Leaders are extremely busy people. Their days are full and they are often going from one meeting or task to the next. The demand, stress, and workload of leadership require a high energy level. Energy gives you the strength to keep working and leading. Author Tony Robbins said this about a person’s energy, “The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”
But, how does a busy leader increase their energy level throughout the day? Good question! Here are several things you can do in a short amount of time (20 minutes or less) that will enhance your energy level. Apply them (or several of them) on a daily basis and you will always have the energy you need to lead effectively.
Practice #1 Take a short nap
Naps are no longer only for children. Taking a short 15-20 minute nap can refresh and recharge you. Make sure not to sleep past the 20 minute mark; because it could lead to sleep inertia which is “a hangover like groggy feeling that last up to 30 minutes.” You might consider taking a nap in your car, office, or at a local park when the weather is nice. No matter where you take a nap make sure you set an alarm to wake you up before sleeping past the 20 minute mark.
Practice #2 Remember your why
William Barclay stated, “There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” Your why is the reason you are here and what you have been created to do. A strong why can encourage and motivate you. Knowing and taking at least 5 minutes to reflect on your why can provide you with a boost of energy. It can remind you why you are working so hard and why you need to keep working hard.
Practice #3 Implement short times of exercise
Spending a short amount of time exercising and/or stretching can really enhance your energy level. Consider taking a short walk, going up and down flights of stairs several times, or doing Pilates in your office while on a break. You could even ask a co-worker to join you. These things can increase your heart rate, release endorphins, and get your adrenaline going which all promotes higher energy levels. Exercise can be especially beneficial at the start of the day or before working on an important task or project.
Practice #4 Consume healthy food and drinks
Maximillian Degenerez said, “True health infuses positive energy in the mind, body and spirit; it is a main focus in my life.” Healthy leaders who consume the right food and drink options have a sustainable amount of energy.
There are several practical ways you can begin to daily concentrate on your health. When it comes to drinks you should limit the amount of sugary beverages (like soda) you consume. Instead drink more water throughout the day. When it comes to what you eat chose healthy meal and snack time options. You might consider preparing your meals beforehand or if you go out to eat choosing the healthier food options. Make sure to have unsalted nuts, fresh fruit (like blueberries or apples), or nutritious snack bars on hand. All of these things can help your energy level.
Question: Do you implement any of these practices into your day? Can you add to the list? How do you increase your energy level throughout the day?
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