What is the battery level on your cell phone? Your laptop?
Strange question, you might ask; well, not really.
What happens when your cell phone or laptop is low on battery? You turn down the brightness, try not to check and reply to texts; you avoid checking your social media pages and anxiously keep your fingers crossed that it won’t shut off in the middle of your task.
Panic strikes for a moment when you see the red bar, and you feverishly look for an outlet to recharge it.
There is a sigh of relief when the bar is green and fully charged. We are back in business.
Can you relate?
Sadly, we have become so eager to do more and take care of one more thing on our to-do list that we forget one critical battery to charge or recharge!
We fail to take the time to take care of our empty energy tanks the same way as our electronic gadgets!
Why are we so stingy about recharging ourselves?
When did we allow our electronic gadgets to become more important than us?
To be more productive, more creative, more understanding, less stressed, less overwhelmed, and in our optimum performance, we also need our energy (batteries) to be fully charged.
The same way our smartphone won’t be any use if out of battery, we won’t be effective in anything we do as well if our energy tank is running on empty.
Get into the habit of checking your energy. Listen to your body and practice self -care. If you feel you are running on low, STOP! Take a 5-minute walk or stretch, sit quietly for 5 minutes, and clear your mind. Drink a glass of water. Be mindful of what your body is telling you and take time to reboot.
Creating a morning routine and night-time routine is another effective way to fill up your energy tank.
If you are a beginner, start simple, short and make it easy. This way, you can stick to it no matter what!
Start with 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes before going to bed.
Set your morning alarm 10 minutes earlier than usual and spend 5 minutes doing your morning routine (Here are some ideas):
- Set your intentions for the day
- Go for a walk (Get some natural vitamin D)
- Do deep belly breathing (Increase oxygen in the body)
Once you get into the habit and get comfortable with the routine, add another 5-10 minutes to your routine.
Allocate 5 minutes before bedtime to wind-down for a restful and a good night sleep (here are some ideas):
- Make a gratitude list (At least five things that went well for you during the day)
- Listen to relaxing, inspiring guided meditation
- Take a bath
There is no right or wrong way of choosing what activities to do. Choose what fits your lifestyle and your personality. What is important is to create a routine that you can stick to.
These routines might be short and simple, yet it can boost your energy level during the day, make you more productive, and resulting in better decision making.
Things that deplete your energy:
- Checking your phone first thing when you wake up
- Watching TV in bed (especially News and violent movies)
- Having distractions while you work:
- Having multiple tabs open on your computer
- Reading and replying to texts as soon as they come in
- Answering your phone any time it rings
- Having no clarity or not knowing what you want
- Dehydration ( make sure you drink plenty of water during the day)
- Skipping the gym and no physical activity
- Slouching when working
- Clutter- A messy living and work environment
- The urge to be perfect
- Too much caffeine
- Junk food
- Noise pollution- Being in an overly loud environment
- Toxic people and energy vampires!
Go over the list and see which ones you do and start by cutting down on one of them a day. By the end of the week, I guarantee you gain more energy and increased productivity.
Find meaningful ways to recharge your energy, make it a priority to take care of yourself first before taking care of your devices!
I love to hear how it goes! Let me know in the comments below.