One of my dear friends, RJ wrote in the other week with a question. He asked,
“How do you find all this time to work a stressful corporate job, run a consulting business and teach yoga classes? Oh, and write a blog, have a social life, not neglect your loved ones, etc, etc, etc. That’s the blog I want read about. How to be productive and have the energy to do all these things…I can barely do my job and I don’t even have kids…”
First off, I’m so thankful to hear these words of admiration (you’re the best, RJ!). Truth is, my productivity and energy wax and wane, just like everyone else’s. There are good weeks and bad weeks. But when I include key action items in my daily and nightly routines, I create the energy and productivity I need to manage my full, busy life.
I’m excited to share some helpful tips with you. Remember: We all get the same 24 hours in a day. It’s what you do with your time that matters. Challenge yourself to try something new from the list below. Be disciplined. Take what works and leave the rest. 🙂
Here’s a list of 7 things I do to keep my energy and productivity high:
Take time to make time. Meditation requires you to block out 5-20 minutes of your day to do, well, nothing. It’s usually the first thing to go if you miss your alarm. I believe meditation actually gives you time back because it allows you to go into your day with greater focus, presence and awareness. When you skip it, you’re more likely to get distracted and scatter brained. Here’s a comprehensive guided meditation you can do in bed as you’re gently waking up or falling asleep.
Matcha Magic. My amazingly talented and loving acupuncturist, Meghan (Mother Moon Acupuncture) suggested I cut down on my coffee consumption because of my anxiety. She recommended switching to matcha green tea lattes. They are beyond delicious! I can drink this stuff all day and I’m still able to sleep soundly at night. Matcha still has caffeine so you get a nice jolt, but not so much you get jittery and anxious. Try out Meghan’s tasty recipe for yourself!
Exercise daily. I know, I know. Everyone and their sister will tell you this. But that’s because it’s true. Physical fitness = mental fitness. I carve out at least an hour a day to get moving, no matter how buried in work I feel. Hate going to the gym? Check out my blog, 10 Ways to Turn Exercise Into a Guilty Pleasure. But please keep in mind, if you’re body is asking you to rest? Rest!
Eat green and clean. You put junk in, you get junk out. I pretty much eat whatever I want, whenever I want. But I make sure it’s clean (usually organic and almost always unprocessed) and I eat greens every day. Think about eating whole foods that don’t come out of a box or can. What you eat will either give you energy or deplete you. Make the healthy choice!
Keep your eye on the “why.” As RJ mentioned, I have a lot going on. I definitely don’t need to be teaching yoga or sending out a free weekly newsletter. But I do those things because they provide value beyond money. It feels good to share my love for yoga and connect with people through writing. Why do you show up for work every day? When you find yourself losing energy or focus, come back to your “why.” It will ground you in purpose and motivate you to keep pushing forward.
Tune into abundance. Do you constantly feel like you’re running out of time? Do you talk about having low energy? Stop that! The words you use have great power. Affirm that you have more than enough time. Feel grateful for your schedule. Awaken a sense of achievement. Pause and ask yourself if you’re tuned into an abundance mindset or poverty mindset. Adjust accordingly.
Share your accomplishments. Relive your successes by communicating them to a trusted friend or family member. It’s easy to forget how productive you actually were in a day or week because you jump from task to task so quickly. Feel excited when you talk about your new customer, the deal you just closed or the coveted meeting you booked for next week. When you feel good about where you’ve been, it makes where you’re going that much more rewarding. Plus, it feels waaaay better than complaining.
If you ask me? There’s always room to improve. I’m constantly looking for ways to get even more energy and become even more productive. I’m learning right alongside you. So if you have a helpful tip to share? Please do! Reply to this email and let me know what keeps you going!
Here’s to greater energy and productivity!
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