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15 Ways To Make Your Energy Balanced Throughout The Day

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15 Ways To Make Your Energy Balanced Throughout The Day

According to the Textbook of Biochemistry and Human Biology, energy balance can be equated as, “Energy intake = internal heat produced + external work + energy stored.” Learning how to keep your energy well balanced throughout the day can lead to a more productive and resourceful you. The following 15 points can be the catalyst for a healthier lifestyle, and much more energy.

1 – Ditch Caffeine, Sugar, and Cigarettes

    Caffeine heavy drinks/foods may seem like the ideal way to lift your energy, but they’re an artificial boost which does nothing for you in the long term. Worst offenders include: coffee, energy drinks, power bars, and sugar. Unfortunately they lead to energy slumps and depression due to excessive sugar and artificial flavorings. Moderation is key, as well as avoiding fizzy drinks, sweets, and confectionery items like donuts.

    If you’re a smoker, cigarettes should be dropped from your life. They drain your money, make you smell, ruin your appearance, and destroy your energy. For advice on how to quit visit Smoke Free.

    2 – Drink Water

      Keeping yourself hydrated is vital as dehydration leads to fatigue. As soon as you wake up you should drink a glass of water to wake your body up and get your organs functioning properly. Be wary of bottled water though, as it is often merely tap water and has no special significance. Worse still, flavored bottled water is often laden with added sugar. Head for your nearest tap for the ideal glass of H2O.

      3 – Drink Tea/Herbal Tea

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        Tea/herbal teas offer essential nutrients and antioxidants. Tea itself has only a small amount of caffeine compared to coffee, and green tea (consumed without milk or sugar) can help you lose weight. You can also buy an amazing tea pot. Just looking at one of these is enough to boost your mood right away.

        4 – Eat the Right Food

          Fresh vegetables should be a daily part of your diet. Meats such as turkey, chicken, and fish are also great sources of protein, whilst carbohydrates like brown rice and wholemeal bread can provide welcome energy boosting nutrients.

          For  a treat, try dark chocolate. It can be a wonderful boost for your mood and mental alertness as the cocoa has flavonoids which will keep you going. The stronger the cocoa the better, although limit the amount you eat. Magnesium is also a good energy boost, and you can find it in fish and various nuts.

          5 – Exercise

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            It’s a word which many people don’t like to hear, especially after a long day of work, but 30 minutes of exercise over several weeks would be enough to improve energy levels. Exercise takes many forms; try running, cycling, badminton, tennis, swimming, go-karting, martial arts, or drumming for rapid health improvements..

            6 – Lose Weight

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              Over numerous years, office work can lead to unnecessary weight gain. This in itself can make you feel sluggish, so with regular exercise and a good diet you can expect to lose pounds as the weeks tick by. As well as a confidence boost, you’ll find your energy and sleep patterns will improve.

              7 – Get Up and Stretch

                If you have an office job, or sit down a lot, then fatigue will inevitably set in. Standing up and moving around can wake your body up, as will adopting a silly pose for a healthy stretch.

                8 – Yawn

                  Although it isn’t known for certain why we yawn, research suggests it is the body’s way of cooling the brain. This effectively “wakes” it up, according to the work of Andrew Gallup of Princeton University. Incidentally, you can wow friends with this geeky fact; the term for when you stretch and yawn is called pandiculation.

                  9 – Listen to Lively Music

                    If you’re lacking energy then listen to one of your favorite songs. If it’s upbeat and invigorating, it can be an instant energy producer and mood lifter.

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                    10 – Avoid Procrastination

                      The art of doing nothing can make you fatigued as you’re no longer alert. If you really struggle with procrastination you should try online tools such as Pomodoro, which sets you 25 minutes of work followed by a rewarding break. Making this your working mantra should lead to consistent levels of energy.

                      11 – Bask in Sunlight

                        The sun is the reason why we’re all here, courtesy of its energy providing sunlight. Opening up a window, sweeping back some curtains, or heading outside for 10 minutes, can all help keep the energy flowing.

                        12 – Limit Alcohol Consumption

                          Drinking is a great social pastime and can be very enjoyable, but limiting your alcohol consumption can do wonders for your energy, health, and appearance. Obviously many of us want to enjoy our social time, but not getting utterly wasted on a Friday night is a step in the right direction.

