So many times, we think to ourselves “I wish I had more time during the day.” but, if we did have extra time, we would still be wanting more. The problem here is not about time, it's about the level of energy we have when we do have the free time.
When we can break down the components that make up our energy, we then can start to take responsibility on our energy level. Think about a phone battery. Just like phones, humans have a finite amount of energy to use each day before becoming depleted.
Take a moment and write down a list of 3 things that either gives you energy or takes away from your energy.
Here are a few different states of mind that have an impact on your energy level:
Try to prevent getting angry. Anger is something that zaps your energy very quickly. How many times have you experienced being angry about something and then had no energy after the fact? That feeling is exactly how I feel two hours after drinking a red bull. Major energy crash. Anger is a secondary emotion. What does this mean? Typically, one of the primary emotions, like fear or sadness, can be found underneath the anger. Fear includes things like anxiety and worry, and sadness comes from the experience of loss, disappointment or discouragement. – In moments when you’re angry or after the fact, it’s good to be able to break down the anger so that you can pinpoint where it is originating from, somehow that process helps it lose its power.
Not letting Fear drag you down. I have a quote on my mirror that says: “Life is a dance between what you desire most and what you fear most.” Being an entrepreneur in itself is scary. My advice would be to focus on the outcome instead of the fear in the experience & surround yourself with people who are not living in fear but going after their dreams and people who encourage you to live out your full potential.
Humor & laughter really help our energy levels. Think about ways that you can bring some of that to your work environment. Throwing out the over seriousness and letting yourself be comfortable enough to laugh.
Enthusiasm and passion. this state of mind feeds your energy level. When you condition yourself to do activities that give you more energy, whether it be listening to a certain playlist, podcast, go on a run, whatever it is that gives you that enthusiasm & passion, cultivate that. Write down 1-5 things or activities that give you this enthusiasm and passion
Letting go. Holding on to past mistakes (both your own and others), will just drag you down and zap your energy. This one is a bit tricky because you can’t let go of something unless you’ve let yourself fully process that difficult experience. So, a precursor of letting go is to let yourself process.
Stop the self-criticism. When you learn to truly accept yourself, beautiful things happen.I have a journal exercise for you: This next week I want you to take a notepad with you, you can put it in your purse or your car... Become self-aware of your inner chatter. What are you saying and thinking of yourself, others and of your future? What do you believe? Once you become aware of that, start writing it down. The minute you bring up something that is fearful, something that is negative, talking about someone else, start writing that down. Then replace it with a thought that is powerfully positive. For example: I could say “I’m not worthy of love.” It might be a sub conscience thought that starts with “ugh I hate my body, I am not the weight I want to be, I am not worthy of love, you’re not going to love me.” No. replace that thought with “I am beautiful, my body is amazing and I’m doing my best to work on it every day.” This is a very long process. Really be aware of your “I am” statements, they are so important. What are you I am statements? are you being kind to yourself?
Actions that help you get energy:
People. Certain people drain our energy just like certain people give us energy. Be aware of the people you spend the most time with. They say you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Think about it in a physical sense. Like when you’re playing volleyball. Each person on your team will drastically affect whether you win. If you surround yourself with people who are ahead of you in areas that you want to become better at, you are more likely to grow. - Something to think about...
Water. How much water do you drink a day? The health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember. - How many of you bring a water bottle to work?
Breaks every 90 minutes. A very easy way to run out of energy is to not take breaks. If you’re anything like me, you get going on a project and can’t seem to break out of it. Not taking breaks is counterproductive because you need breaks to be effective. Exercise is very important, I like to go on a brief walk when I have my breaks.
Comfort zone. Write down 1 to 3 things that you can think of in your schedule to do in the coming month that are out of your comfort zone. For me: Interpreting every week for an hour at bible study, giving a 30-minute presentation to a room full of successful people, those are a few. It’s important to do things outside of your comfort zone occasionally but you want to make sure you aren’t in a career that makes you live outside of your comfort zone because this is not healthy, and you will constantly be energy depleted.
Get involved in work that lets you use your specific talents and that makes you happy. Actively participating in work that you enjoy will increase your energy. Here are mine, what are yours?
Need to be around people,
Need to help people
Need to constantly be learning something new
Random thoughts to consider:
Your brain only has the capacity to make up to conscious 200 decisions per day. – I always pick out my outfit the night before to conserve my energy in the morning because I am not a morning person and, on the nights when I forget to do this, my mornings do not start out on a good foot.
Temptation bundling. Think of ways during your day to use temptation Bundling to your advantage.