How I increased my energy and productivity…and how you can too! (10 steps)
A while ago I was constantly feeling tired and discouraged in almost all of my daily activities. I blamed the low amount of energy I had during these 17 hours of activeness. And I was actually right! So I stopped complaining and did something about it.
So, why do you need more energy? Well, without it you simply cannot feel positive and productive. This is why I want to share with you 10 things that helped me achieve more physical and mental energy. Hopefully they will help you too!
Let’s take a look at the physical aspect of energy!
1. Water is your fuel!
Drink more water! I know you’re thinking: “I obviously do that already!” But is it enough? I cannot tell you how many people I know who drink less than say only 500ml — 1L a day. That’s what I used to do. Now I don’t go out without my bottle of water…sometimes two. Staying hydrated = more energy.
2. Eat fresh and healthy!
It doesn’t mean that you have to change your diet completely, but it wouldn’t hurt, if you started adding some raw, rich in vitamins foods to your meals like a salad or a fresh fruit juice. Sometimes only the fact that you eat healthy motivates you.
3. Good quality “charge”
That’s right. We’re talking about sleep. It’s obviously super important. Good quality sleep is often healthier than a long one. A tip I could give you is not to use technology straight before falling asleep. Another practical one is to put your phone on “airplane mode” for the night. And no…this is not some kind of witchcraft. It’s science. Technology does have an effect on your body.
4. Don’t multitask!
Humans are not designed to multitask. There are so many things I have to do throughout the day and I sometimes think I’ll save time by doing 2 or 3 at once. And then I realize that multitasking makes executing harder. So a good advice would be to organize your daily tasks in lists and notes. You are not a fan of this kind of order? That’s fine. Just try doing one thing at a time.
5. Passion > tiredness
Okay now, by mentioning the word “passion”, we’re slowly moving to the second part of this article: mental power…despite the fact that this point is still associated with physical energy at some level…Anyway…
Do the thing you love more often. In my case playing the guitar is my biggest passion. When I get home after a busy day in school, I really want to practice. However, I am exhausted and playing the guitar doesn’t even seem physically possible. Even so, I pick up the guitar and after a couple of minutes all of the sudden I am full of energy and motivation. Sometimes you get energy by spending energy…if that makes sense. Give it a try!
So we’ve already covered 5 ways of achieving more physical energy. However, I think having the psychological power is actually much more important. If you manage to combine the best of both worlds, you’ll win.
Stop complaining. Period. It’s that simple. If I asked you right now to tell me all of the stupid things you complain about every day, I’m sure that would be a long list. Complaining about negative things, you have no control over, doesn’t do anything for you besides taking your energy and positivity away. It all changes, when you realize that you’re wasting your energy while nobody is listening. You can complain. Just don’t TALK about it. Do you see the difference?
7. Awkward situations
We all have them. Can you imagine how much energy is wasted on thinking about the stupid thing you said to a stranger, cashier, or a friend? Saying “mom” to the teacher, walking in the wrong class, saying “bye” to someone and then realizing you’re going in the same direction…we’ve all done it. Next time this happens, try not to think about it and just let it go. It helps. :)
8. You DO have time!
How many times “I don’t have time” happens to be your excuse? The truth is, you DO have time. Even if it’s just about 20–30 minutes a day as a whole. It’s something. Try to use the time you usually spend doing nothing to get a task done. Every day, when I’m on the bus, for example, I try to check my emails, sometimes finish part of a homework, etc. In fact, half of this article has been written on my way to school! Having said that, you obviously don’t want to burn yourself out or multitask (a little throwback to point 4). Have breaks during the day, of course, but keep this suggestion in mind.
9. Toxic people
Negative, toxic and loud people in your environment have a huge impact on your energy and positivity. It’s a good idea to cut them out of your life or spend less time around them. If that seems impossible for some reason (e.g. you are in the same class), then try bringing more positive people into your life.
To me, this is the most important part of the article. Think about your goals as often as possible. And I mean thinking about the most MICRO goal, but also about the most MACRO goal. Every day I think how I will eventually be able to play a certain difficult song on the guitar, but I also think how I’m going to have my dream business and be endorsed by my favorite guitar company “Chapman guitars” someday. Does it sound too ambitious? Probably. I still remind myself that I can achieve them by putting in the hard work. And that gives me an enormous amount of energy and positivity.
I really hope these 10 points helped you understand the importance of having the combination between physical and mental energy. They definitely helped me, so I highly recommended implementing them in your daily routine. Please share this article with a friend who needs to read it! Have a great day! :)