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.
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.
2. Sleep. In our over busy, over connected lives, most people are sleep deprived.
(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).
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.
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.
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!
You can meet the Merrymaker sisters at the Working From Anywhere Conference. They’ll be sharing their blah blah blah
Andy spends his time away from the computer cycling or hiking up mountains or catching a wave on his SUP.