The fact is that when you’re tired or worn out, it can affect the clarity of your thinking, you can make bad decisions, reacting instead of responding thoughtfully and in a way that’s aligned with your values and long-term goals. Not the best operating system!
Then think about what re-energises you physically and mentally. Maybe it’s going for a walk, getting some fresh air, reading something you are passionate about, a 5 minute meditation, yoga or simple stretching, a chat or laugh with friends, a power nap, perhaps a creative pursuit or if time is limiting a few minutes of controlled deep breathing. Something other than that instant but fleeting hit that sugar or caffeine offers.
Now structure these energy enhancers into your day or working week. Yes, literally schedule in meetings with yourself in your diary to block out time for recharging and hold yourself to these just as you would with other meetings. Aim for 100 minutes a week, which accounts for just 1% of our time. That can be three 35 minute walks, short 15 minute meditations each day or a couple of walking meetings, lunch classes, or as simple as thanking some one for the great job they are doing, whatever works for you, each week.
In the same way, if you’ve got something big coming up you can structure in an energy booster to make sure you’re powering your personal best for that.
Learning to maintain energy at the optimum level played a major role in me winning Paralympic gold and you’ll be stunned at the difference this practise will make for you.