Before I go any further, I just want to make it clear that this article is not referring to physical energy. The energy I am discussing is in relation to our minds and rationale. Should you wish to read more about maintaining and managing physical energy please see my Physical Well Being page.
Not enough time or (energy) on our hands!
I decided to take the day off in order to catch up on some bits and pieces that needed doing. When I say ‘bits and pieces’ what I actually mean is an arm and a legs worth of jobs to complete.
If you have been on my website before, you will know that I am a big advocate for staying calm. Feeling relaxed is important to me and I am always looking for new tips to have more energy all round.
Well, that morning was one of those times when I thought ‘I have so much to do and I don’t know where to begin’. Christmas was in less than two weeks – you know how it is 😉 Every day you feel like you are just playing catch up – a constant uphill struggle that is totally ineffective. What’s the solution besides running around like a headless chicken?
So straight away, before the day had even taken hold, the stress started to kick in. Hence why I was in the shops by 9:10am doing some Christmas shopping and trying to keep ahead of the mad rush. I got out as quickly as possible and then being snowed under with bags, literally dragged everything back to mine.
FYI – I am not one for shopping generally, unless it is impulsive and fun, whereby I do not have the pressure of running around looking for specific items.
Ok, so by 10:30am I’m back in huffing and puffing, putting everything away including the secret stashes that I have dotted about the house leading up to the holidays. It was only when I got the chance to sit down with a cup of coffee, did it occur to me to stop fretting and panicking. It wasn’t even midday yet and I looked like I had just come off of a treadmill. The last thing I felt like was mustering up the energy to do all the other things needed to be done.
Think clarity… think effectively… think tranquility
“Right, enough” – I said to myself. “I am going to take my time and enjoy the rest of my coffee and then I will make a list”. That is exactly what I did; after drinking my coffee I quickly jotted down all the things that HAD to be done today. When I say HAD, I am referring to important jobs or goals that I had set myself for the day. Admittedly, I have a habit of being quite ambitious when mentally planning these things, which is what usually starts making me feel tense. Do you find the same and fall into a similar trap?
Anyway, there I was making my ‘to do list’ – which I decided to limit to ten tasks, (it is my day off after all!). Finally, I prioritized them by putting numbers next to each one; determining this by establishing which job was causing the most annoyance or pressure, therefore making me feel agitated. So I started with the most important and then worked through my list from there. By 4pm I was almost half way through – the first couple of jobs have been the most time consuming plus I stopped for lunch!. However, I must say that I was feeling in a much better place by then. I felt like I had accomplished several things at least and the best part is that what I had left to do was not that monotonous. Brilliant – I could then have a more relaxing remainder of the day.
Tips To Have More Energy
With the busy lives that we all lead, I thought it would be beneficial for me to share with you my best approach to overcoming a ‘million’ things to do. This way there will still be a balance in which you can have some time for you without feeling guilty.
Next time you feel overwhelmed, like I did that day, try the following;
- sit down with a drink and just take a minute or two to calm down (deep breathing also helps)
- make a list of what must be done that day (MUST be done – not just anything and everything)
- ask yourself which the most pressing or stressful of the tasks are and which you should tackle first and then number them in that order
- calmly and methodically work your way through remembering to take an odd break here and there
If you try this you will discover two things. Firstly, you will find that your list will be finished more quickly than expected. Secondly, the jobs you were stressing over weren’t even that bad!
For those of you who are more creative and want to be even more organized, drawing a graph for the week could also be a potential solution. There are plenty of tips to have more energy out there, but I wanted to give you tips that I have personally benefited from.
It is never a good idea to try to get everything done at once because you only get yourself worked up – neither will you achieve much. Never forget the 80/20 rule; 80% of our actions produce 20% results, and 20% of our actions produce 80% results. Clarity, tranquility, logic and calm are underestimated but truly are the best secret mindset behind having more energy. It enables you to do things more effectively… and without feeling like you are losing your mind in the process!
I wish you all an effective and tranquil day 🙂
Thank you for reading!
Lots of Love, Light & Tranquility,