I am sure that you have all heard of Pro Plus, it was a handbag essential for me during my 20s when I was trying to be more alert during 12 hour shifts as a retail manager. I haven’t taken it years though as I became somewhat of a coffee addict after having my first daughter 8 years ago. Coffee and I have a love/hate relationship. I love the taste and the aroma of it but any more than two cups a day and I start feeling anxious. Also with a young baby I can’t rely on a morning coffee to perk me up for the day anymore as I rarely get an opportunity to drink it, which isn’t helpful when I need to be alert in the late afternoon/evening to get work completed.
However, Pro Plus have launched a #ReachYourPeak campaign in collaboration with their Pro Plus Ultra capsules to help you maintain concentration and reduce fatigue. They have brought the incredible performance and life coach Mark Whittle on board to support you in reaching your peak, be it in your career, your studies or your day to day life.
What’s in Pro Plus Ultra?
- Slow release caffeine
- Vitamins B6 + B12
- Guarana Extract
- Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng)
One capsule is the equivalent of 100ml of brewed coffee.
I have been taking Pro Plus Ultra for just over a week now and I have felt so much more alert but without the side effects that I would usually get with coffee, what is also interesting is that I haven’t had the usual caffeine crash either. I have previously taken ginseng and I have always had a positive experience in regards to it supporting my concentration levels.
As well as taking Pro Plus Ultra which is great at what it does, it isn’t a magic pill that is going to make you more productive on its own. So it’s important to work on daily habits to help productivity to help you reach your peak. So as a successful life and career coach, here are my top tips.
- Invest in yourself. This can be by hiring a coach, a personal trainer or through personal development such as courses, podcasts or books.
- Set boundaries. You’ll be much more productive if you eliminate things from your life which bring you stress or take up all your time.
- Set realistic goals. The S.M.A.R.T method is essential for this. Learn how to measure your goals and if you are a visual person then designing a vision board is a great motivational tool.
- Be consistent. Show up everyday, even if it is only 15 minutes.
- Practice mindfulness to help you reset a stressful day. This can be anything from taking a walk on your break to doing a short guided meditation session on your phone.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for support from a colleague and delegate non-urgent tasks.
- Take advantage of corporate wellness benefits at work such as corporate gym memberships, the healthy fruit bowl in the staff room or any staff bonding excursions. Building a relationship with colleagues outside of work might make reaching out to them for support easier.
- Time management skills are important, no-one wants to stay late every evening, so always get the most important or hardest task out of the way first.
- Learn how to recognise the ways in which stress and burnout presents itself to you.
- Use a matrix system to help you manage and prioritise your tasks