the hardest thing for you to do regularly? Let us know by tweeting us or tagging us in a facebook post. We’d love to hear from you!