June 2019

Recharging helps you be your best self

Colleagues and friends,

Back-to-back meetings, interruptions, and attempts at multi-tasking are becoming more of the norm in today’s workplace. That brain strain can keep us from performing at our best. It also inhibits our ability to develop new neural pathways, which are key to changing our attitudes and habits.

Consider these research findings:

  • IQ drops by up to 10 percent when people feel severely stressed.
  • It can take more than 20 minutes to return to the original task when we are interrupted.
  • Our brains have about two to three hours of peak cognitive performance a day.

Sobering thoughts.

A healthy work-life balance is critical to improving productivity and managing stress. What activities do you enjoy to help you recharge? For me, it’s being out in nature. A round of golf, an afternoon of kayaking, a hike in the woods, tending the garden — these activities bring me pleasure and help to reset my brain.

There’s a world of beauty just outside our doors this time of year across our beautiful state. Dedicate time to enjoying it for your well-being. It will make you a better employee, a better wife, a better father, a better friend.

Enjoy the journey.

Best regards,

Michael Kubit
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer