It would be great if all us could work at peak performance all the way through the day, but invariably we slump and feel tired. Maybe your slump is before lunch, or after lunch, maybe it hits you mid-afternoon. Instead of giving in to the fact that there are times during the day when we’re only able to just get by, there are ways to help compensate so you’re working with more equal amounts of energy throughout the day. Here are a few tips to help you energize your days.
Mirror your tasks with your energy levels
Most people are at their best mid-morning and mid afternoon so it’s a good idea to organize your to-do list around your energy levels. Save the most complicated, mentally draining tasks for the times when you’re best equipped to handle them. That way, instead of letting them drag you down and making you even more tired you’ll breeze through them.
Energizing through movement
You don’t have to start doing jumping jacks at your desk, (although that would be cool) but you should get up. Go for a walk around the office. Get outside and walk around the building, find some excuse to walk up and down the stairs for a few minutes. It doesn’t really matter what you do, just make a point of doing something, several times a day. Any type of physical movement will boost your energy and alertness.
Close your eyes
Don’t close them under your desk in the middle of a nap, close them as part of a quick meditation. Here are a few examples of mindfulness meditation exercises, a great way to restore your energy levels during the day.
Skip the extra hit of caffeine
Instead of actually providing more energy, what coffee does is mask the effects of low energy levels, so it’s best to avoid getting into the habit of using it as a go-to pick-me-up.
Don’t forget the importance of a good night’s sleep
You might think you’re functioning just fine on only a few hours sleep but studies have shown that being sleep deprived has the same impact on your brain as a couple of glasses of wine. Check out these 10 Things to Hate about Sleep Loss from WebMD. The best way to power through the day is to get more rest through the night!
What do you choose to do with your life? Are you pursing a career in sales? In the medical profession? Marketing? Do you want to be working with your hands or do you prefer a behind the scenes job? What you choose doesn’t matter as much as feeling good about your choice.
No matter what it is we’ve chosen, not everyone is going to agree. For instance you might really love numbers and want to work as an accountant, while your mother, the lawyer, believes you could have a fantastic career in law. You know she’s right, you could also make a career for yourself as a lawyer, but it is not what you want to do. You don’t believe that in the long term that will bring you fulfillment.
When a teacher or a counsellor doesn’t agree with our choices, it’s easy to discount their opinion and keep working toward our ambitions. When it’s a parent or friend that disagrees with our decisions it’s harder to stay the course.
You should absolutely listen to the opinions of others and consider their viewpoints, but in the end you have to remember this is your life. To make the most of it, you should be happy with your choices. Sometimes that means standing up to friends and family and saying, No I choose something else.
When you were a kid maybe you wanted to be an astronaut or a mega superstar singing sensation, or an inventor – whatever it was, you were probably really excited about the idea of this amazing career you were going to have. The fabulous things you were going to do with your life, the thrill of everything that lay ahead of you.
Maybe some of you are still on the inventor path, but most are probably working toward something a little more commonplace. No matter what your career choice or the path you’ve chosen to follow, how do you feel about this life you’ve created for yourself?
Are you excited to get up everyday? Do you bring enthusiasm to what you’re doing?
Even if you are not exactly working toward the career of your dreams it is still important to find something to be enthusiastic about every day.
Maybe you like everything about what you’re doing, maybe half and maybe only a little. Maybe your enthusiasm resides in things you do outside of work, with friends for example, or a cause you volunteer with. Whatever it is that you like, focus on that. Make it your reason for jumping out of bed. By focusing on what brings you happiness, the things you don’t like feel less negative and the things you like even more positive.
Your attitude about your life is what will determine the life you are going to lead. Your position, your pay are not the ultimate determiners of your happiness. Your attitude is.
By choosing enthusiasm, by focusing on the bright moments – and there will invariably be bright moments, every day has the potential to lead you to infinity and beyond.
No one wants to fail. Sometimes it feel like failure is the worst thing in the world. And maybe it is for that moment. But from rock bottom the only place to go is up. This week we share how rising up from devastating failure helped J.K. Rowling become one of the most successful writers of her generation.
Do you consider yourself a go-getter? Do you have drive, passion and motivation about your job or are you one of the many who go to work and then go home? Actions speak louder than words. It’s one thing to say that you want to be successful but it’s another to actually act on it. If you are a go-getter, you know the trials, tribulations and failures that go along with achieving your goals. Here’s five tips on how switch from a go-hoper a go-getter:
1) Accept failure & move forward
Know that there will be bumps along the way and handle it with grace. Nothing comes easy and if you have your eye on the prize, forget the bumps and move on!
2) Never give up
Like we just mentioned, even if one thing doesn’t work out, something else will. Focus on the things that do work which will get you closer to the finish line.
3) Always be positive
Dwelling on the negatives will only set you back. Tell yourself that you can achieve it. Good things happen to positive people!
4) Be aggressive (in a professional way)
Everyone is capable of doing anything. But there’s a difference between the people who go after what they want and the ones who just sit there and don’t bother. Try to network and do things outside the box – don’t be shy. It’ll be worth it in the end.
5) Do something everyday
Set small goals and do something that will lead you to your long-term goal. Do something productive everyday to keep your mind active.
Barack Obama was the first black president of the United States. Before that he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. In between those (among other things) he was a civil rights attorney and professor. Obama is a man who has made a career out of working for the good of others, while at the same time elevating himself to the most highly regarded job in the land.
Obama didn’t realize the heights of success he achieved because of the people he knew. Doors were not automatically opened for him when he stepped in front of them. He decided what he wanted to do with his life and then he set to work. He first grabbed everyone’s attention by running for and winning the US senate in 2004. Five years later he was ready for the job he’d been preparing for his whole life. He ran for the presidency and won by a landslide.
Whether you’ve got your sights set on the presidency, a promotion, or your very first job, the advice is the same. Work hard, meet your responsibilities and you will get ahead – no matter what you look like or who you love.
Despite our best intentions and unbeatable motivation at the outset, sometimes we just run out of gas with our goals and get overwhelmed with – I can’t.
Feeling like you can’t do something and actually not being able to do it are two very different things. Sometimes it comes down to a question of changing your mindset. Check out this article about embracing a new mindset from Lifehack.