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Tips To Have More Energy

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?

tips to have more energy

Stress…

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 energyTips 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

 Final Thought

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,

Holly xx

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NathanG
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OK Holly, so tomorrow morning I’m going to wake up and try to calm myself down instead of run around like a chicken with my head cut off. Sit down with a nice cup of coffee and make a Top Ten list of what needs to be done and prioritize it. Take deep breaths, get some fresh air, exercise a bit, and work my way through the list. Sounds like a good plan and will probably give me peace of mind. Hopefully it will develop into a life habit. Thanks for the article.

Tar
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Hello Holly. How’s everything? Thanks for making your post clear. I mean being specific in explaining what type of energy you’re talking about.

It’s just one of those moments where I think ‘when this is done, I am gonna relax and enjoy like I’ve never felt before’.

When things fallen out of place, I always yell at times like a drunk. It’s just trying to unleash your inner beast out. That’s just me anyways.

Amanda
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Hi I’m really glad I came across this article today as I am feeling pressured to get 101 things done right now and easily get distracted. I have trouble sleeping a lot because of the list in my head of things to do. I’m off for a few days before I start a new job on Monday and I just want to do as much as possible. I’m full of flu as well. But I agree, I just need to breathe, relax and write stuff down. I use to be a list writer and loved them. But these days I… Read more »
Mark Lawrence
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Holly, I like your style and I know from personal experience that staying calm helps your overall health. I completely agree that a check list helps. I have used a yellow legal pad and now have graduated to digital checklist app I keep on my computer. Quite often I review my list the night before right before I quit for the day. This reminds me if I have an early appointment in the morning. Setting the list while things are quiet and your mind is refreshed is a great way to start your day. I have been amazed at how… Read more »
Maurice
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Wow awesome website you created there. Looks really professional and like youve been here for a lnog while already. Is that true or no? The bee especially makes it kind of great. THe website title as well. Anyway back to the topic. The way you talk about this subject is great. I totally agree with you on the energy part. Thanks for this info

Matthew
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I love your website let alone this one page. You are spreading a positive word and those needing that word will definitely be attracted to your website most definitely.
Take time and let go.
Keep up the great work with your website and i couldn’t agree more with the relationship articles. When you start loving yourself..things fall into place with others. When you are love, you attract love.
Well done

Heather
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Hi Holly, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your post, How To Have More Energy & Be More Effective. Over the years I have been amazed at what I can get accomplished in a day if I write things down on paper first. In some mysterious way, even when I think I’ll never get it all done, if it’s on that piece of paper, then somehow I manage to do it. There have been days when I don’t write things down or forget to and there is a noticeable difference in how my day will flow. It’s almost like the list… Read more »
Alex
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This is a great post! Me, personally am always tired and feel very stressed out. However, after reading this post and navigating around your site, I learned multiple things about how to be more energy efficient. Also, the little images add to your post alot and I enjoyed them very much. Keep up the great work!

Michael
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I love your whole theme on your site and this article. I am one to use lists, I write lists for everything, that is one of my excuses to sit down and still feel like I am working hard and getting stuff done. But what do I love the most about lists? Oh that moment I can check something off. But great advice about getting the hard stuff done first, I like to avoid and put that off just to see if maybe, hopefully I run out of time and not have to do it. Putting it off another day,… Read more »
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