Stop Focusing on Time: How to Manage and Increase Your Energy Levels
It’s impossible for me to go a day without seeing someone complain about their lack of time on my Facebook newsfeed. What’s interesting is that we all have 24 hours in a day, but some people just get so much more done.
Notes that focusing on time leads to counterproductive tactics to speed up your work. You end up sacrificing healthy nutrition, sleeping patterns, and natural energy by attempting to amp up your productivity and save time. The result is lower energy levels, which cause poor decision making, reduced efficiency, and crashed thinking.
Placing your focus on time centers your day on getting things done. Centering yourself on energy levels emphasizes results:
- Use the 80/20 rule: only 20% of your actions lead to 80% of your results. For example, if you run a small business, maybe 20% of your customers yield 80% of your profit. Focus most of your energy on that which produces the most results.
- Do essential work during productive hours: most people tend to have a period during the day when they work most efficiently. Identify that time, and accomplish your most important projects during those heightened energy levels. Usually the morning and early afternoon are most productive.
- Mono-task: multitasking simply is not efficient for human beings, despite the fact that most people feel they get more done. Studies show that multitasking causes a 40% loss of productivity for most people, with only 2% of the population able to do it effectively.
- Limit the decisions you have to make: famously, Albert Einstein bought the same suits of clothes so that he did not have to expend mental energy deciding what to wear. Having to make too many decisions crushes your energy levels, so eliminate choices that are unnecessary.
- Cut all non-essentials: similarly, eliminating things that waste time will pump up energy levels. If you waste time chatting with people, surfing the internet, or playing games, cut those activities and stick to the essentials.
- Delegate: if you are making $800 dollars a day with your business, it makes no sense to waste your time cutting your grass, when a kid down the street would do it for $15. Focus your time on what you do best and on what makes you the most money, and allow others to do the trivial work.
Science shows that certain habits will supercharge your energy levels, so add these to your daily routine:
- Sleep: most people need to sleep 6 to 8 hours to maintain maximum energy levels.
- Exercise: it's hard to do, but exercising even 20 minutes will ramp your energy levels during the day.
- Tea instead of coffee: not only does it have 1/3 of the caffeine, but it also contains energy raising ingredients.
- Energy naps: studies show that power naps of 15 to 20 minutes increase energy levels and productivity. Take one in the afternoon when you are fatigued.
- Diet: you can overdo it here and obsess over what you eat, but eating a healthy diet will maximize your energy levels, and eating junk food will do the opposite. Be sure to eat regular, balanced meals, and have healthy snacks in between.
- Water: your body is 75% water, your brain 85%, and being even a little dehydrated can zap your energy level, reduce concentration, and hamper productivity.
- Regular Breaks: plan breaks into your work day. For example, focus intensely for 25 minutes followed by a 5 minute break, or 50 minutes with a 10 minute rest.
In order to raise your energy levels in this way, it requires time and patience. You may not recognize the results immediately, but they will come, guaranteed. This routine also requires mindfulness: focusing on the present moment throughout the day, being aware of your body, and controlling your thoughts.
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Source is CharlesNgo.com
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