Do you rely on coffee to boost your energy in the morning or after lunch when you feel like you could use a siesta?
I used to think that I wouldn’t survive an afternoon without coffee!
But since I started working from home, where I don’t have a coffee machine (deliberately!), I realised there were a lot of other ways to keep my energy intact and stay productive throughout the day.
I’ve been experimenting with my habits for some time now and instead of inventing something new, I tried to eliminate a few things and see what would happen. I was impressed by the results. I learned to listen to my body more and balance my energy levels in such a way that helps me stay focused and productive whenever I need it most.
So here are the 5 things I stopped doing to get more energy:
- Drinking alcohol. Not only it used to cause me bad headaches the next day, but also meant I could have crossed that day from my calendar as I would do close to nothing. When I became a life coach, I couldn’t afford to have such days anymore. I was conscious of bringing my best to the sessions with my clients, so I chose not to drink before those. And over time I happened not to drink for 2-3 consecutive months. I noticed a significant impact it had on my body. I found it easier to concentrate, stay energised, and in the flow. And the need for a glass of wine after a bad day has slowly disappeared. I still would have a drink on occasions, but Saturday night is not considered one anymore. And I take breaks from drinking alcohol for up to 3 months.
- Keeping my phone in the bedroom. This has been a life-changing habit. Not only I stopped scrolling through my Instagram feed at night, but I also got to wake up without snoozing my alarm. Because I have to go all the way to another room in the morning to switch it off! I would have felt really bad if I’d jumped back to bed after. So I don’t! It was a tremendous effort at first, but I am so grateful I persisted with this idea. Now I feel like it’s always been this way.
- Staying up late into the night. I always thought of myself as a night owl, hence stayed up till 12-1 am and woke up around 8 am. Which meant I wasn’t productive until 11 am, and then the day would be gone leaving me to feel frustrated with a bunch of unfinished tasks. Hence to become more efficient I had to change that! And I made myself into a morning person. I wake up at 6 am to my already established morning routine, and get to work feeling energised and fully focused at 9 am.
- Saying “yes” to the meetings I don’t want to attend, be it private or work-related. As simple as that… there is no point trying to be in many places at the same time. I learned to listen to myself and prioritise my needs. Being able to say No is a crucial skill in every area of life. We need to be more protective of our energy and be selective about activities and people we choose to spend it on.
- Reading/watching the news. As our news is never happy, I decided there was no need to add more items to my “to-worry-about” list. However, my husband still reads the important updates and shares them with me, so I am not completely detached from the world.
Now it’s your turn. What could you stop / or maybe start doing that would have a significant impact on your energy level and productivity?
Maybe you’ve already been successfully practicing some of the above. Let me know!
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