                          If you can keep off alcohol entirely, you can expect: better sleep, improved mood, boosted energy levels, better health, improved physical appearance, better productivity, and a lot of saved money.

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                          13 – Reduce the Stress in Your Life

                            Stress contributes to fatigue a great deal. You can try many simple techniques to reduce its impact; Yoga, reading, classical music, certain teas (such as chamomile or Valerian root), a warm bath, a massage, a stint in the sauna, or exercise regularly.

                            14 – Have a Midday Kip

                              It should be perfectly acceptable to take a 20 minute kip/nap once a day. If you leave it longer your body can enter its natural sleeping cycle, which will make you even more tired, but 20 minutes of rest can restore your energy. Just remember to ask for permission from your boss.

                              15 – Sleep Well

                                Sleep is mandatory if you want to be energetic when you wake up. To achieve a good nights sleep you can try: reading a book before bed, drinking a small amount of Chamomile/Valerian tea, and laying off alcohol.

                                Booze badly affects sleep patterns, so it should be avoided, especially during a working week. Regular exercise can help promote good sleeping patterns, as will going to bed at similar times.

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                                Last Updated on October 7, 2021

                                Are You Addicted to Productivity?

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                                Are You Addicted to Productivity?

                                “It’s great to be productive. It really is. But sometimes, we chase productivity so much that it makes us, well, unproductive. It’s easy to read a lot about how to be more productive, but don’t forget that you have to make that time up.”

                                Matt Cutts wrote that back in 2013,[1]

                                “Today, search for ‘productivity’ and Google will come back with about 663,000,000 results. If you decide to go down this rabbit hole, you’ll be bombarded by a seemingly endless amount of content. I’m talking about books, blogs, videos, apps, podcasts, scientific studies, and subreddits all dedicated to productivity.”

                                Like so many other people, I’ve also fallen into this trap. For years I’ve been on the lookout for trends and hacks that will help me work faster and more efficiently — and also trends that help me help others to be faster. I’ve experimented with various strategies and tools . And, while some of these strategies and solutions have been extremely useful — without parsing out what you need quickly — it’s counterproductive.

                                Sometimes you end up spending more time focusing on how to be productive instead of actually being productive.

                                “The most productive people I know don’t read these books, they don’t watch these videos, they don’t try a new app every month,” James Bedell wrote in a Medium post.[2] “They are far too busy getting things done to read about Getting Things Done.”

                                This is my mantra:

                                I proudly say, “I am addicted to productivity — I want to be addicted to productivity — productivity is my life and my mission — and I also want to find the best way to lead others through productivity to their best selves.

                                But most of the time productivity means putting your head down and working until the job’s done.” –John Rampton

                                Addiction to Productivity is Real

                                Dr. Sandra Chapman, director of the University of Texas at Dallas Center for BrainHealth points out that the brain can get addicted to productivity just as it can to more common sources of addiction, such as drugs, gambling, eating, and shopping.

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                                “A person might crave the recognition their work gives them or the salary increases they get,” Chapman told the BBC.[3] “The problem is that just like all addictions, over time, a person needs more and more to be satisfied, and then it starts to work against you. Withdrawal symptoms include increased anxiety, depression, and fear.”

                                Despite the harmful consequences, addiction is considered by some experts as a brain disease that affects the brain’s reward system and ends in compulsive behavior. Regardless, society tends to reward productivity — or at least to treat it positively. As a result, this makes the problem even worse.

                                “It’s seen like a good thing: the more you work, the better,” adds Chapman. “Many people don’t realize the harm it causes until a divorce occurs and a family is broken apart, or the toll it takes on mental health.”

                                Because of the occasional negative issues with productivity, it’s no surprise that it is considered a “mixed-blessing addiction.”

                                “A workaholic might be earning a lot of money, just as an exercise addict is very fit,” explains Dr. Mark Griffiths, distinguished professor of behavioral addiction at Nottingham Trent University. “But the thing about any addiction is that in the long run, the detrimental effects outweigh any short-term benefits.”

                                “There may be an initial period where the individual who is developing a work addiction is more productive than someone who isn’t addicted to work, but it will get to a point when they are no longer productive, and their health and relationships are affected,” Griffiths writes in Psychology Today.[4] “It could be after one year or more, but if the individual doesn’t do anything about it, they could end up having serious health consequences.”

