10 Tips to Keep Your Energy Throughout the Day and Be More Productive
Posted by Guest Author on April 11, 2012 in Small Business Efficiency [ 2 Comments ]
Everyone in business wants to get more done every day, and few can deny that our productivity is directly affected by our energy level. Here are 10 tips to keep your energy up and help you go strong throughout the day.
Working out first thing in the morning will get the endorphins and blood going in your body. This increases your energy level and sets you up for a strong start to your day. While you may find it difficult to get up 30 minutes to an hour earlier each day to fit in this morning exercise, after a few days you’ll be glad you did. It can take up to 30 days for your body to set a new habit. So expect your body to resist the change. But know it will be well worth it.
Breakfast of Champions
While this may seem like common sense, a pop tart or cereal high in sugar with a glass of juice isn’t the best way to treat your body early in the morning. Start your day with a glass of water and a good healthy breakfast. If you can find time for some eggs and fruit, your body will thank you. Come on, it’s the breakfast of champions people! If you can’t be bothered to cook such gourmet foods in the morning, aim for oatmeal or granola with fruit. Your body and mind needs the right kind of energy to start functioning in an optimal state.
Give Me Coffee!
A cup of coffee first thing in the morning after your workout does wonders. It’s coffee. Need I say more! The caffeine gives you a shot of energy to wake up your mind and body. Just refrain from ordering a super venti charamelio whipped cream jumbo beverage 3 times a day and you should be good.
Chunk Your Day
That’s chunk, as in block or piece. Not chuck, as is throw away the day. There are only 1440 minutes in a day. That’s just 96 15 minute blocks. Each 15 minute block is roughly 1 percent of your day. The most productive professionals, whether you’re a sales executive, life coach, or working a marketing job, are experts at working in blocks of time. Just because your online calendar defaults 30 minutes to 1 hour for every event you enter into it doesn’t mean that’s what’s actually needed. Try looking at your day and putting it into blocks of 15 minutes. You’ll see that you’ll get more done when you work in smaller more concentrated pieces.
Close the Door
Distractions surround us. The phone rings. An event reminder pops up. A new email. Someone knocks on the door. Another email. Another call. Meeting time. Another email. How can you actually get work done with all of this? The answer is to shut out all distractions. Want to really become productive? Turn your phone off. Close your email program. Walk away from your computer or be sure not to check any other websites. Now try working on your priority task of the day for 1 hour straight. You’ll be amazed at how much more you get done and how much energized you’ll feel.
Take a Hike
Actually, a walk will do. Take a break from working and walk around the block. Go for a stroll. Smell the roses. Some of our best thinking is done when we’re away from the office. This is not only important for creativity, it re-energizes us and gets us ready to get back to work feeling more focused.
Get Out of the Building
That’s right. Get out! Set a time to meet with clients, colleagues, mentors or other people you look up to. A change from your regular work environment is healthy. You’ll often find yourself walking away from a meeting feeling inspired and motivated to get back to work with a stronger sense of purpose. This is especially important for business consultants and professionals that tend to work alone.
One of the most important factors in retaining energy is being well hydrated. Always keep a water bottle or glass of water at your desk. You’ve heard it before, drink at least 8 cups of water a day, is a statement you should pay attention to. If you haven’t been doing that, give it a try.
Crank Up the Music
Never underestimate the power of music. You know the feeling when you turn up the volume of your favorite track. Just as you rock out to tunes as you work out, bring some of that energy to your work by listening to your favorite music throughout the day. Even if it’s just a track you love, when you’re feeling sluggish, crank up the music.
Read a book or magazine that you enjoy. Doing this will get your mind off of your work and also has the benefit of inspiring you so that you can get back to your work feeling full of energy. If you’re reading material directly related to your work you’ll also find new ideas and solutions to your problems popping up as you read.
Have a Plan
As I wrote at the start of this article, to be productive you need to maintain your energy throughout the day. Another critical factor in being productive is having a plan. Before you go to bed the previous night or first thing in the morning, write down what you want to accomplish that next day. Group items into priority and always try to tackle the most daunting task first so you can get it out of the way instead of putting it off. Your plan not only keeps you on track it allows you to move from one task to the next more efficiently without letting your energy level drag.
To increase your energy level and become more productive you don’t need to implement all of these ideas right away. Start by choosing 2 or 3 of them and give them a solid go for a week or two. Once you’ve mastered them and are feeling more comfortable, continue by adding the others. In a short time, you’ll be getting more done each and every day.
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Michael Zipursky is an author of 5 books including the Consulting Fees Guide. He is also the co-founder of FreshGigs.ca, a jobsite specializing in marketing, design and media jobs in Canada. His work has been featured in FOX Business, the Financial Times, HR Executive and other media.