Trying to find constant motivation when you lead a busy life is sometimes just a struggle. Being busy all the time comes with responsibility and determination to keep chugging along. And doing so oftentimes leaves us worn out, tired, sore and agitated.
It may seem like staying busy can be a negative aspect to your life and perhaps to your health, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I can tell you from experience that leading a busy life has left me feeling more accomplished, fulfilled, and happier overall than when I have too much free time. You just have to know how to pace yourself and not overdo it.
Here’s how to stay energetic when you lead a busy life:
1. Go to bed at a decent time.
Coming from someone who underestimated the importance of getting enough sleep, trust me, it matters more than you think.
I used to have a motto that included the notion that “sleep is secondary.” Basically, I thought that sleep was a waste of time and was just slowing me down. Well, I was very wrong. I found myself unable to accomplish all the things I wanted in a day, feeling sluggish and weak. It didn’t take me long to realize it’s because I’m not getting enough sleep at night.
Once I made the executive decision to to create a regular bedtime for myself, I saw drastic changes almost immediately. I know it’s unrealistic to go to bed at the exact same time every night, but I try to hit the sack within a general timeframe so that I assure I’m getting the appropriate hours of sleep.
By doing so I’ve noticed I have an easier time waking up, a more motivated attitude, abundant energy, and the ability to accomplish more in one day than I thought was possible. So in reality, going to bed earlier has allowed me to get more done throughout the day with, less hours. Who would have thought?
2. Give yourself something to look forward to.
If you have a reason to wake up in the morning, it’ll give you a lot more motivation and determination when you know you have a busy day ahead of you.
I know waking up and thinking of all the things you need to conquer before the end of the day can make you dread getting out of bed all together. I’ve learned that when I fill my day with things that inspire me or make me proud, I find that being so busy doesn’t really bother me. My lack of free time to myself is replaced with accomplishing goals and creating new ideas. As long as you make sure to do things that truly make you happy, then being busy won’t bother you either.
If your career includes painting in a studio and helping students to be more abstract, then do that and teach as many students as you can. If you want to become a professional yogi and see how flexible you really are, then take classes and make it a priority to go to every class. If you want to read more books and think it’s a waste of time, don’t, because it will make you smarter and make you think differently. Just do what makes you happy and give yourself a reason to wake up every morning.
3. Keep a journal of your goals/accomplishments.
Believe it or not, visually seeing what you need to accomplish each day will give you more energy to do so. There’s just something fulfilling about making a to-do list and crossing the tasks off of it, one at a time. The smaller the list gets, the happier I feel because I know I’m being productive. It also helps to prioritize and define what should get done first, which will make it easier to decide what absolutely needs to get done today and what can wait until tomorrow.
Investing in a cute journal and fun pen is worth it. Something travel-size to keep in your purse and whip out whenever necessary. Getting into the habit of making lists of your day-to-day activities and even your long-term goals, will give you more energy by default. Whatever makes us feel powerful is what will give us the most energy.
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Always try to work your body everyday, even if it’s just for 2o minutes. It makes a huge difference and is beneficial in several ways. Exercise is proven to make your feel healthier, happier and more energetic, especially when it’s consistent. I’ve noticed that I’m way more motivated when I get my body moving because it challenges me both physically and mentally. And a challenge can give you energy even when you think it will just tire you out.
You may think you’re too busy to workout sometimes, but make time for it anyway. It will make you feel better about yourself and will allow you to do the things you love so much, everyday. Getting into a routine will allow you to find release and stay strong when you’re treading along another winded day. You already do enough, so why not add just one more (positive) thing?
5. Drink coffee or tea.
If you aren’t a coffee drinker, then by all means don’t become addicted! Just try it and see how your body handles it. I personally can’t handle too much at once or else I get jittery and anxious. But with just the right amount, I’m able to stay awake longer and have a more energetic and positive attitude to get the larger chunk of my to-do list done.
Start off by drinking sweeter coffees or light teas, to get you going. Sometimes it doesn’t take much. Just a little kick to spice up your day can make a bigger difference. Not only is it an energizer, but it’s somewhat of a fun and tasty reward for getting all your tasks done. I think that’s why so many people love coffee so much — they associate it with success!
The busier you are, the more energy you’ll need. Invest your time in things that will enhance your overall well-being and never take on more than you can realistically handle. We know you’re capable of many things, you just have to make sure they’re the right things.
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How do you stay energetic?