                                “For instance, I speculated that the consequences of work addiction may be reclassified as something else: If someone ends up dying of a work-related heart attack, it isn’t necessarily seen as having anything to do with an addiction per se – it might be attributed to something like burnout,” he adds.

                                There Are Three “Distinct Extreme Productivity Types

                                Cyril Peupion, a Sydney-based productivity expert, has observed extreme productivity among clients at both large and medium-sized companies. “Most people who come to me are high performers and very successful. But often, the word they use to describe their work style is ‘unsustainable,’ and they need help getting it back on track.”

                                By changing their work habits, Peupion assists teams and individuals improve their performance and ensure that their efforts are aligned with the overarching strategy of the business, rather than focusing on work as a means to an end. He has distinguished three types of extreme productivity in his classification: efficiency obsessive, selfishly productive, and quantity-obsessed.

                                Efficiency obsessive. “Their desks are super tidy and their pens are probably color-coded. They are the master of ‘inbox zero.’ But they have lost sight of the big picture, and don’t know the difference between efficiency and effectiveness.”

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                                Selfishly productive. “They are so focused on their own world that if they are asked to do something outside of it, they aren’t interested. They do have the big picture in mind, but the picture is too much about them.”

                                Quantity-obsessed. “They think; ‘The more emails I respond to, the more meetings I attend, the more tasks I do, the higher my performance.’ As a result, they face a real risk of burnout.”

                                Peupion believes that “quantity obsessed” individuals are the most common type “because there is a pervasive belief that ‘more’ means ‘better’ at work.”

                                The Warning Signs of Productivity Addiction

                                Here are a few questions you should ask yourself if you think you may be succumbing to productivity addiction. After all, most of us aren’t aware of this until it’s too late.

                                • Can you tell when you’re “wasting” time? If so, have you ever felt guilty about it?
                                • Does technology play a big part in optimizing your time management?
                                • Do you talk about how busy you are most of the time? In your opinion, is hustling better than doing less?
                                • What is your relationship with your email inbox? Are you constantly checking it or experience phantom notifications?
                                • When you only check one item off your list, do you feel guilty?
                                • Does stress from work interfere with your sleep?
                                • Have you been putting things off, like a vacation or side project, because you’re “too swamped?

                                The first step toward turning around your productivity obsession is to recognize it. If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then it’s time to make a plan to overcome your addiction to productivity.

                                Overcoming Your Productivity Addiction

                                Thankfully, there are ways to curb your productivity addiction. And, here are 9 such ways to achieve that goal.

                                1. Set Limits

                                Just because you’re hooked on productivity doesn’t mean you have to completely abstain from it. Instead, you need to establish boundaries.

                                For example, there are a lot of amazing productivity podcasts out there. But, that doesn’t mean you have to listen to them all in the course of a day. Instead, you could listen to one or two podcasts, like The Productivity Podcast or Before Breakfast, during your commute. And, that would be your only time of the day to get your productivity fix.

                                2. Create a Not-to-Do List

                                Essentially, the idea of a not-to-do list is to eliminate the need to practice self-discipline. Getting rid of low-value tasks and bad habits will allow you to focus on what you really want to do as opposed to weighing the pros and cons or declining time requests. More importantly, this prevents you from feeling guilty about not crossing everything off an unrealistic to-do list.

                                3. Be Vulnerable

                                By this, I mean admitting where you could improve. For example, if you’re new to remote work and are struggling with thi s, you would only focus on topics in this area. Suggestions would be how to create a workspace at home, not getting distracted when the kids aren’t in school, or improving remote communication and collaboration with others.

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                                4. Understand Why You Procrastinate

                                Often, we procrastinate to minimize negative emotions like boredom or stress. Other times it could be because it’s a learned trait, underestimating how long it takes you to complete something or having a bias towards a task.

                                Regardless of the exact reason, we end up doing busy work, scrolling social media, or just watching one more episode of our favorite TV series. And, even though we know that it’s not for the best, we do things that make us feel better than the work we should do to restore our mood.[5]

                                There are a lot of ways to overcome procrastination. But, the first step is to be aware of it so that you can take action. For example, if you’re dreading a difficult task, don’t just watch Netflix. Instead, procrastinate more efficiently,y like returning a phone call or working on a client pitch.

