Have you been going about your day with a “fixed mindset”? That is – have you sold yourself a story about how your mood or energy levels for a given day are pre-determined, have a set pattern and cannot be modified?
Well, let me offer some energy-booster tips that could change that mindset. What if you could turn around your crappy day, pep yourself up and produce great work just when you had resigned yourself to a dull, downhill pattern?
And what if I also told you these suggestions are not just motivational fluff, but have neuropsychological studies to back their effectiveness?
Here are 20 of the best, tried-and-tested one-minute ideas to a quick recharge. I cannot go into the full rationale behind each of these tips (that I will save for some future posts). Let me just suggest you try them out, at least one a day and see if it makes a difference. Personally, I have tried them in random order and found all of them to be helpful…some more than others.
See what works for you and make it a habit. Here goes:
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- Jog on the spot for 30 secs + stretch your arms and legs every 1-2 hours.
- Have a healthy snack (possibly of nuts and fruits) every 2-3 hours.
- Create or update your to-do list for the next 24 hours. Be specific.
- Do a quick body-scan meditation.
- Do the first tiny step of a task you have been putting off.
- Take a brisk walk. Let it tax your breath a bit.
- Close your eyes and do some deep breathing.
- Read an inspirational wisdom quote and reflect on it.
- Visualize a happy scene (from the past or an imagined future).
- Review your plans for this year. Review your 5-year plans.
- Do a quick “thankfulness” check.
- Have a quick chat with someone on a totally random topic. (make sure it’s an ultra-short chat with a happy person, or it could backfire!)
- Get into the “confidence pose” : expand your body, open your mouth, stretch your arms and speak with an expansive open voice)
- Goof around with your kid. Or any kid.
- Chat or play with a kid. Forget orderliness…go for messy.
- Read an inspirational blog post or article online.
- Do a random act of kindness. Or look out for a random act of kindness.
- Dump any residual negativity in your mental system on paper. Get it out. Release it.
- After intense focused work on a challenging project, when you take a break, engage in something totally random – something that’s totally unrelated, unplanned and possibly bordering on the bizarre. You will be amazed at how refreshed you feel after a minute of insanity (Please be mindful of State Laws when you do!)
- If you are in the midst of a project, do a quick review of how far you have reached. Also, have a small celebration when you get to the 70% mark for your goal.
Like I said, there are specific reasons why each of these work. But what should matter to you is that they do! So try them out.
If you have some tips that work really well for you, share them here.