10 Habits to Energize Your Day

DFN: 2010 Budget due in three weeks, I’m going to try some of these techniques.

10 Habits to Energize Your Day! Try These When the Pressure Is On
Posted: 17 Nov 2009 06:00 PM PST
By CAREEREALISM-Approved Expert, Andy Robinson

Balancing “highly focused work effort” with adequate rest and recovery is invaluable in any performance venue – work, athletics, sports, hobbies, etc. Without adequate recovery time, we overstress our bodies physically, emotionally and mentally. Energy levels suffer and peak performance is impacted.
With regard to work activities, recovery time not only includes planned vacations and time away from work on the weekends, but should also include daily “rituals” designed to regroup and recover from the stress associated with your day-to-day work demands. High performance periods throughout the day MUST be balanced with recovery periods throughout the day. Without those recovery periods, performance tends to ebb substantially due to inadequate physical, emotional and mental energy availability.

Consider These Daily Recovery Rituals to Energize Yourself:

At the beginning of each week, load a desk drawer up with healthy snacks — nuts, low-sugar fitness bars, etc. During the day, take a 10 minute break to eat a snack from your snack drawer and drink a bottle or glass of water.

Stand up and stretch for 10 minutes.

Walk a floor or two in your office; stop briefly to chat with a colleague or two for a few minutes.

Ride down to the local Starbucks or coffee shop with just a blank pad of paper. Drink a cup of coffee and “unload” anything on your mind onto the pad.

Call a good friend or family member and chat for 10 minutes.

Close your door and read something ‘fun’ for 15 minutes.

Close your door and write a handwritten ‘thank you’ note or two to someone.

Go for a 10 to 15 minute walk outside.

Browse a nearby bookstore for 10 or 15 minutes.

Close your office door and “tweet” some friends.

RULES to Follow During your Recovery Ritual:

Close your office door, when possible.

Turn off your phone(s) or forward your calls to voice mail.

Turn off your computer screen and your computer volume.

Turn off your email inbox “bell” or “tone”.

Andy Robinson: Executive Career Coach, Career Success Radio Show Host, Personal Branding Strategist, Consultant, and Speaker.
I help my clients love what they do for a living and achieve lasting career success. I am a 15 year executive coaching veteran and work with coaching clients nationwide. Previous experience includes over 10 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a consulting director and human resources specialist. Connect with me on LinkedIn: www.AndyOnLinkedIn.com, Twitter: www.AndyOnTwitter.com and visit my Blog Site at: www.AndyRobinsonCoach.com.
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