To achieve our best work, we require both focus and energy. However, many of us find it difficult to keep our focus for up to or even over 8 hours in our working day. The main problem is, where exactly can we find this energy? Is it possible to adjust our workload in such a way, that the more demanding tasks are approached at our most productive moments? And during periods of deflation, how do we recover?
Schedule tasks in line with your energy
Most day working professionals perform best in the mid-morning and late-afternoon periods of their day; in order to achieve the best of ourselves, it may be beneficial to match our circadian rhythm to the day’s schedule. Typically people will feel energized and drowsy around the same times every day, this is their circadian rhythm. Everyone is different so try and take note of your and match your harder tasks to those peaks.
Get up and move
Any physical movement, no matter the intensity will help to boost our alertness and energy levels. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain and fatigue and trigger a positive feeling in the body.
Whilst practising the art of meditation itself might be uncommon in UK workplaces. Meditation actually decreases stress, and increases concentration and focus on a tired brain. Full meditation may not be possible, however incorporating breathing and calming exercises with help improve your day.
Do not depend on caffeine
Coffee may feel as though it alleviates the effects of fatigue, but all it really does is to hinder the chemical signals that tell the body we are tired. Caffeine may feel like it’s working, however, like any other chemical assistant, the effects will wear off after a surprisingly short time. We are not saying ban coffee by all means, but, we are saying do not depend on it.
Listen to music
Music is a great way to pump yourself up or help you to relax. However, if you work in an open floor environment there may be many factors you’ll need to consider. Music for those that can listen to it while they work will help adjust their mood. For instance; a fast-paced beat may get one person energised, whereas a laid-back beat might help someone else clear their mind and focus.
Disconnect from technology
Working on a computer or using a smartphone late into the night, directly harms energy levels available for the next day. This is due blue light emitted from the screens you were just using, blue light suppresses the production of melatonin, a chemical that tells the brain it’s time to go to sleep. Allow the brain to rest, put the device away, you’ll be better off for it.
As we all should know, the key to feeling more energised during the day is to get better quality sleep at night. It is not enough to just go to bed to re-energise, you need to enter into a state of sleep that will give your brain time to assess the day and get ready for the next. A quiet, dark, and cool environment can help promote melatonin, while, going to bed at a sensible time will allow the best chance of entering the best sleep state possible.
- Exercise or Meditate when energy levels start to wane.
- Put down devices at least one hour before going to bed, and try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep regularly.
- Use music for motivation and to energise (if you can).
- Tackle important or creative tasks during periods of low energy, save them for peak energy hours.
- Sit at a desk all day; take short walks or stretch and get away from that screen.
- Depend on coffee and tea to get through your day.
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