Increase your professional and personal efficiency by increasing your energy level
Your energy level positively or negatively influences your professional and personal effectiveness.
In this article, you will discover some practical tips to become more effective at work and in your private life by relying on the specificity of your own functioning and complementary strategies allowing you to feel and act at best.
Discover immediately the importance of understanding your own way of working to optimize your energy level and become more efficient.
Your way of working
Your own way of functioning influences your energy level as well as your professional and personal effectiveness.
Do you feel better in the morning, in the afternoon or evening?
Depending on your own functioning, you can organize your most important activities at times when you are overflowing with energy.
If you do not know how to choose your most important activities, you can read our article on how to become an organized person in your professional and personal life first.
If you do not know your priorities first, that is, your most important values and objectives, knowing your own functioning will not be helpful.
Once you are clear with your priorities, take some time to make a first diagnosis of your own performance during the day.
Then, check if you are working on your most important tasks when you feel full of energy.
If this is not the case, make the necessary changes to move your different activities into your schedule.
If you are an employee, propose to your manager a one or two week-test period to show the effectiveness of a reorganization of your schedule.
If you are your own boss and you still doubt a reorganization of your professional time management, test this method at least for a week to see if it allows you to have a better professional and personal efficiency.
Adapting your schedule to the uniqueness of your operation is also important in your private life.
Think about the activities you are trying to do at times when you are at the bottom of your energy level.
Think of unnecessary or counterproductive activities that you decide to continue day after day.
What changes could you put in place to improve the quality of your privacy by feeling at the top in the most important moments for you?
What benefits do you get from unimportant and unproductive activities?
Answering these questions will allow you to make new choices and gain professional and personal efficiency.
Your lifestyle influences your energy level as well as your professional and personal effectiveness.
Diet plays a decisive role in your energy level and that is why you should focus on foods that bring you energy.
Choose foods that are easy to digest and place those more difficult to digest at the end of the day.
Play sports and, in general, take breaks that help you wake up your body and mind.
Do you regularly take breaks during the day to regenerate yourself?
Do you sleep enough to get the energy you need?
If your sleep is not good enough, you may need to change your diet or learn to better manage your stress.
One study shows a correlation between procrastination and sleep quality for individuals being full of energy in the afternoon or evening. Another study conducted in the professional context also shows a relationship between fatigue at work and the tendency to procrastinate and be less productive at work.
Your mind has a major impact on your energy level and on your professional and personal effectiveness.
How do you react when unforeseen events disrupt your professional organization or your personal life?
Do you tend to focus on everything that is wrong?
Answering these questions allows you to become aware of your usual way of working.
Take a few moments to think about recurring events that make you lose energy because they are a permanent source of stress.
Make a list of these situations for both your professional life and your private life.
For each item in the list, give a score of 1 to 10 where 1 is very low energy loss and 10 is very high energy loss.
Then focus on what makes you lose the most energy and write down everything you can do to solve this problem completely or at least make it less of a problem.
What actions should you take?
What has prevented you so far from taking them?
What should you do to overtake this blockage immediately?
How to avoid postponing these essential actions to your well-being?
Answering these questions will enable you to do the best you can to reduce your energy losses and to more easily realize all your professional and personal projects.
Then, think of everything that strengthens your energy level but that you neglect in favor of less important activities.
Write a list of activities and rate between 1 and 10 for each of these activities.
Plan now these beneficial activities for your well-being.
Check if you meet your schedule and if not, try to understand if it depends on lack of time, lack of motivation, bad habit or secondary benefits.
Depending on each situation, make the necessary changes to optimize your energy level.
Your living environment at work and at home
The space in which you spend most of your time has a big effect on your energy level as well as your professional and personal efficiency.
Make sure you have a work environment that makes your well-being and productivity easier.
This consists not only of having a well-organized workspace, but also of placing objects around you that unconsciously transmit you energy.
You can for example:
- show the picture of your family or someone important to you
- surround yourself with your diplomas or any other object you are proud of
- have objects that give you positive emotions and inspire you
Depending on your own preferences, you will decide what you need to receive additional energy.
Do not limit yourself to doing this only at home but surround yourself with positivity also at work.
Doing this will allow you to be less affected by negative events and to maintain good professional and personal efficiency.
Your professional and personal entourage
The objects around you are not the only things that impact your day.
The people with whom you spend most of your time have a huge impact on your energy level as well as your professional and personal efficiency.
At work and in your private life, you are surely confronted with people who give you or who take away vital energy to accomplish your most important projects.
If a professional or personal relationship is extremely negative for your well-being, you may decide to exclude it from your life.
But, in most interpersonal relationships, you cannot break off all ties overnight.
As much as possible, try to reduce these negative interactions and organize your schedule with people who promote your professional and personal development.
Take time to write a list of people who take energy from you, classify energy vampires in order of importance, and attack the meanest ones.
What strategies can you put in place to reduce the time you spend with these people?
What could you do to reduce the negative impact these people have on your serenity?
Is there a way to positively change the relationship with these people?
Answering these questions is the first step in reducing your energy losses and using your vitality for projects that are most important to you.
Now make a list of the people you appreciate and who appreciate you.
What can you do to spend more time with these people?
How could you improve the quality of these relationships?
What common goals could you pursue with these individuals?
Answering all these questions will allow you to maximize your energy level and improve the quality of your professional and personal relationships.
To end this article on how to increase your daily energy level to improve your professional and personal efficiency, it seems important to me to talk about your decisions.
These are your decisions that also impact your vitality.
What you decide to do influences how you feel.
Here is a list of decisions and therefore activities that can help you increase your energy level:
- Do something that allows you to get closer to your goals
- Take actions that build self-esteem
- Spend time with people who appreciate you and that you appreciate
- Cultivate your passions
- Practice a sport activity
- Bring your skills to the people who need you
- Contribute to the success of others
- Share your knowledge with others
- Develop your skills
- Get out of the routine that limits you everyday
- Focus on everything that is important to you or anything you are proud of
- Be grateful for what you have received in your life
- Imagine the best scenarios for you and the people who matter most to you
Try to understand if you focus enough on activities that strengthen your energy or if you need to rearrange your schedule around these positive activities.
Conclusion on how to increase your energy level as well as your professional and personal effectiveness
In this article, you have become aware of the different factors that influence your well-being and your effectiveness, namely:
- Your unique way of working
- Your lifestyle
- Your habits
- Your living environment at work and at home
- Your professional and personal entourage
- Your decisions
Now that this article is coming to an end, I would like to know your opinion about what you have just read and especially I would like you to share with me:
How will you use what you have just learned and especially when will you go into action?
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