We have all woken up in the morning to get ready for our Workday, half sleeping and half thinking if we could just get another 30 mins of sleep. And when we finally decide that we cant even afford even another 5 mins of sleep, let alone 30, then our energies kind of drop and we go about getting ready for your workday and heading out. And all through the day, our energies are kind of low because we didn’t get that extra five mins of sleep. We drink coffee all day long, to keep yourself fresh, and more than fresh to keep yourself awake. And all day long, we just wait to head back home so that we can get back into our comfortable bed and doze of without having to worry about waking up in another 10 or 15 mins. Reading this, we are all like, “been there, done that.”
And when we are done imaging all of the above, we try to find some things that we could do differently or few things that we could do or not do so that we can handle our low energies. So we think that maybe sleeping early could give us that extra half hour of sleep that will help you get through the day with a relatively fresher mind.
Not being as enthusiastic during the day has a lot repercussions. If you have an interview, then you can’t go in with a sleepy face or low on Energy, looking disinterested and expect to land the job. If you are hired by the company, then you can’t always look tired and unable to perform a task. Why would a company want such an employees who doesn’t have the energy to do even one thing properly.
But there are these five morning rituals that you can easily adopt in your daily life and make your life much easier.
Adopting these rituals will help you energise your workday and you will actually start to see the difference in you. You won’t be sleepy, or grumpy anymore but you will have the energy to do the things that you were incapable (or so you thought) of doing. They may seem like a lot to begin with but once you start to make the little changes in your lifestyle in general, and once you get into the rhythm of performing these little activities, you will definitely see the difference.
Start your workday early
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a person healthy wealthy and wise; should be the motto of your life if you want to make some serious (read positive) changes in your life. Our ancestors were right in saying that early risers are better at work and are generally much more satisfied with their life as compared to the people who have the Habit of hitting the snooze button just to get those extra 5 mins of sleep. It is the worst thing that you could do to yourself and start your day with. Drop it! Those extra 5 mins aren’t helping you! Instead they are doing quite the opposite. Even the studies suggest that if you are an early riser then you are generally more productive as you have those extra hours of morning, which you otherwise would have slept, to complete your pending tasks. And even if you don’t have any pending tasks, an early start to your workday will only help you adopt to your surrounding more easily as well because we all tend to be a little out of touch and unable to understand our surroundings when we wake up.
So if you think that there is no way that you can wake up before, say 7 o clock, then try and set your alarms for 6:30 instead of setting them at 7 o clock. This will help you trick yourself into a mental satisfaction of having slept for a little while extra plus you will be able to start your day at the time you intend to (even if you can’t wake up at 6:30). But don’t forget to sleep at proper time, maybe a little earlier than normal. Because being sleep deprived will also not help you, but rip you off the basic happiness and well-being of yourself.
Have a proper breakfast
When our ancestors said that always eat your breakfast like a king, they had a pretty logical reasoning behind it. They knew that you would have a long day ahead of yourself, so you would need that extra energy to keep you going through the day. So start with having a proper breakfast. Even if it is a little heavy for your diet, you have the whole day to burn off the extra calories that you intake. And don’t make the mistake of having your breakfast along with checking your mail. Just concentrate on your breakfast. Start your workday with putting your life and gains before the life and the gains of the people that you work for. You practically don’t even let your brain wake up before you start to look through your mails and assessing the work that needs to be done. That is the worst start that you could give to your day. Going through your mail before or with your breakfast puts an extra burden on your mind to complete the task and makes you rush through your breakfast. It is always the slow and the steady who wins the race. So start your day slowly but steadily so that you have enough energy to get through the day. Do not burden your mind before it is ready to handle the burden.
It is like teaching a 4th grader, how to solve a math problem of a 10th grader, it is futile effort. The world will not come crashing down around you if you are a little late to check your mails for once, or if you refuse to check your mail before the breakfast and you just want to enjoy one hearty meal with your family and have a real conversation with them. Just take the day as it comes, don’t try and over prepare yourself for the day and over burden your mind. This will make your energies drop to the lowest level when you realize the amount of work you have got to do even before you have got down to working.
Concentrate to create a power hour
Well as much as it is advocated against to check your mail along with your breakfast, there are still some people who, out of habit, just can’t go about without checking their mail. So if that is you, and you can’t start your day without knowing what lies ahead of you then there is an alternative for you. Try and create a power hour for yourself, at least. It is believed that the energy level and the enthusiasm of the people is at its highest at 10 in the morning, so try and create an hour then when you can tap that enthusiasm of yourself (to say the very least) and get into the work mode. Take the most difficult task at that time. The energy level created at that time trying to complete the task will help you feel energized all day long and will help you in doing the work with much more energy throughout the workday. Even if you can’t create that power hour for the whole team, at least you will be able to create to the energy to get through the day. This technique of creating a power hour can do wonders if adopted properly. All you need to do is to try and concentrate on finishing the most difficult task, or even if not finishing but just trying to concentrate on the most difficult task with all your vigor, just for that one hour.
Try and incorporate some physical activity
Nobody wants to start off their trying to sit through a boring meeting and trying to concentrate on the boring presentations. Nothing can be more boring than that. But you can turn it into something interesting. You can suggest your team to conduct the meeting while having a walk. There are some offices where the boardroom does not contain chairs and a table but a treadmill facing each other. So that the employees are able to incorporate a little physical activity in an otherwise boring routine and get their brains running. In its defence, it is believed that an active mind has a tendency to give better and more innovative ideas when compared to a bored and inactive mind. So if you want to increase your productivity or the productivity of your employees then propose to incorporate a physical activity or invest in some equipment to help the employees get active in the morning. But even if some companies think that they do not have enough funds to make investments in such equipment then suggest taking a walk in the park while discussing the data of the meeting. It can be very helpful to begin your day on a high energy note and get that extra energy for the rest of the day as well.
Find the culprit
After following the above mentioned key points, you find yourself low on energy then you need to seriously go through your routine once again. You can even do this before adopting any of the above mentioned techniques to start your workday. Take a week and try and closely observe your daily ritual and routine. When you wake up, what is the first thing that you do, when do you leave for your work, how is your mood when you leave for office, do you feel rushed, what is the first thing that you do when you reach the office? These little observations can help you pin point the exact location where you need to work on. Although some habits are good and help you take a long, like the ones mentioned above. But there are also some habits that you need to change because they are not doing any good to you. And observing your daily routine is going to help you in doing that. Finding the culprit who is keeping your energies on an all-time low.
You need to know and understand what you are doing and what kind of effect is it having on you. For example, if the first thing that you do in the morning, after coming back to your sense, is check your Facebook , then what else do you need to kick start your workday with a forever low energy. Why do you want to look into other people’s life before you start on with your own life? Why do you want to start your day with comparisons of your life with the life of your “friends”? Do you not have enough on your plate, enough things to worry about yourself, that you want to add low self-esteem too? Hence this needs to change. And once you start to change the little things in your lifestyle, start realizing what is wrong with your current lifestyle then you will start to see the difference in your energy level, without even having to incorporate any new habit all together.
As mentioned above, it can be quite unnerving to think that you are about to change how you go through your day. Or it can be quite difficult to change your habits or adopt some new ones. But it is extremely important for you to do that. Because the benefit of all this will be enjoyed by you alone. You will be the one to work with a better and a fresher mind frame. You will be the one who will be able to tackle their problems better and provide a better solution to them. You have had enough of low energies. It is time to change the bad habits and bring about some good ones. They will take you a long-long way. If only you are true to them and implement the new schedule or rituals or habits properly. Cheating won’t work.
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