We all suffer from a lack of energy from time to time, but if you’re at work and need to have a productive day it can be frustrating and stressful when your energy levels take a dip. Thankfully there are some simple things you can do to help boost your day regardless of how lethargic you feel. So if you need a quick hit to get you back on track, forget the coffee, and follow these 5 simple steps instead…
1. Make Life Easy For Yourself
Instead of trying to do your most complex, ‘high-end’ work when you’re feeling sluggish and tired, be mindful of when your energy levels are at their best and schedule your work around those times.
I’ve very much a morning person, and can get significantly more complex work done before lunch than I ever can in the afternoon. So I play to my strengths and make sure that I work around those times so that I get the most out of my day – even when my energy levels are flagging.
So if you’re a morning person, don’t waste time doing your filing or trawling through your emails at the start of the day – you can do that over lunch or in the afternoon when you’re energy levels are at their lowest. Instead, decide on what mission critical tasks are essential for you to complete and schedule them in your diary first thing in the morning – that way you’ll get them done more quickly and effectively, as well as set your day up for success.
Similarly, if you’re at your best in the afternoon or evening try to leave the ‘hard stuff’ for after lunch and spend the morning doing your routine tasks that don’t take as much focus and attention.
2. Do What Counts
Procrastinating when you’re energy levels are depleted can actually make you feel even worse as you linger on what you ‘should’ be doing and potentially start feeling frustrated and guilty! So if you need a bit of a boost pick one thing that you’ve been putting off and take one simple little step towards doing it today.
Even if you only complete a fraction of the job, you’ll have made some progress, and that alone will help boost your energy and move your mojo to a better, more resourceful place!
3. Energy In, Energy Out
I’m no dietician, but we all know that scoffing a fattening, high calorie meal at lunchtime does nothing other than make you even more lethargic. Pay attention to what energy you’re putting IN, and that way you’ll have a much better chance of getting some good energy OUT.
The same goes for exercise – if you can fit in a gym session over lunch, or at least a walk to get away from your desk, you’ll feel much better for it and improve your energy levels for the afternoon. A short stroll around the block will boost your levels of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, which are proven to give you more energy when you return to work.
4. Unplug Yourself
Unless you absolutely have to be on-line all of the time (and most jobs don’t, contrary to popular belief!) get unplugged and switch off your email, social media and phone – even if it’s just for 15 minutes at a time. All of these devices will sap you of precious energy, and also provide unwelcome distractions if you’re trying to be productive and get important work done.
5. Take Some Time Out
When you’re lacking in energy it can be hard to muster up the enthusiasm to keep working when all you can see ahead of you is more of the same – work, work, work. So to help give you a boost to focus on what needs to be done now, make sure you have something to look forward to at the end of the day or week. Perhaps it’s a night out with your friends, a massage, a weekend away or even a well deserved holiday. Big or small, having something to keep you motivated to get through the day its a great way to boost your energy and lift your spirits.
What do you do when your energy levels nose-dive? Post a comment below and let me know!
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