How to Get More Energy (Hint: It's Not More Coffee!)
We’ve been talking about the outer layer of the Core of Confidence and how to value your resources—your time, money and energy. In this episode, we’re focusing on how to manage your energy. To start, I’ll give you five specific things you can do right now to boost your energy. Spoiler: Drinking more coffee isn’t one of them. I’ll also unpack an article that talks about how managing your energy might be even more important than managing your time.
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5 Ways to Boost Your Energy Right Now
A lot of people waste their energy by focusing on the things that don't matter, and then they don't have energy left over for the things that do. I'm not just talking about time or money or your attention. I'm also talking about effort and enthusiasm. Let’s be honest: Coffee can only do so much.
The reality is that our energy is finite—at some point, it’s going to run out. That's why I want to give you five specific things you can do this week to not only manage your energy, but also boost it.
Managing Energy vs. Time: Which Is better?
I want to highlight an article I read the other day by the Harvard Business Review called “Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time.” Specifically, I want to talk about where it says that energy can be “systematically expanded and regularly renewed by establishing specific rituals—behaviors that are intentionally practiced and precisely scheduled, with the goal of making them unconscious and automatic as quickly as possible.”
This is fascinating to me, and what's so amazing is that I found this article after I started my own rituals. See, you already have enough to worry about in a given day, am I right? Your brain is already working hard to keep up with your work, your business, your goals, your relationships and your to-do list. That takes energy!
That’s why it’s so important to do things that create structure. Go to bed early. Wake up early. And stop giving your brain more than it needs to work on. You’ll have more peace and freedom by creating rituals that give you real results in your life and with your energy.
This Is Too Much to Handle Alone
I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. — Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
The truth is, we can do things to boost our energy. We can do things that give us real results in our life. But we're still going to go through times that are hard. I’ve been through them, and I’m sure you have too. When we're in those seasons—or even when we're in really good times—it’s important to remember that the number one source of strength and renewal of our energy is God.
Here are a few journal questions to help you process this:
- What feels too big for you to handle right now?
- How have you been trying to get through that?
- How have you experienced God’s strength in you in the past?
- How do you need God to show up and strengthen you right now?