7 Ways To Boost Your Energy and Motivate Yourself to Get Things Done
If you’re like me, you probably spend your weekends laying on your bed or sofa, thinking about all the things you have to get done. You alternate between sleeping and worrying, taking the joy away from your unplanned lazy weekend.
Wouldn’t it be great to boost your energy and get motivated to get things done? I recently discovered ways to tackle my laziness and increase my energy and productivity.
1. Get Healthy
If you’re tired all the time, you should probably talk to your doctor to rule out any serious health problems. Health conditions like allergies, anemia, depression, sleep apnea, and hypothyroidism could cause extreme fatigue, leading to a sedentary lifestyle.
I went to see my doctor, and while I didn't have any of the conditions mentioned above, I found that my weight was affecting my energy. The more weight you carry around, the harder it is to get moving.
2. Check Your Diet
If you're tired all the time, is possible your diet could be the culprit.
A recent article titled “Why Sugar Makes Us Sleepy (And Protein Wakes Us Up)” speaks to the effects certain foods have on the body. Refined sugars reduce levels of orexin, a system that regulates mental properties like sleepiness and hunger. Lower orexin levels lead to a lower desire for physical activity. That is why it’s hard to get up and move after a carb-laden meal.
What we eat isn't about calories in and calories out. The content of our meals really matters.
3. Pump Up the Volume
Psychology Today revealed that “music is one of the most powerful neurobiological tools we have to change our mood, mindset, and behavior.” That’s why music never fails to elevate our mood and get us moving.
When I want to start writing, I listen to electronic or R&B. To clean my house, I turn up today’s hits or sing along my favorite artists. The next time you feel unmotivated, think about the music you love and the effect it has on your energy. All you have to do is pump up the volume and get to work.
4. Bust a Move
Whether it's stretching or taking a short walk, moving your body could help you get rid of your procrastination.
There have been instances where I've been unable to get up and do stuff. I've gone a walk, instantly feeling more productive. The sunlight and the movement of my muscles have been instant mood boosters. Try it next time and see if it gets you motivated.
5. Break it Down
Short generic lists have a way of making the simplest of tasks seem daunting and overwhelming. I’ve been guilty of listing “clean house” and “food prep” as to do’s, only to avoid them like the plague for the next few days or even months.
A simple way to kill procrastination is to break down tasks or projects into small chunks. Start with a high-level breakdown of what needs to get done, then break it down further to make it more manageable.
6. Get Accountable
Some of us tend to do better under pressure. If you’re only accountable to yourself, it’s very likely you won’t muster up the energy to get moving.
There is no faster way to get me to clean my house than to send me a text that you're on your way. You would have me running around the house like a mad woman, cleaning at speeds deserving of a Guinness World Record.
7. It's All About the Rewards
Sometimes you have to bribe yourself into getting things done.
Think about which rewards are equivalent to what you want to achieve. They might be just what you need to get started.
Which of these tricks will you put into practice? Commit to at least one to get back the energy and motivation you’ve been missing.