We’ve all experienced it during our lives–lulls. Your writing or  your work is churning along happily. You’re a fountain of ideas, but then you hit a wall. The idea of sitting at your computer is unappealing, and if you do, you end up surfing the net rather than writing. Quite often, the only thing staring back at you is a blank page or screen.

How do we beat the lulls?

Part of overcoming the lack of productivity is understanding how your mind and body works. Studies suggest humans are most productive in 90 minute spells or sprints with a 15-20 minute break in-between during a given day. And the reason for this is chemical. Your brain uses up a chemical called glucose during these times of intense work. Typically you will have spent most of it after 60-90 minutes. That’s why you feel so burned out after super long meetings or times on intense work.
Glucose is the fuel keeping our brains awake and alert. At most times, we have a certain glucose level in our blood, kind of like gasoline in a car.
The most important part here is that we are in full control of how we release glucose to our blood and our brains. Certain foods release glucose quickly, while other foods do so more slowly.
So what’s the magic pill to keep your mind and body humming? What should you eat to curb the lulls? One word–bananas. The brain works best with about 25 grams of glucose circulating in the blood stream — about the amount found in a banana. Want to beat the lulls? Eat fruit. I try to have an apple during the afternoons to beat low energy. Here are some other foods to beat low productivity and the lulls.

Blueberries
Studies show that eating blueberries can improve your ability to concentrate and perform tasks requiring you to really focus.

Dark Chocolate
This will probably be your favorite brain boosting food. Chocolate, especially the dark stuff contains compounds called flavonols that can help improve mental focus.