By Shani Petroff
Energy. Sometimes I feel like I just don’t have any—even for things that don’t take that much effort. For instance, putting a piece of salmon in the oven on a piece of tin foil really doesn’t take much time. Yet sometimes running out for a piece of pizza seems so much easier. I know it’s ridiculous. Going out to get pizza is actually more time-consuming, but it just seems like the simpler solution when I’m hungry. I hate that I feel that way.
I know some super-motivated people. They get up, go to the gym, have a home-cooked breakfast, do a little work on their pet projects — and that’s all before 9 a.m. I want to be that productive. I want that discipline. I want that motivation. And I realize, to get it, I’m going to have to make a conscious effort. I need to find the energy, and that is what I plan to do this week! (I’ll follow up next week with how it goes.)
I have a lot of things I want to try. But I’m going to start slowly, implementing a few things at a time. Here are the rules I’ve set up for myself this week:
Just Do It. Too tired to get out of bed? I’m going to do it anyway. Not in the mood to make a healthy meal? I’m going to do it anyway. Skip the writing project I need to do? I’m going to do it anyway. If I wait until motivation hits, I may never get anything done. So I’m going to push myself.
Make the Positive Choice. I’m actually a big believer in the power of positive thinking. I think what we put out in the universe does make a difference. So I’m going send out positive energy. When I wake up, I’m going to thank the universe for all that I have, and prepare for a wonderful day. When I find myself saying negative things like “this is too hard” or “I don’t feel like it” — I’m going to remind myself that I can do what I set my mind to, and that it feels good to get things accomplished.
Start the Morning Right. I skip breakfast. A lot. I often wait until I’m hungry to eat, or will just wind up snacking. So, this week, I’m going to make an effort to start the morning with a good breakfast. I’m eager to see if it gives me more energy and curbs my need to snack.
Sugar, Sugar, Everywhere. I wind up consuming a lot of processed sugar and artificial sweeteners. I’m not going to cut them out completely, but I am going to try to cut them significantly. I’d really like to eat cleaner this week and see if it boosts my productivity. Instead of a quick sugar rush, I’d rather have a full day of feeling energetic.
Think Out of the Box. My 5-year-old nephew took the picture in this post. I’m fairly certain he was 4 when he took it. He was playing with my camera and wound up taking all sorts of interesting shots. This particular one is a toy: You hit a button and it spins, making light and little plastic beads spin around. He thought it would make a fun shot. In fact, he found a lot of cool things to snap pictures of — things that would never have crossed my mind. So I’m going to take a lesson from him and experiment, and try to see the beauty and creativity in places I normally wouldn’t look for them.
What do you like to do to feel energized? You can find me on Connect @shani!
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