We have been asked that question many times; How to maintain a source of inexhaustible energy throughout a working day? Let’s think beyond coffee because coffee being highly addictive must not become our habit. Once we start with this habit of drinking coffee, we might not be able to get rid of it. Well, how to do it then? These steps that follow should help you in maintaining a remarkable level of energy throughout a working day.
Here are 5 morning routines that will do the trick of maintaining your efficiency during working hours:
- 20 Minutes morning reading
The first thing you should do after waking up is pick up a nice book and read for at least 20 minutes. Don’t even check your messages or emails before you read that book. Resist the temptation of going to your computer the first thing in the morning. That’s because reading something positive as the first thing you do in the morning will set the perfectly positive tone for the rest of your day. Resist using your smart-phone, or any other thing that might distract you.
The reason why you should do this is that you will be able to grasp a sense of self-control because you will be doing something that you have deliberately chosen to do. If the very first thing you do upon waking up is to incessantly start worrying about the countless demands of life, then you are waking yourself up for failure. If you do this, then you will end up depleted and unproductive during your whole day. Instead, start your day with a sense of self-control so that you can maintain that attitude throughout your day and thus maintain a virtuous cycle. These first 20 minutes are almost sacred, so use them wisely!
- 10 Minutes morning exercise
Followed by your 20-minute morning reading, do 10 minutes of physical morning exercises. You could try push-ups, leg raises, sit-ups or jogging. Do whatever you can to just get yourself physically pumped up. A little good music can also be a great help. Your metabolism will also boost up due to exercising in the morning and that will allow your body to burn even more calories throughout your day because of a process known as the excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC).
Your productivity will also increase due to exercises because they will charge up your endorphins. That way, you will feel more awake and will be most definitely ready to tackle your entire day because you gave yourself that extra power boost. In addition to the proven productivity boost that exercise gives, research has also shown that working out increases your mental clarity for at least 4 to 10 hours after the exercises. This 10-minute workout can really get you started and ready for the next step.
- 15 Minutes morning shower
Between morning and night showers, you should definitely choose morning showers. This may be difficult for a lot of people but showering early in the morning has many benefits. It is yet another booster that will get you ready for a long day ahead of you. According to research, a morning shower can revitalize your body and help in stimulating the lymphatic system.
In addition to waking you up in the morning, it can even boost your creativity. It is especially recommended to those who have a hard time in the morning while getting out of bed. Showers will help you washing that sleep off!
- 5 Minutes of writing in the morning
Giving five minutes to writing every morning will actually create great value in your life. Try spending five minutes every morning writing about all the things you are grateful for, maybe your parents, your health, your work, etc. You could then try writing about one task that you would need to do or get done above everything else during that day. Lastly, try writing your long-term Goal down. By doing that, you can remind yourself that everything you do that day will be just another step that will take you closer to your goal.
- Power breakfast for 10 minutes
Power breakfasts are the best. Take time to eat an abundant and hearty breakfast. It could include cereals, fruits, breads, milk, hot chocolate, chow-mein and so on. You will feel ready to face the world after this breakfast. You may eat this breakfast at your office or in class, but always make sure that you have this power breakfast. If you usually go through these initial steps without speaking to anyone, then try something different on breakfast. Have your breakfast your way!
You’re not wrong in thinking that these rules are too simplistic because indeed they are. So do them, right? Because simple as they may be, they are highly effective. These few solutions are healthy and lasting.
Take the decision to use these five awesome steps and they will work wonders for you. As a matter of fact, try sleeping for 5.5 hours down from eight hours. This may sound a little counterintuitive but you will end up having more energy to get through your day as compared to when you were sleeping for 8 hours.