Get More Done by Finding Your Energy Source

loveA lot of people report that they don’t have enough energy to do everything they want to do. Many people often feel tired before the day is through.

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georgeMy dad used to describe it this way, “My get-up-and-go got up and went!”

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marylynn I was at an event recently. A friend of mine is part of the staff of a non-for-profit organization. They had a bigg fundraising kickoff. It started at 6 in the morning and the whole purpose was to get people to stop for free coffee, a bagel, and a fun family pack. I got there a little after 6 and there was my friend, on the corner, hopping up and down hollering, “Free coffee” and I don’t even think she’d had any. I admired her energy. I think she’s a peppy person – she’s always positive, always smiling. But I also think she really loves what she does.

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So your energy comes in part from being prepared mentally. But that’s not the whole story. You also have to be physically ready for the day. Because, for example, if you only get two hours of sleep night after night – no matter how much you might try to psyche yourself up – you’re going to run out of energy.

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georgeI have a friend who is the most disciplined person I’ve ever met. He seems to have boundless energy. I’ve never seen him drink anything but water. I asked him what he does to get going in the morning. I knew he didn’t drink coffee, so I assumed he must chug a highly-caffeinated soft drink or two. Nope. He said he just runs about five miles!

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Of course, if you constantly feel low on energy, it may be a sign of a deeper problem – a problem that demands your doctor’s attention.

A simple tool to find more energy

We always hesitate to suggest too much recording and tracking. It works, but it creates an additional demand on a schedule that’s already too demanding.

But we’ve found it helpful to keep an Energy Diary. We record the time of day, the activity and make comments about how we’re feeling. Then we’re able to look for consistencies – activities that boosted our energy level and things that squelched it.

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marylynn I’ve felt tired today. I noticed that I got up earlier this morning than I did yesterday. But I went to bed at about the same time. I think I need to establish a more consistent sleeping pattern.

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georgeAs we were writing this show, I told Mary-Lynn that I felt tired. Maybe it’s the subject! Seriously, I realized that I had been up for about five hours, but I had not eaten anything until about a half-hour ago. It hasn’t kicked in yet. I think I should eat more regularly so my energy stays up.

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We like this because it’s completely personal. By tracking what you’re doing and whether you’re feeling energized or not, you can find your energy source so you get more done. Because if it works for you, it works!

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