You’ve been reading articles and blogs about how to effectively plan your day for as long as you can remember. You set an effective morning routine. You only check your emails at designated times. You muted all social media alerts on your phone. But, somehow, you still can’t manage to be productive. Sound familiar? What if I told you that productivity has less to do with your time management and more to do with your personal energy?
Think about it: when you’re at your most productive, is it when you’re groggy and tired, or is it when you’re bursting with energy and excited about the day? If you don’t have the drive to get the task done, it’s not going to happen. Period. Because everyone has a different life and unique ways of prioritizing, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. There are a few key things, however, that everyone can do to increase their personal energy:
Get enough sleep.
Sleep is life. Without it, there is absolutely no hope of even thinking clearly, much less having a productive day. If your sleep quality has been lacking, try these simple tricks:
- Turn off electronics at least an hour before you go to bed.
- Sleep in a completely dark room – get blackout curtains is you need them.
- Keep the room at a comfortable temperature – studies have repeatedly shown that a cooler room leads to better sleep.
- Take naps! It may seem counter-productive, but a mid-day nap can really help get you back on track.
We all know sugary processed foods can make us gain weight, but did you also know that they can be a real drag on your energy? Next time you want to reach for that bag of Oreos, try one of these instead:
- Lean proteins, such as white meat chicken or canned tuna
- Healthy fats, such as nuts or avocado
- Fruits and vegetables
- Low-fat dairy, like a Greek yogurt or a couple of part-skim cheese sticks
Drink plenty of water.
Being dehydrated can totally drain you of energy. Try starting your day out with a full glass of water before you do anything else, and keep it up for the rest of the day.
It doesn’t take moving around to help you get going. Just a few minutes a day is enough to help raise endorphins and boost your energy level. Try taking micro-breaks throughout the day for a quick 5-minute walk or some stretching.
Our lives are short, and we all try to cram as much into them as is humanly possible. Next time you’re stressing about deadlines, though, maybe you should stop and take a nap instead of trying to power through it. Your body will thank you with renewed energy, and a clearer focus, when you wake up!
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