To improve your energy levels so that you are able to perform at a high level consistently, there are some deliberate actions you can take in four key areas.
- The Body – Physical Energy
To keep your energy up you need to ensure that you have good nutrition throughout your day; exercise to get the right chemicals flowing throughout your body; and get an adequate amount of sleep and rest.
- The Emotions – Quality of Energy
When people are able to take greater control of their emotions, they can improve the quality of their energy. Unfortunately, without intermittent recovery, we’re not physiologically capable of sustaining highly positive emotions for long periods. Therefore we should plan for recovery points throughout the day.
- The Mind – Focus of Energy
Once people see how much they struggle to concentrate, they can create rituals to reduce the relentless interruptions that happen in their lives. Unless people intentionally schedule time for more challenging work, they tend not to get to it at all or rush through it at the last minute. To avoid this it is best to plan ahead of time, either last thing in the evening or first thing in the morning.
- The Human Spirit – Energy of Meaning and Purpose
People tap into the energy of the human spirit when their everyday work and activities are consistent with what they value most and with what gives them a sense of meaning and purpose. If the work they’re doing really matters to them, they typically feel more positive energy, focus better, and demonstrate greater perseverance. So try to identify the higher purpose that your work allows you to serve.
Marjorie Wharton is a trainer, facilitator and coach who works with individuals and organizations to help them improve their performance. She is based at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados. Follow her on twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. For more of her writing visit https://marjoriewharton.live