Did you know we each have our own perfect internal natural rhythm? Think about what an ideal day would look like in your life.
How much sleep do you get at night to feel your best? Do you eat 3x/day or 6? Do you exercise for 30 minutes or 2 hours? Do you work best in the morning? Do you think best in the morning, afternoon, or evening? When do you do fun things? Does a nap help rejuvenate you or make you groggy?
This is all about energy. Your energy. When you have it and when you don’t.
I’ve got friends who are night owls. They are most alert, awake, creative, and productive between 11pm and 3am. This blows me away. If I’m not sleeping during those hours, I’m a wreck. I’m a sun girl. When the sun comes up I’m ready to go. When it’s gone, so am I. But I know that about myself, and I plan my life around that natural rhythm accordingly.
I only have so much energy throughout the day. So do you.
I want to feel great energy, alert, and focused when I’m working on certain activities, like coaching clients. I can’t do it past a certain time or my brain is fried and they don’t get my best. They deserve my best.
Do you know how your energy ebbs and flows throughout the day? Do you know when you have the most, when you have the least, and schedule your life (even you work schedule) around that?
Give this a try. Spend one week writing down when you have energy and when you don’t. Notice the time of day and what you are doing.
Look for the patterns. Do you do the activities that require the most energy physically or mentally when you actually have that energy? Or are you trying to grudgingly get through something that’s taking forever when your energy is at a lower level?
Since you have your own natural energy rhythm, why not work with it rather than against it. Schedule high brain and or physically energy activities during your day when you have the energy for them. Schedule the activities that don’t require much out of you during the times when you don’t have much energy to give to them.
Honor yourself. Don’t try to squeeze out energy where it doesn’t exist. It ain’t gonna happen. You’ll only feel more depleted.
Use your time wisely and efficiently by flowing with your energy. That’s one way to actually get things done, with more enthusiasm even, and have time to spare.
Listen to your energy. It’s speaking to you.
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