5 Energy Management Tips To Be More Productive

It’s 2016, and many of us have already set our resolutions. At this time of year, we are all energised and excited for what the year will bring. The euphoria is enough to give us energy for a couple of weeks, or maximum a month.

This year, it is important to think more about energy management rather than time management. We all have a 24-hour day, but have you wondered how other people get more done in their day?

How can we ensure that we remain energetic throughout 2016?

When it comes to energy management, many people believe that it’s about taking advantage of your high energy times and avoiding draining your energy. It is more than that. Energy management is a complete lifestyle change.

In this article, I will give you 5 tips on how you can maintain your energy in order to be more productive:

1.Vitamins/Supplements

With my iron deficiency I am left feeling lethargic, tired and weak all the time. If I do not take my iron supplement it will surely not be a productive day for me. I take my supplements very early in the morning before I go for my daily run, and I find that this helps me to remain alert all day.

Introducing supplements in your diet can be a good way to maintain your energy levels, however you need to make sure that it is part of a well-balanced diet.

Please see a healthcare provider before taking any supplements.

2.Exercise or Meditation

Daily exercise improves circulation in your body which can leave you feeling re-energised. Meditation can help you to deal with negative emotions such as stress, anger, disappointment.

Belle Cooper who is a writer for Life Hacker describes the benefits of meditation as better focus, less anxiety, more creativity, more compassion, better memory, less stress, and more gray matter. You can find the article in the link below.

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3. Schedules

When you don’t have a clear plan of your day, you might end up having unrealistic goals. Unrealistic goals will lead to stress when they are not reached.

Make sure to have your days planned out. This is especially important for entrepreneurs who manage their own schedule. Make sure that the goals in your schedule follow the SMART principle; that is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.

4. Healthy Foods

It is well known that eating healthy foods can improve not only your physical health, but your mental health as well. We have all heard the saying “You are what you eat”. This is true.

When you eat “brain foods” such as wholegrain, oily fish, blueberries, tomatoes, pumpkin and broccoli, you fuel your brain with the nutrients that it needs to keep you alert all day.

5. Take Breaks

Tim Kreider describes breaks in the New York times as: “Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. It is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”

As our to-do lists get longer, we may be tempted to work 10 hour days or longer without any breaks. Taking a break is essential to getting the body performing at its optimal level.

When you take a break you need to shut off completely. Do not browse your phone or eat in front of your computer. Train yourself to allow your mind to rest.

Conclusion

These few tips should assist you in maintaining energy while you focus on achieving your goals. There are many other methods to manage your energy levels, what are other ways that you have found to manage your energy?

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