                                5. Don’t Be a Copycat

                                Let’s keep this short and sweet. When you find a productivity app or technique that works for you, stick with it.

                                That’s not to say that you can’t make adjustments along the way or try new tools or hacks. However, the main takeaway should be that just because someone swears by the Pomodoro Technique doesn’t mean it’s a good fit for you.

                                6. Say Yes to Less

                                Across the board, your philosophy should be less is more.

                                That means only download the apps you actually use and want to keep (after you try them out) and uninstall the ones you don’t use. For example, are you currently reading a book on productivity? Don’t buy your next book until you’ve finished the one you’re currently reading (or permit yourself to toss a book that isn’t doing you any good). — and if you really want to finish a book more quickly, listen to the book on your way to work and back.

                                Already have plans this weekend? Don’t commit to a birthday party. And, if you’re day is booked, decline that last-minute meeting request.

                                7. Stop Focusing on What’s Next

                                “In the age when purchasing a thing from overseas is just one click and talking to another person is one swipe right, acquiring new objects or experiences can be addictive like anything else,” writes Patrick Banks for Lifehack .

                                “That doesn’t need to be you,” he adds. “You can stop your addition to ‘the next thing’ starting today.” After all, “there will always be this next thing if you don’t make a conscious decision to get your life back together and be the one in charge.”

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                                • Think about your current lifestyle and the person you’re at this stage to help you identify what you aren’t satisfied with.
                                • By setting clear goals for yourself in the future, you will be able to overcome your addiction.
                                • Establish realistic goals.
                                • To combat addiction, you must be aware of what is going on around you, as well as inside your head, at any given time.
                                • Don’t spend time with people who have unhealthy behaviors.
                                • Hold yourself accountable.
                                • Keep a journal and write out what you want to overcome.
                                • Appreciate no longer being addicted to what’s next.

                                8. Simplify

                                Each day, pick one priority task. That’s it. As long as you concentrate on one task at a time, you will be less likely to get distracted or overwhelmed by an endless list of tasks. A simple mantra to live by is: work smarter, not harder.

                                The same is also accurate with productivity hacks and tools. Bullet journaling is a great example. Unfortunately, for many, a bullet journal is way more time-consuming and overwhelming than a traditional planner.

                                9. Learn How to Relax

                                “Sure, we need to produce sometimes, especially if we have to pay the bills, but, banning obsession with productivity is unhealthy,” writes Leo Babauta. “When you can’t get yourself to be productive, relax.” Don’t worry about being hyper-efficient. And, don’t beat yourself up about having fun.

                                “But what if you can’t motivate yourself … ever?” he asks. “Sure, that can be a problem. But if you relax and enjoy yourself, you’ll be happier.”

                                “And if you work when you get excited, on things you’re excited about, and create amazing things, that’s motivation,” Leo states. “Not forcing yourself to work when you don’t want to, on things you don’t want to work on — motivation is doing things you love when you get excited.”

                                But, how exactly can you relax? Here are some tips from Leo;

                                • Spend 5 minutes walking outside and breathe in the fresh air.
                                • Give yourself more time to accomplish things. Less rushing means less stress.
                                • If you can, get outside after work to enjoy nature.
                                • Play like a child. Even better? Play with your kids. And, have fun at work — maybe give gamification a try .
                                • Take the day off, rest, and do something non-work-related.
                                • Allow yourself an hour of time off. Try not to be productive during that time. Just relax.
                                • You should work with someone who is exciting. Make your project exciting.
                                • Don’t work in the evenings. Seriously.
                                • Visit a massage therapist.
                                • Just breathe.

                                “Step by step, learn to relax,” he suggests. “Learn that productivity isn’t everything.” For that statement, sorry Leo, I say productivity isn’t everything — it’s the only thing.” However, if you can’t cut loose, relax, do fun things, and do the living part of your life — you’ll crack in a big way — you really will.

                                It’s great to create and push forward — just remember it doesn’t mean that every minute must be spent working or obsessing over productivity issues. Instead, invest your time in meaningful, high-impact work, get into it, focus, put in big time and then relax.

                                Are You Addicted to Productivity? was originally published on Calendar by John Rampton.

                                Featured photo credit: Christina @ wocintechchat.com via unsplash.com

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