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5 hacks to boost your productivity at work

5 hacks how to boost your productivity at work

You’ve been daydreaming about your summer vacation for a while now. It doesn’t help when you see that Instagram is full of dreamy, summerish photos and it seems like everyone is on vacation already… except you! There’s a good chance that all of that has distracted you and you simply don’t feel that productive these days. We get it. Been there, done that. That’s why we have prepared 5 simple hacks to boost your productivity at work today.

 

1.Get up and move

Sitting in a chair all day makes us all feel… well, tight. Use your short break to get up and move your body a bit. If you can make it outside, even better! Take a short walk around your office and you’ll instantly feel more energized. A breath of fresh air increases your brain activity and brings greater clarity to the brain.

Bonus points: You’ll be one step closer to reaching your activity goal in your Leaf app for that day!

2. Schedule a power hour

Nothing beats good old to-do lists and managing your time wisely. Choose one hour in your day when you’ll tackle all the assignments and tasks you’ve been postponing for a while now and use this time to clear your inbox.

3. Find a good playlist

If you’re one of those people who can’t work with music playing, skip this part 🙂 If, however, you find certain music to be motivating, find a playlist that won’t be distracting and that you’ll enjoy listening while working. Spotify has lots of them prepared already, you just have to find one that suits your music taste!

4. Meditate for 2 min

No excuses! You can find 2 min in your day to meditate and unwind for a bit. All you need is your Leaf app and you’re all set. Choose between different short meditations that will relax you and boost your energy levels.

5 hacks how to boost productivity at work

5. Have a healthy lunch break

We don’t have to mention again how food affects our mood and energy levels, right? Eating a light and healthy lunch won’t get you sleepy after lunch and you will be more energized to finish your work. Choose a salad you love the most and combine it with a healthy smoothie (you can even prepare it at home!).

June 28, 2017
LEAF

Get to know your Leaf

Leaf has become your health and well-being companion. You wear it every day, you love it, but how well do you really know it? Today we wanted to cover some ‘did-you-know’ facts about Leaf that will help you get the most out of using it.

Let the app know how you’re wearing your Leaf.

Bracelet, necklace or clip. It’s important to select the placement of your Leaf correctly in the app to get accurate results. Your Leaf will adjust its activity and sleep tracking algorithms according to the position that you select in the settings. So if you wear your Leaf as a bracelet, you will need to select its placement in the app’s settings and sync your Leaf to transfer these new settings to the Leaf itself.

Don’t forget about custom activities

Your Leaf app has over 70 custom activities you can add manually, from breastfeeding to hula-hooping. Wow-wee. Leaf will automatically track activity in the form of steps and your active time during the day. If you do an activity that is not step based or you forgot to wear your Leaf, you can always input that activity manually.

To input an activity, you will need to press the “+ Add activity” button, choose an activity and choose the start and end times. The activity will appear as a card under your activity graph and it will display the start and end times, along with the number of calories burned.

When inputting a custom activity, you will sometimes see that the number of steps decreases. This will happen for some activities that are not step-based, for instance, cycling. You will still be credited with active time for these activities, and your calorie burn will be accurate.

You can meditate anytime, anywhere, even without Leaf

The Leaf app offers meditations and breathing exercises that you can do in the app. You can choose from an extensive library of exercises, most of them offer a shorter and a longer version to choose from.

If you meditate on your own, you can choose from a list of common meditations and simply enter the amount of time you meditated manually.

If you don’t have your Leaf at hand, or if the battery is flat and you haven’t had the chance to change it, don’t despair. You can still meditate using the app. When you select a guided meditation, you can choose to have it tracked by the Leaf or not. Simply turn off the tracking and you are good to go.

You can wear as many Leafs as you like. The more the merrier. 

Did you know that you can have more than one Leaf paired to the same account? This means that you can have different Leafs sync to your account and you can wear whichever one matches your outfit better. One for each day of the week, we say.

You can add a new Leaf to the app by going into the app’s Settings > Add a device, and once you pair the new Leaf, you can select which device you’d like to sync when you press the sync button. Both (or all) Leafs will track continuously and the app will intelligently merge the data so you don’t see double steps in case you’ve been wearing them all at the same time. No judgement. We do it all the time.

 

We hope you found this useful. Remember, if you ever have any questions about your Leaf, simply send us an email or post a question in the comments below. We are always here to help.

June 14, 2017
LEAF

Mother’s Day – 5 ways to make Mom’s Day extra special

This Mother’s Day is all about mom and spoiling mom… she deserves it!

We all know that a perfect gift for mom comes in the shape of a Leaf, but we brainstormed about other gifts that will do too, you know, just in case you missed out on buying your gift on time or if you would like to spoil her even more.

Although moms deserve the best every single day, Mother’s Day is a special day where you get to show her the love and appreciation you have for everything she does. So think about the things that your mom loves, her favorite activities that you could enjoy together, or the little things that bring a smile to her face.

 
Here are just a few ideas that can serve as inspiration:
 
1. Spend some time with your mom
The best gift of all and the one that your mom will appreciate the most is you spending some quality time with her. Call your mom and arrange some quality mother-daughter time this Sunday or organize a family gathering that celebrates mom!

2. Surprise her with a massage
Help mom be the most relaxed this Sunday with a nice relaxing massage as a gift that will release all the tension. We did say that the plan was to spoil her this Sunday, right?

3. Bring a smile to her face with a bunch of flowers, just for mom!
Flowers are always a good idea so make mom’s day special with her favorite bunch of flowers in her favorite color.

 

4. Cook her breakfast in bed
Make sure her day starts great right from the beginning. Drive to her place and cook her an amazing breakfast she will enjoy from bed.

