It’s a new year and hopefully you’ve set goals and are planning to do great work this year. The only problem is you didn’t manage your energy very well last year and to accomplish what you hope to this year you need to increase and sustain your energy level. And here’s why...
@@If leaders energize people and purposes, how important is a leader's energy?@@ How you answer this question is how you should manage your energy. Here are four ways to increase and sustain your energy this year:
1. Connect With God
I’m a believer if we come to God daily with our weakness His strength is made perfect in us. I also believe God desires to build the parts of us we are to love Him with; our heart, soul, mind and strength. It’s ok to flat-out ask God to give you energy. I believe He longs to give it to you.
2. Exercise Regularly
Daily exercise, even low intensity exercise, decreases fatigue by 65% and increases energy by 20%. Whether its 10,000 steps, 30 minutes of activity or a daily workout, if you aren’t exercising daily you aren't leading at your best. I recommend an activity tracker like a FitBit to ensure you are exercising enough.
3. Stay Hydrated
Drinking water and remaining hydrated boosts your energy and productivity more than a cup of coffee. Rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day. If you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces. Something I recently started using was Thermos Smart Lid to automatically track how much water I’m drinking to an app on my iPhone.
4. Get Consistent Sleep
We are an incredibly sleep deprived culture. Too often when I ask people “How are you?”, if they don’t answer “Busy!” they answer with “I’m tired”. 7-9 hours a night is recommended. It’s also recommended that your sleep is consistent night after night and even on the weekends for maximum energy levels. I love a long night of sleep once a weekend but it actually decreases overall energy. The only time a long night of sleep is recommended is after a week of poor or insufficient sleep. According to Penn State researchers catch-up sleep will help you recover from some of your sleep deprivation symptoms.
Here’s a few bonus tips to increase energy:
- Eat early and often
- Learn something new
- Be grateful
- Take a short break every 90 minutes
What are some things that give you energy?