Here's the deal: the more energy you have, the more you will be able to focus and the more productive you will be.
Finding enough energy to get through the work day, however, can be challenging in today’s fast-paced world. And what about having energy left over at night for your spouse or children? Or, if you're single, a mesmerizing episode of Planet Earth II on Netflix?
Our work often requires more of our attention and effort with little - or no - pay increase to go along with it. Often, a company's attitude is that you should be lucky you have a job.
If you work for yourself, it can be even more stressful and draining, without the benefit of just a 40-hour week.
Being in control of your energy and having the ability to increase it is powerful. When you're in charge of your energy levels, you are better equipped to handle whatever life (and work) throws your way.
It doesn't stop the work from piling up.
It also doesn’t make the deadlines go away.
But, having more energy will create an ideal environment for you to stay focused, and that naturally leads to higher productivity. Here are four of the best ways to boost your energy for better productivity:
1. Get more sleep.
This is the single largest reason why people will lose their energy throughout the day: not getting enough sleep, or not getting quality sleep.
Start keeping a sleep journal and review how you're feeling every couple of weeks.
2. Limit your use of alcohol.
People who consume two or three glasses of wine or a couple of glasses of hard alcohol, tend to fall asleep quickly at night, but they often don't go into a deep, restorative sleep due to the alcohol. This causes them to wake up in the middle of the night, and often have a difficult time falling back to sleep.
Where can you be more mindful of your alcohol use (if you currently drink)?
3. Move your body more.
If you are not in shape, your energy levels will be naturally low. Therefore, you need to get some exercise and do it frequently. When you make it a habit, it will become easier. In fact, after a certain point, you will desire to head to the gym because it makes you feel better!
The good news is you don’t have to do extreme exercises to get great benefits. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise, and it's something that can be done during your lunch break. Try using the stairs at work rather than elevators. If you can take a walk at lunch, it's great for both your body and your mental health!
How many steps can you intentionally add to your daily step count?
4. Eat high-quality food.
No information about the increase of energy would be complete without discussing what you put in your body as fuel. High-carb foods are going to drag you down. A balanced diet is important - try for a variety of colors on your plate for the best visual assessment of 'healthy.'
And, let's be real, here: be sure to manage your portion sizes.
Before you make major changes, however, see your doctor. Also, don’t try to make these changes all in one period. Proceed gradually for best results.
What is one way you can add more healthy variety to your meals this week?
Let me know what you're planning to do this week in the comments below. Please share this with your social networks - everyone else deserves to be productive, too!