5. Take Mom out for a picnic
Have some family time together enjoying the sunshine and outdoor activities. Prepare a basket of delicious food, bring a blanket, your family, and you’re all set!

 
Inspire the woman who inspires you
Have you seen our beautiful Inspire bracelets yet? Every day is a good day to inspire mom to do something for her health. Our new Inspire bracelets are the perfect gift for any day you wish to surprise your mom with inspirational jewelry that will make her day.

How will you surprise your mom this Sunday? Do you have any special plans? Tell us in the comments below.
 
 

May 10, 2017
LEAF

National Stress Awareness Day

treat stress
Stress is a sneaky little thing. It usually shows up unannounced and by the time we realize it has paid us a visit, it already has its fingers tightly wrapped around us.

Today is National Stress Awareness Day. Held since 1992, the Health Resource Network (HRN) has taken April 16th to shine a spotlight on the effects of stress. And we can understand why. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. In fact, symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. We are not loving this.

It’s not all negative though. We need stress to alert us to dangers, and it can place us in a fight-or-flight mode. It’s one the defense mechanisms given to us by nature. But when it interrupts the quality of our life, our mental and physical well-being, that’s when it’s time to take action.

Leaf to the Rescue

We understand the negative effects stress can have on your well-being. And that’s why we felt stress prediction was a very important feature to incorporate into Leaf.

Health tracker for stress

Leaf’s Stress Prediction

By simply wearing your Leaf, it takes into account how active you have been, the quality of your sleep, where you are in your monthly cycle and if you have practiced any mindfulness exercises like meditation. Leaf then does its magic and calculates how likely you are to experience stress. By monitoring your results, you can be ready to take action and fight stress before it even happens.

Stress Free in 1-2-3

Here are 3 simple ways you can take on stress with the help of Leaf.

1. Get moving

Exercise increases endorphins, clears the mind, and makes us feel amazing. Today is the perfect day for a walk or a little Easter egg hunt to help get you closer to your activity goals.

Easter bunny

2. Rest it up

Sleep is nature’s way of reviving and recharging your body, making you better equipped to take on stress. And, not only are you in greater fighting form to tackle the stress monster, it helps get rid of it – you could wake up feeling fresh and worry free altogether. Finding it hard to fall asleep? Try a few of the methods outlined in our previous post here.

Sleep health

3. Flex those mental muscles

Meditation has a wonderfully calming effect, helps recharge the mind, and helps reorganize your thoughts. It can shed light on something that has been bothering you and give you a new-found energy and zest to overcome obstacles, big or small. We recommend trying the Calming Anxiety or Returning to the Now meditations in your Leaf app, or you can try it for free on the Bellabeat Dashboard.

Leaf meditation exercises

 

Have you been making use of Leaf’s stress prediction? What are some of the ways you combat stress? Share your experiences or some helpful advice with the community by commenting below.

April 14, 2017
LEAF

It’s National No housework Day and World Health Day

It’s National No Housework Day and World Health Day so you can bet we’re celebrating!

First of all, we are celebrating by removing cleaning activity from your Leaf app today because we want to encourage you to take your time off all housework activities and focus on – yourself!
That means enjoying a nice bath, taking a long walk, meeting your best friends…actually, there are a lot of ways we can think of when it comes to celebrating!

But first things first…here’s what you’ll need to do to prepare yourself and everyone around you to celebrate this day properly.

  • No guilt trips – Your house will survive one day of not being polished and cleaned (even if that means using paper plates to avoid doing the dishes afterward)

  • Tape NO HOUSEWORK signs all over the house – To remind yourself that today is about you, not the house, or the dishes

  • Send your family a note that you’re celebrating National No Housework Day, the same rule applies to them too! Use this opportunity to spend some quality time together eating out or having a spring picnic.

Now here comes the good part….let’s find some inspiration for all the things you could do instead and celebrate No Housework Day properly:

1. Take a walk with your Leaf

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate World Health Day than by hitting that 10 000 steps goal! Walking will do good for your body and will clear your head and thoughts so that you can be more focused and productive.

2. Make it your spa day

Relax your body and mind with a hot shower or a bath. Put your favorite music on and enjoy some “me time”. Looking for some music inspiration? We are listening to the Big Little Lies soundtrack on repeat!

3. Buy yourself some flowers

Decorating and making yourself happy doesn’t really count as housework. Buy yourself your favorite flowers or do a nice gesture and surprise your mom, sister or your best friend with a lovely bunch.

4. Take a nap

This is your opportunity to take that long wanted afternoon nap! Put your phone away and grab some extra hours of sleep that will make you feel more energized and rested.

5. Go out for lunch or coffee

Go out for lunch! Visit your favorite restaurant or explore a new one in your home town!

6. Schedule some quality time with your friends or family

Don’t forget to make some time for your loved ones today! Invite your family or friends for a walk, coffee or find an activity you’ll all enjoy doing.

7. Relax with some meditation exercises from your Leaf app

The focus of this year’s World Health Day is depression. The World Health Organization is encouraging everyone dealing with depression to seek and get help. A short meditation exercise every day can help you calm your anxieties and fight depression. Find more than 20 guided meditation exercises in your Leaf app.

8. Unwind with yoga

Yoga does good for your body, mind, and soul. And health is all of that. Visit a yoga class nearby or practice some yoga in your home or in nature.

9. Do something you haven’t done before

When was the last time you did something for the first time? Can’t remember? Well, maybe today is a good day to start and try something new.

10. Read a book

Reading feeds your soul and improves your memory. What are you reading at the moment?

P.S. We know that we can’t avoid housework forever so your custom activity in your Leaf app will be added back starting tomorrow.

How will you celebrate today?

April 6, 2017