Energizing Your Days

energizing your days

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!

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Three Easy Steps To Increased Productivity

Three Easy Steps To Increased Productivity

 

Sometimes in the middle of trying to do all the things you need to attend to, it feels like all you’re doing is treading water while the to-do list floats all around you. We’ve got three small tips to help you get more daily tasks to shore.

 

Take control of your emails

Emails are like tiny time suckers. If you take the time to respond to every single one that floats into your inbox the second it floats in, you lose focus on what you’re doing, and then you have to take the time to yourself back into the swim of it things and the day gets away from you in small beeping chunks.

 

If you decide to respond later and then forget about the waiting emails, then that becomes a problem too.

 

The best thing to do is take control of the emails. Don’t stop what you’re doing every time one comes through, but do respond to them – at a time convenient to you.

 

Unless an email is absolutely urgent, deal with them in bunches at allotted times. That way instead of breaking your concentration every ten minutes, you’re dedicating 15 minutes chunks to emails throughout the day, and dedicating longer uninterrupted chunks to everything else.

 

Make the most of your commute

If you’re someone who has a long train or bus commute to work, that’s a great time to get through small chunks of work. Your commute is a great time to tackle a few emails. You answer them there and then  and save yourself all that time later.

 

No matter what task you tackle on the train, it will be a more productive hour than mindlessly trolling Facebook.

 

Determine your most productive hours

Different people are at their peak efficiency at different times of the day. Some are most productive after lunch when they’re full and happy. Others are most focused first thing in the morning. While others hit their peak efficiency after they’ve settled in and have been at work for an hour or two.

 

Figure out your optimum work time, and set yourself goals of doing larger or more demanding projects at that specific time.

 

Working according to your body’s natural rhythms is useful for getting things finished. Give yourself small easy tasks when you know your brain is on autopilot, and save the more complex things for when you’re at your mental best.

 

Decision Time

Decision Time

 

Do you have any projects on the backburner? Things you intend to do? Things you’ve started, but haven’t got around to finishing yet? Things you hope to one day do? How important are those things? How long have they been relegated to the backburner?

 

The limits for perpetual time

The sun comes up every morning and goes down every night. The predictability of life makes it seem somehow perpetual. If I don’t do this thing today, I can to it tomorrow. If I can’t get to it this week, I will get to it next week. In reality, the only time we ever know we have for sure is right now. This very moment.

 

Even though it sometimes seems like we have all the time in the world to do those things we mean to do, we really don’t. If we don’t purposefully allot a specific time to a specific task, chances are it will never make it from the backburner to the front burner. Chances are it will never get off the stove.

 

If you are not doing this thing you want to do now, when are you going to do it? Give a backburner project its moment by scheduling it in. Decide what you are going to do with your time. Don’t plan to do things some time. Plan to do them in specific times.

 

Consistently move things from the backburner to the front burner and off the stove entirely. Make way for new things. Take charge of your time and keep your life fresh and invigorated.

 

Use your time wisely. Decide what to do with it.

What You Don’t Do Is As Important As What You Do

What You Don’t Do Is As Important As What You Do

 

Everyone knows the importance of To-Do lists for keeping themselves on track and ensuring that nothing falls through the cracks. Often lost in the shadow of the powerful To-Do List is the less recognized but also important To-Don’t List.

 

You may not have heard of the To-Don’t List so let us explain. It’s a list of things you don’t want to do everyday. Things that hold you back, that drain your energy and productivity. That waste your time.

 

Here’s a quick overview of why a To-Don’t List can help you Avoid Time-Wasting or Repetitive Tasks from Lifehacker

 

Not only will creating a To-Don’t List help you remember all the things that hold you back, it will also help you clarify the things you want to add to your daily To-Do List.

 

Same as a To-Do list, your To-Don’t list needs to be personalized to your lifestyle and habits. Unlike a To-Do list that will probably change daily, a To-Don’t list is normally updated much less frequently, because of instead of being a list of specific things you need to do everyday, it’s more like a general list of things you don’t want to do everyday. So it will likely only get revised when you realize there’s something else that needs to be added to it.

 

Once you’ve got the To-Don’t List that works for you, post it where you can see it everyday.

 

Here are a few examples of things on our To-Don’t List:

 

Don’t stop what you’re doing every time an email comes through

Emails are like buses. They come through all day long and there’s always another one coming. Some of them are important, some less important and some are out and out time wasters.

 

No matter which category a specific email falls into, when you stop what you’re doing to attend to it you’re breaking the flow of whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish. Your concentration gets broken, you start thinking about other things and it takes time to get yourself back in the right mindset to finish what you were working on – and then another email shows up. Better to let the emails line up at the bus terminal and finish what you’re working on before taking a ride.

 

Don’t always fall back on what’s worked before

Learning shortcuts for doing things is great. But sometimes doing things the way you’ve always done them doesn’t give you the opportunity to come up with new, better ways of doing things. Pay close enough attention to what you’re doing to recognize when it’s time to try a different approach.

 

Don’t put off till tomorrow

“How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?” Just because we don’t like doing something doesn’t make it any less important. Instead of putting off things we don’t want to do or are afraid to do, it’s better to simply deal with them as they come up. Today.

 

Don’t dwell on the past

The past is full of positives and negatives. Dwelling on the past steals focus away from the present. Learn from it and then move on.

 

Don’t let yourself get dragged down by negative people

Negative people can drain your energy, and send you into your own negative feedback loop. Stay vigilant with your attitude. Recognize when you’re being influenced by someone else’s negativity and push the re-set button.

 

Not sure how to go about creating your To-Don’t List? Here are some suggestions from Allen Gannett in TNW News. The To-Don’t List: Things you will NOT do

 

Now it’s your turn. What’s on your To-Don’t List? Where are you going to put it so you’ll see it everyday?

All You Need Is A Minute

All You Need Is A Minute

We’ve all got a list of things to do every day. Some days we get through some things, some days everything, and some days none. That’s to be expected. We can’t always accomplish everything we want to do, but do you ever notice that some things keep moving from to-do list, to to-do list day after day without ever getting done?

 

The reason some things never get scratched off the list is because they seem so big and daunting. Oftentimes when a project or task feels overwhelming we put it aside until we feel mentally and physically ready to deal with it. Then by not dealing with it, the thing gets the added weight of a psychological barrier against doing it and we’re even less inclined to tackle it.

 

No matter what the size of your task, whether you’re prepared to do it or would rather put it off indefinitely, there’s a little trick that can completely change your perspective on it.

 

Give it a minute

Rather than getting intimidated or overwhelmed by the size of a project, deal with it in small, easy to manage segments. Essentially the trick is to only commit to one minute.

 

Set a timer and devote a single minute to your task. At the end of the minute you will have some sort of result. It probably won’t be a huge result, but it will be something. At that point you can either decide to come back and give your task another minute tomorrow or you can keep going. The hardest part of any project is getting started.

 

One minute is enough time to start, it’s enough time to put you into the proper mindset to get on with your task. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish by committing to a single minute!