Last night I took a business call after 10 pm. I immediately regretted it because I have a hard and fast rule never to take any calls after 10 pm. Whether it be friends, family or business, my rule is that 10 pm is too late to be on the phone.
This is just one of the strategies I use on a daily basis to manage my energy. You may be thinking why do I need to manage my energy? What does that even mean? Think of it like this, you body can store a certain amount of energy every day. When you wake up after a good night’s sleep, your energy fuel tank is refilled and you feel refreshed. As you go through your day, many things will take your energy – and for many people, their energy fuel tank is depleted even before they finish breakfast.
Here are some examples of things that can steal your energy
- the internet
- the news
- lack of focus
- other people
- not being yourself
- poor nutrition
- lack of exercise/over exercise
- not enough sleep
How many of these do you experience before breakfast? As you run into each of these throughout the day, you energy fuel tank gets more and more depleted. Unless you are doing something throughout the day to refuel, you end up feeling completely exhausted and depleted at the end of the day. Do this day after day, and eventually you get sick – maybe just a cold, possibly something more serious.
What can you do to replenish and refuel your energy fuel tank? Here are few suggestions:
- 7-10 hours of sleep
- meditation/quiet reflection
- optimal supplementation to keep your cells fueled
- regular cardiovascular and resistance exercise
- create a vision board to inspire you every day
- drink lots of water
- breathe deeply once or twice a day
- spend your time with people who fill your tank!
A few of the things that are also important to me to manage my energy include shutting off my phone and laptop at 10 pm every night and not turning it on til I’m out of bed for at least 15-30 min. Taking a half hour before bed to unwind (not in front of the TV) by writing out my 3 gratitudes for the day, reading a bit or maybe watching The Secret to You video – I love falling asleep with that music in my head. I also take some time to breath deeply and pray before I fall asleep.