How to Beat Procrastination by Boosting Your Energy
By Tom Harris | Productivity
Do you ever feel like you have the time to do something, but not the energy?
I have. In fact, I just felt it before writing this post. I had an hour free in my diary but after a long day being productive, I was struggling to find the motivation. I was procrastinating, scrolling through Facebook and waiting for some sudden spurt of energy.
The thing is, that energy never comes. If you want to find some energy then you need to do something about it.
Productive people know exactly how to manage their energy levels.
When you know how to manage your energy levels you can focus better on the task at hand and work more efficiently.
Let’s take a look at how you can do that.
#1 Cut down on caffeine and sugar
Drinking coffee and eating sugary products leads to unnatural spikes in energy. Have you ever had too many coffees in the day and found that your energy is still wavering later on? I used to have 6 coffee’s before midday, my energy was gone by 3pm. The same happens when you eat too much sugar too. I now only drink coffee when I need a pick me up, a sudden boost of energy for a project, or as a treat. Use it when you need it!
TIP: I have some fruit and a coffee before I need to work on an important piece of work. This gives me a real boost of productive energy and it doesn’t mess up my energy levels for the day.
#2 Understand your energy levels
It isn’t just coffee and sugar that can play with your energy levels. It can be anything you eat. In a recent article eating unhealthily was linked with a 66% increased risk of loss of productivity. You could create a whole guide on eating healthy but everybody reacts differently to food.
You should keep a ‘food and mood’ diary for a week and see what foods make you feel rubbish, and what ones make you feel great. Then start cutting out the foods that are having a negative effect on your energy levels.
#3 Don’t skip meals
I used to be so busy that it was easy to skip meals. The problem was I always paid for it later in the day. A study published in the journal Nutritional Health found that missing any meal during the day led to an overall greater feeling of fatigue by the day’s end. When you miss a meal you are depriving your body of energy providing food. And at some point in the day, you are going to reach a deficit and ‘pay’ for it.
If you want to keep your energy levels balanced then always make sure you eat regular meals across the day.
Use the three steps in this guide and start using your energy better.
Don’t let a sudden dip in energy derail your productive day.
Don’t let procrastination take over.
Understand your energy levels, give it a boost and get more done today.
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