When my energy levels are high, focus comes easily.
When my energy levels are low, staying focused is a constant fight.
On my high-energy days, I’m eager to get to work, I don’t procrastinate, I prioritize easily, and when I start writing, the words flow without much effort.
A low-energy day looks very different. It takes me longer to sit down at my desk, usually because I’m finding things to do (like straightening up the living room), that aren’t urgent… but that are easier to tackle than whatever is waiting for me on my to-do list.
Once I get to my desk, it takes me longer to get started because I can find dozens of ways to avoid doing what I need to do, but just don’t feel like doing.
And anything I start takes longer to finish because my mind keeps wandering.
Does this sound familiar to you?
If you’re like me, and your energy levels tie in closely to your ability to focus, then it makes sense to do everything you can (within reason) to safely and naturally boost your energy levels.
Good energy is tied to good sleep, good hydration, and good nutrition.
So those are all good places to start.
But even when you’re well rested, well hydrated, and well nourished, you may still have moments in the day when you can use a quick pick-me-up to get your energy levels and your focus back on track.
I have five go-to energy boosters (not including coffee) that I use to stay focused and on track whenever I feel my energy levels waning.
A blast of cold water: This one takes as little as 30 seconds to implement. Just walk into your bathroom and splash cold water on your face. If you want to break out the big guns, take a 10-minute shower using cool or cold water. You’ll come out practically bouncing with energy.
Get moving: Take five minutes and do something that gets your heart pumping. You could do jumping jacks. You could dance to your favorite song. You could run up and down the stairs a few times. Just get the blood flowing and you’ll feel ready to focus again.
Do a yoga pose: If I need to raise my energy and focus and I only have a minute or two to do it, then either the Crane pose or the Wheel pose will do the trick. They’re both energizing. They’re also both tough to do, but even attempting them can give you the boost you’re looking for. A cautionary note — yoga poses done improperly can lead to injuries, so make sure you know the proper form and that you work up to it.
Meditate: Take a 10-minute break and meditate. Meditation allows your mind to rest, but in a purposeful way. After 10 minutes, I usually find that I’m ready to get back to the races.
Get inspired: Surf some motivational quotes. Give yourself five minutes to soak up the inspiration and wisdom of others and then see how it feels when you get back to work. For me, I’m usually pretty jazzed up.
Knowing how to tap into your energy levels and raise them on command is an effective way to keep your focus levels high. And remaining focused means you’ll get more done… and do better work.
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