Everyone wants to know how to increase energy and productivity, but there aren’t many of us willing to do what it takes to achieve it. Most of us would simply like for someone to hand us a magic elixir that says, “drink this” (insert energy drink of choice here) and call her good. Nope, that is not the way to get the results I’m guessing you’re looking for if you are reading this article.
Here are 4 key steps to increasing your energy and productivity throughout your day.
GET PLENTY OF SLEEP
Well heck, you say… that’s a no brainer, you say. Sure, everyone knows you should get plenty of sleep, but how many of us actually make it a priority to get the rest we need to be productive and energetic the next day?
Your body requires 7-8 hours a night for you to be your most effective self the next day. Sleep reduces cortisol levels which kills energy and makes you better able to handle stress. It also reduces depression caused by lack of rest. Sleep clears toxins from your brain and gives you better cognitive abilities, such as better decision making, reasoning and deduction capabilities, as well as better short term memory recall.
Yes, you do have time to exercise. Make it a priority. I find the best time to exercise is first thing in the morning, rather than waiting until you get home from work when the last thing you want to do is exercise. You don’t even need to go to the gym, you can do a 25-30 minute workout at home at least 3-5 times a week.
Exercise increases your energy levels and increases your feel good hormones, serotonin and dopamine, which in turn decreases depression. Exercise increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain which is very important for healthy brain function and regeneration of brain cells. As you grow older your brain mass decreases and exercise can actually reverse that and increase brain mass by generating new brain cells. And of course, the more oxygen and brain cell regeneration your brain has, the better reasoning, decision making and memory recall abilities you have.