The Supplement mbg's President Uses To Balance Work & Motherhood With Ease
Elena Sukacheva is the President of mindbodygreen. Her career spans consumer, media and management consulting industries. She holds a B.A. from Moscow State University, M.A. from Wayne State University, and MBA from University of Chicago.
As a mom and the president at mindbodygreen, my day starts really early. A typical day consists mostly of back-to-back meetings and calls, so I try to do a lot of the actual thinking and tasks before the official workday even begins. But between summer camp drop-off for my daughter and the fact that I don't drink coffee in the morning, summoning enough energy to kick-start my day can be a challenge, to say the least.
By 3 p.m. or 4 p.m., I'll often experience an inevitable midafternoon slump. It's often in this lull of energy that I'm tempted to reach for a snack—and not necessarily a healthy one. Sometimes I will have the willpower to resist it but sometimes…not so much.
These fluctuations in my energy levels started affecting my personal life and work productivity—something had to change. So, when we launched our first nootropic supplement at mbg, I knew I needed to give it a try.
How focus+ keeps me going throughout the day.
Thanks to the instant-release caffeine from organic coffee fruit, there's an immediate moment of clarity within minutes of taking focus+.* The important things come into focus, and all my thoughts get organized in a very neat list so I can prioritize what to do right now and what should be tackled later.
When new to-do's crop up throughout the day, I know I don't need to run around in a hectic manner—the L-theanine provides a lovely state of calm that assures me I can focus on the current task and will get to my other action items when the time is right.*
But at the same time, I'm still moving at a nice pace because focus+ gives me the energy to do things that need to be done. It's a very organized, focused energy, and yet it's accompanied by this calmness that's very satisfying and quite unique. And thanks to the sustained-release caffeine from green coffee beans, this energy is even-keeled and consistent—it hasn't changed from day to day (or even moment to moment).*
I also tend to get very distracted. I can be in the middle of a task, then something crosses my mind and I switch to a different task, and then a different task—which, frankly, is not that effective. In my work, I simply cannot afford to be unproductive, so this is something I've been actively working on.
focus+ really removed those executive function challenges for me. I can essentially stay on one task, then move to the next one, and then the next one, and those interrupting thoughts get muted in my head (which is super helpful for productivity).*
I move easily from task to task now and can give each task an equal amount of energy. I don't need to summon the energy to tackle the next thing on my to-do list anymore because I feel like I'm in the zone all the time.
With focus+, there's no such thing as a midafternoon slump either! Obviously, this is great from a productivity standpoint, but it also supports my overall health and well-being; there's no need to debate with myself about eating unhealthy snacks now that my energy doesn't lull in the afternoon.*
This energy lasts not only through my workday but well into my evening. I don't feel tired or exhausted after work, so I can spend active, quality time with my daughter and husband. I still have the stamina to go for a walk, play at the playground, and read my daughter a book before bed. After all of that, I can enjoy a nice dinner and movie with my husband. What more could a busy working mom ask for?
Since I've started taking focus+, I've found that my productivity, energy, and mood have improved dramatically.* From tackling work tasks to spending quality time with my family, mbg's focus supplement really enables me to have it all!
For work-life balance and consistent, sustained energy, I can't recommend focus+ enough.*
Elena Sukacheva is the President of mindbodygreen. Her career spans consumer, media and management consulting industries. Ms. Sukacheva has held various leadership roles at premier companies including President of Flywheel Sports, Chief Marketing Officer at Ferrara Candy Company, Chief Commercial Officer for the Economist Group, Head of Strategy for Beverages division at Kraft Foods, and Associate Principal at McKinsey & Co. She was named the Corporate Visionary by the Folio magazine in 2015. Ms. Sukacheva holds a B.A. from Moscow State University, M.A. from Wayne State University, and MBA from University of Chicago. Ms. Sukacheva resides in New York with her family.