There’s loads of apps, planners and courses on productivity with a focus on planning by the day/hour/minute to maximise output. But they don’t necessarily consider your own unique pace. I’m here to arm you with some energy boosting ideas.

So it’s late afternoon and you’re feeling blah. You find yourself zoning out with an attention span that has whittled down to zero, getting a quick hit from a Snickers bar chased down by caffeine. We’ve all been there.

It is possible to manage the afternoon slump.

The secret is in energy planning.

We use and love productivity tools at WFA but equally we plan our productivity around our own individual energy levels. Right now we are working intensely on a new project. We’re putting in long days. Our daily planning session includes discussions about the best time to go for a SUP for Andy, early morning beach workout and sometimes an afternoon escape for me and we commit to a meal plan for the day as well as hitting our work deadlines. Our WFA mindset allows us to do this and you can do the same.asleep at desk computer

Every person has their own natural pace, with varying levels of energy. Once you understand your pace, plan your time and energy renewal around your own body clock. Think about when you are at your sharpest in the day. Plan for the downtimes. In addition take these elements into consideration:

1. Hello hydration! Feeling tired is one of the first signs of dehydration. Filling back up on H2O could zap the sleepiness.

tickDrink water all day.

tickInvest in a decent refillable water bottle and take it wherever you go.

 Diet coke and energy drinks are not your friends.

2. Sleep. In our over busy, over connected lives, most people are sleep deprived.

Get to bed at a reasonable hour. Take afternoon naps if that’s what you need. It’s OK!

(So I know your boss may not allow that one…… even more reason to start living life on your own terms if you are not doing so already).

 Stop saying ‘I only need 4 hours sleep’. It’s just foolish.

3. Move. Sitting kills. Movement heals. A little dramatic but it gets the message across. Even short bouts of exercise can help increase blood flow to the brain, re-energising you.

Plan short active breaks every couple of hours.

tickTry to incorporate full body movements to really get the blood flowing.

 Don’t think walking to the kitchen counts, resist making every break about food or drinks.

4. Step outside. Fresh air and sunshine change everything. Get a fresh perspective. Just 5 mins will do.

5. Food is not only an energy source, it’s a source of delight.

Plan time to step away to enjoy eating healthy delicious food.

 Inhale your food at your computer.

cross Coffee and muffin consumed on your commute doesn’t qualify as breakfast.

 Succumb to the caffeine and sugar laden coffee breaks.

 Meal breaks for checking Facebook…focus on your food!

I see so many people struggle to make food an enjoyable part of a working day. “No time, I’ll just grab whatever I can find” usually leads to trips to the vending machine mid afternoon. So here’s some help from The MerryMaker Sisters who have 3 rules for their recipes: They gotta be quick, easy to make with simple instructions and most importantly… delish!

READThe Merrymaker Sisters – Meals in under 30 Minutes

Staying alert and breezing through the mid-afternoon crash can be as simple as choosing nuts over potato chips and taking a walk instead of zoning out on Facebook.

You can meet the Merrymaker sisters at the Working From Anywhere Conference. They’ll be sharing their blah blah blah

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Andy Willis

Andy is the founder of WFA.Life, he has a passion for unlocking freedom in peoples lives by finding, testing and sharing the tips, tools and advice to allow people to live the "Working from Anywhere" Lifestyle.
Andy spends his time away from the computer cycling or hiking up mountains or catching a wave on his SUP.
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