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Why Do You Not Have Enough Energy?

We all want to do more whether that be getting more done on a do list, watching more media, connecting to friends, the list could go on and on. So why are we not able to do those things? Probably the biggest block to doing all of these things is the fact that we are limited on time. Money is also another limiting factor. What is the other factor that does not get talked about as much and can you make more or take away from your reserves? We are talking about your energy. This isn’t some supernatural energy we are referring to. When we say energy we mean from morning to night, are you able to get done what you need to get done without being tired? Energy and willpower do go hand in hand but they have some key differences as well. We hope to show you the energy side and how to manage your energy levels.

Energy and Productivity- There are countless methods and techniques to improve your productivity and get more done. What we all seem to miss though is even if you had the best system and everything perfectly ready to go, you need to have the energy to actually do the tasks. In Getting Things Done, the last step of the five-step process is do. To get to step five though, it takes a lot of effort and energy to get there. Maybe there are times when it would be better suited to do something else on your to-do list because you do not have enough energy or maybe you do have the energy and the task you are working on does not require a lot of mental or physical energy. Being aware of how much energy certain tasks take or how much energy you actually have will play a huge role in what you can accomplish.

Below are three areas that you can probably make quick improvements to and improve your awareness of your energy levels.   

I Will Sleep When I Am Dead- The three pillars of good health are sleep, diet, and exercise. All three of these affect our energy levels, but the one that is probably the most misunderstood is sleeping. When you do not get enough sleep (which will vary with everyone for how much is enough) you move more slowly, are not able to think as clearly, and you do not have the willpower to fight through things. Your energy levels are shot when you are tired.  If you do get enough quality sleep and consistently get it, you will notice that even if you have a little less time, it will be easier to think clearly and get things done.

Sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our energy. Generally speaking most people would do better waking up in the morning and going to bed earlier. For some this may differ but getting more sleep and knowing when you work best will instantly boost your energy levels.
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Do You Have the Same Energy at 10 AM vs 10 PM?- For some, the answer may be yes (good for you!) but for many, that is not the case. The same could be said at different times of the day. There are probably certain stretches during the day when you are most productive and get the most work done. Do you know when those times are or why they happen? What if you could stretch them out or make more of those times? Being aware of our energy levels throughout the day is a key part of being more productive. If you try to do something that takes a lot of mental energy at 10 o clock at night, you will probably struggle with it if you have been up since 6. Yet maybe something that had low mental energy you did at 10 AM during your peak energy levels you should have done at 10 o clock PM.

Are Your Activities Adding Energy or Reducing It?- We think there may be a myth that you have a finite level of energy and there is no way to control it. Almost everything you do during the day has a positive, neutral, or negative affect on your energy. What you eat also plays a huge role in your energy levels too. How did you sleep the night before? Have you or are you exercising? These activities all can give you more energy to do more or they can take it away. The first step to knowing what activities bring you more energy is to start being mindful of times when you feel good after doing something or when you struggle to know to possibly avoid or alter that task.

Watching TV can increase levels sometimes, but if we watch too much and over consume, it will have the opposite effect. TV is not the only kind of activity that this can happen with. When we over consume almost anything, it almost always has a negative affect on our energy.

There are many more points we could make about energy but it is something that is vastly misunderstood and just like time and money, affects your everyday life. Learning what gives you energy and what takes it away, will set you up for success for days, months, and years to come. The biggest roadblocks for people not accomplishing what they want to do (besides maybe not knowing what the clear next action is), is not having enough energy to do the things they want or need to do. You can change this by following the tips above and being mindful of your energy levels. 

One comment

  1. I operated on the motto of “I’ll sleep when I am dead” for the first 45 years. I can attest that I felt run down all the time.

    “Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.” – Oprah Winfrey

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