In order to spend more time doing the things you love – and engaging in activities that will actually boost your energy further – you need to find ways to save time throughout the day. That way, you can introduce new things to your routine without feeling like you’re being pushed too far.
This will also help you to recharge and relax by having some time spare, which will ultimately help you to be even more focused, productive and creative at work!
Believe it or not, tidying your home makes a massive difference to your energy levels, your confidence and therefore your ability to stick at your training. Think of your home as an extension of your state of mind – if you’re very stressed your home is more likely to look a mess. If your home is a mess, you’ll be more stressed.
So what’s the easiest way to keep your home tidier and to give yourself more mental clarity and space? Actually, it’s to get ruthless and just throw things out. Got a box of junk on the wardrobe you haven’t looked in for a year? Get rid of it. Got 20 ornaments on every surface? Throw out half of them (at least!).
This may sound extreme but simply having more space, even just seeing out the corner of your eye. That there’s space under the bed, can make a huge difference to your state of mind and the lack of clutter makes it easier for your mind and body to unwind.
Clutter and mess literally cause you to produce norepinephrine, cortisol and other stress hormones, so this can end up leaving you feeling completely spent unless you can do something about it. This is particularly useful when you consider that it will also make tidying up much easier in future.
Now you’ll be able to clean surfaces by wiping a wet cloth, without having to remove lots of items from around your home. Finding things will be easier and generally, you’ll find you have more time and energy as a result.
Oh, and when you remove 50% of your ornaments, you’ll be left with a much higher ‘average quality’ of things on display. This actually makes your home look much wealthier and more impressive because there’s no longer the less impressive stuff to detract from the great stuff…
Most of us will do at least one – probably two – big shops every week. This involves driving to the supermarket, walking around the aisles, loading up our trolleys, wrestling with other customers and then loading up our bags and carrying them to the car.
That’s a heck of a lot of effort! Not to mention the fact that when you shop like this, you have no idea of the budget or the precise amount you’re spending. If you want to perform optimally at work the next day, then spending your evenings hunting around supermarkets with screaming kids is not the way to do it…
And so it makes a lot more sense to shop online. Set up a selection of items that you want to buy – you can even do this on your lunch break – and then have them delivered each week with a few variations to keep your meals interesting. You just saved yourself 1-3 hours a week and those hours would have involved a lot of exertion.
And if there’s nothing else you can do, then think about the ways you can make. Work the journey a little more relaxing and a little less stressful. This might mean reading a great book with headphones and some good music, or it might mean napping to get even more energy in!