Do you ever look at another person and wonder how they seem to "do it all"? How they have enough time or energy for everything they fit into a day? Chances are, they are able to do a tremendous amount in their day - by choice - and so can you.
I listened to this podcast recently on 10 Practical Ways to Boost Your Energy Level, and if you have 30 minutes and are interested in the topic I'd recommend it.
It got me thinking, and I made my own list of 10 items I find personally help my energy levels when I do them. My "Monday Meditation" this week is to keep this list displayed where I can see it and try to check them off each day.
- Exercise ~ It doesn't have to be an intense hour at the gym, a simple 30 minutes to up my heart-rate gives me energy.
- Start each day with intention ~ This means have a goal or intention in mind for that day. For example, I might choose to complete a big project at work, or it may just be to take time for myself. Giving each day a focus helps me stay on track to that objective, and at end of the day, I've accomplished what I set out to.
- Prioritize my to-do list ~ You know I'm big on to-do lists, and I find I'm most productive when my to-do list is prioritized and manageable. For me this usually means picking 1-3 things to get done and focusing on those.
- Create the right environment ~ By this I mean both in attitude and in experience. For example, if I want to have time to be creative and blog, I may go to a favorite coffee shop. Or if I want to cook a really nice meal, I'll first start with a clean kitchen, music on, and candles lit.
- Eat the right portions ~ I would say to eat healthfully, but I also think portion size is huge part of sustaining energy. If I eat too much, even if it is healthful food, I can feel sluggish. If I don't eat enough, I feel weak. I now try to eat 3 meals a day, and have small protein-rich snacks when hungry.
- Drink enough water ~ Funny story, I used to work for a client whose number one product is soda, and so soda is all everyone drank, including myself. I seriously don't know how I survived that year; but I know it was with constant caffeine withdrawal headaches. Now if I don't drink enough water (which for me is about 70 oz), I feel my energy slump.
- Be my best self ~ When I'm focused on being the best I can be is when I'm most happy, enthused, and energetic. No draining comparisons that don't get you anywhere.
- Get outside ~ As someone who works from home, there are some days I don't go outside until it's time to walk the dog at 5pm. I hate when this happens; it goes beyond an energy slump and starts to depress me as well. I'm thinking about volunteering to take the pup out in the morning just so I can get some guaranteed fresh air at the start of my day.
- Unwind before bed ~ I'll admit this is the one I have the most difficulty with, but I love the way it makes me feel when I do. I like to have a cup of tea, read for a while, then wash up for bed. I find I sleep more soundly, and wake up in the right frame of mind.
- Get enough sleep ~ Seven and a half hours is my magic number. I feel energized and not groggy. I can tell a huge difference in my energy level even if I miss out on just 30 minutes.