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Five Catalysts to Energize Your Workday
Published on Jan 14, 2013
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Even if you’re working for yourself on a project you’re passionate about, you will nonetheless go through stages of fatigue. Your eyelids start to become heavy. The computer screen starts to blur. You suddenly realize that your office desk looks remarkably like a water bed. Don’t despair. Fatigue is normal. It only becomes a problem when it starts to become a part of your regular routine and leads to full-fledged exhaustion. If you’re feeling a little worn out from work, try implementing some of these tips to make a pre-emptive strike on your fatigue. Establish a routine that reinforces alertness and excitement.
The best way to generate excitement during work is to work on a project that challenges you intellectually. This may be easier said than done, especially if you’re working on some kind of menial task. But you can add some creativity to almost any project. Approach the challenge from an unlikely angle. Try to complete the job in a different way than you’re used to. Who knows? By mixing up your usual routine, you may stumble across a method that improves your efficiency.
Go Easy on the Coffee
Yes, we all love caffeine. Nobody is advising you to completely give up your precious morning latte. But there is a law of diminishing returns that applies here, as it does in every other scenario. Blasting through the day with endless cups of coffee or tea is like a pyramid scheme that disguises itself as a legitimate business. Eventually, your exhaustion will be exposed. The crash always follows the rush. Additionally, by limiting your coffee intake, you’ll lower your tolerance, making caffeine more effective for the times when you really need an extra boost.
Take Back Your Morning
Most people follow similar schedules when it comes to work. Wake up, shower, and start working as soon as possible. But why must we all follow this “normal” routine? If you work for yourself, you have a unique opportunity to make your own schedule. Instead of getting to work immediately, take an hour in the morning to ease into the day. Do something non-work related, stay off the computer, and then start working after you’ve fully awakened. What should you do? Well, whatever you like, really. Read a book or the newspaper. Spend time with your family. Or, you could always spend your morning engaging in…
The best way to improve your sleep, health, and mood is to follow a regular exercise routine. Staying in shape will improve your business by making your more alert and relaxed at the same time. If you can work out in the morning and establish a routine, you’ll make healthier choices the rest of the day. Your body will crave healthful foods and plenty of water and you won’t want to sabotage your hard work. Alternatively, perform your exercise routine in the middle of your workday, rebooting your system and setting yourself up for success.
Learn Something New
What have you always wanted to do? It could be something practical like learning a foreign language or something less practical but fun like learning to juggle. Expose your mind to fresh challenges and be rewarded with increased neuronal connections and enhanced creativity. Devote time to your hobby daily, even if just for an hour. Like working out your body, working out your mind is a great way to take a break from working. Get back to business knowing you’ve accomplished something that contributes to your personal growth.
Matthew Toren is an Award Winning Author, Serial Entrepreneur, and Investor. He Co-Founded YoungEntrepreneur.com along with his brother Adam. Matthew is co-author of the newly released book: Small Business, Big Vision: “Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right” and also co-author of Kidpreneurs.