Energy is Everything
Do you perform better at a certain time of the day? That is when your energy is highest. You can keep up that pace by re-energizing yourself throughout the day.
Our bodies naturally go in cycles where they need to recharge every 90 minutes or so. Pushing through it with coffee or sheer will is not the answer. Kevin Kruse, author of 15 Secrets of Successful People Know about Time Management, gives a few suggestions to get yourself in the habit of recharging your body.
If you can break your schedule down to 25 minutes of focused work, followed by 5 minutes of physically activity, you will feel much better. During that 5 minutes, drink a glass of water (also very good for you) or do an exercise. Change it up with a different exercise every break.
I received a Fitbit watch for Christmas that buzzes at 10 minutes to the hour if I haven’t gotten in my 250 steps in that hour. My husband is getting used to seeing me walking a random path around the house, sometimes stopping to do jumping jacks or stretches. It feels good to get up and move around. Not only does it recharge my brain, it saves my back from too much sitting in one position.
You can break your work/break schedule at 25, 60, or 90 minutes. Whatever is comfortable for you. The point is to move and recharge. If it’s easier for you, try setting a timer.
Other things that can increase your energy include getting enough sleep, minimizing alcohol, minimize caffeine, eat fewer processed food, and maintaining a healthy weight. You already knew that, right?
Try this and let me know how it works for you.