„When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple“. – Paul Coelho
While I agree with what Paul Coelho stated, very often people say that their energy level drops even though they really like what they do.
I see this with myself. I am very fond and excited about one of my biggest projects at the moment, which is writing a handbook for young companies, who are looking into building up their teams. I have been writing each morning since May (apart from my vacation in August). And I notice sometimes my motivation drops, I have less energy. When that happens, I usually start the day with what I enjoy most, and then get back to it when I am motivated again. I believe that is normal to have such waves of energy. We are humans, after all.
What do you think?
At the same time, I believe, we can also invest some time in trying to develop habits that help us keeping the positive level of energy around and with us as often as possible. There are so many things that can distract us, things that can even pull us down.
For the last months, in special regard to my vision to making this book really awesome, I have been developing some habits, which are now fostering more and more my positive energy level (in a general matter) and are really helping me along the way!
I actually worry less ,and I am more motivated and productive!
And this is great, just in a few months! So, I thought I share this with you in this edition of the Learning Bites (sorry, there was none for a while!).
Please note however, it is no magic pill (And if, I would not want to take it!).
Instead, there are some changes that you yourself would need to make. They are free, they do not cost a penny!
As indicated above, I am talking about picking up or following (new) habits. Below, in the exercise, I would like to share with you the ones that really worked for me, so give it a try!
Boost your energy!
Learning Bites #7: How to get more energy
The following habits have helped and are still helping me to stay happy, healthy and productive.
Please pick one that you are currently not yet doing on a regular basis. Choose one that you would feel most comfortable with doing each single day for the next 14 days.
- Look at your objectives each morning.
- Sleep at least 8 hours (that is including night-time sleep as well as naps).
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water.
- Work standing up for at least 2 hours.
- Ask yourself the following question when you go to bed: “What have I learned today?”
- Exercise for 30 minutes.
(I picked the easiest one for me to start with, I like to sleep!)
Part 2: Advance Day by Day.
Hopefully this selection will give you a great start in this process. Now, that you have picked one habit, start doing every single day for 14 days.
Remember, we are only talking about a single one of them, not all, not three. The more you try to do at once, the more likely this will not work – believe me!
Also, as you adopt one of these new behaviors, you have the permission to leave everything else you do the same as it is. You can think bad things about your boss, you can eat chocolate when you are frustrated, whatever the case may be.
In case you realize one week in that a particular habit is not yours, that is fine too, re-start with another one.
After the 14 days, when you feel comfortable with your new routine, keep on doing it and if you feel like it, pick up another one. Step by step.
Which habit did you choose to start with? Why? Let us know in the comments!
P.S.: In case you like these exercises, please check out the whole series here