I recently finished reading Peter Hollins’ book Endless Energy. Peter had a plethora of ideas on how to increase your energy levels. Here are my top 15 takeaways:
15 Take Aways
- Drink more water and minimize screen time, especially late in the day. I always start my day with a tall glass of water, but minimizing screen time has presented a little more of a challenge. You get double bang for your buck if you avoid searching news related items on your phone, laptop, or computer late in the day. If you are on your phone, try blue light blocking glasses. Another bonus tip for those wanting to start a new habit is to track your habits.
- Grounding, also called earthing, is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the earth. If you are in a cold climate check out an earthing mat for the winter months.
- Work in no more than 90 minutes cycles. This is definitely a new tip to me, but it makes a lot of sense!
- Your peak energy is around two hours after waking, so if you have a task you really want to tackle, set it up for that time.
- Be very wary of people who undermine your emotional energy. We all have some of those people in our lives, Enough said!
- Remove clutter from your life. A cluttered desk or home will make you less productive. Removing clutter is also physically healthier because it removes dust particles and toxins from the air. Decluttering can improve allergy symptoms and overall wellness.
- Maximize emotional energy by enriching how we feel about ourselves and the word. Practice gratitude, which can be life changing.
- Disturbed sleep is the biggest energy vampire. Be religious about optimizing sleep hygiene. Nick Littlehales wrote a fanatic book on the topic.
- Treat your brain like a muscle that you need for peak energy.
- Mindfulness can recharge and insulate you from the stresses of the world. An exhausted and overwhelmed mind causes us to become tired.
- Let go of the past.
- Cold therapy is a powerful tool for physical and psychological wellbeing. Just 30 to 90 seconds will do the trick.
- Practice the James Clear “Two minute rule.” Start your task within less than two minutes from the moment you start thinking about it. You don’t need to finish the task, you just need to start within two minutes.
- Put a cap on how long you will wait before making a decision, for example, two minutes.
- Reduce distractions like notifications, ringers, and multiple screens. Multitasking reduces our focus and effectiveness.