developing more energy and becoming more productive

the1thingDo you feel tired most of the time? Is getting out of bed most mornings (especially Monday!) a laborious task?

More and more, people are writing about energy management and priority management and less about time management. The reason being is that the way most of us are working may be productive of efficient in the short term, it is usually detrimental to our long-term health and productivity.

I have been reading The One Thing and Gary Keller talks about a simple rhythm for the day that helped him become healthier and more productive. What he is saying has been said by others in different ways, but the core elements are much the same. Following is a slightly edited version of what he calls “The Highly Productive Person’s Daily Energy Plan”:

  1. Start your day with prayer
  2. Eat right and ensure you start your day with a healthy breakfast
  3. Get 7 -8 hours a sleep every night
  4. Exercise 5 – 6 days a week (just 20 – 30 minutes a day will be life changing!)
  5. Hug, kiss, and laugh with your loved ones
  6. Set your goals, plan, and calendar for the day
  7. Make sure you time block for your most important priority – what he calls the ONE Thing.

Most of this is not new, but I like the way in which he handles the subject. The challenge is that while we know what we should be doing, we aren’t. So, develop the desire, discipline yourself to incorporate healthy habits into your daily life (one thing at a time, you can’t do it all at once!!), and after you start seeing some small wins you will start feeling the motivation to continue. Remember, in this case, motivation follows action!


Real Men Go to Sleep

Real Men Go to Sleep

“Add it all up and roughly thirty percent of working Americans survive on less than six hours of unconscious rest a day. They exist on the groggy side of a sleep divide, at an uncomfortable and unhealthful distance from the relatively well-rested majority of employees. Lost sleep impairs decision-making capability, undercuts productivity, and contributes to expensive adverse health effects, including elevated risks of cardiovascular and gastrointestinal conditions”

“sleep is more important than food” – really?

Tony Schwartz

According to Tony Schwartz of The Energy Project -“sleep is more important than food“. I think he may be close to being right!

Click here to read his very interesting post on the subject.

Have a great Tuesday!


So, How Do You Feel This Morning?

So, how do you feel this morning?Rose Lauren 2013

Rested and full of energy, mind sharp and clear, refreshed from great relational times with your family and friends, and connected to the Lord? Or are you tired and unmotivated, wishing there was another day in the weekend, sort of groggy and finding it hard to focus, your clothes a little tighter than they should be, and distant from the Lord, family and friends?

Unfortunately, the latter sentence describes most of us on most Mondays. Why? Some of it is our habits. We mess up our sleep patterns by staying up too late and then sleeping late, we eat junk food over the weekend, we plan two days worth of activities for one Saturday, we then don’t have time for a true Sabbath, which all together produces stress which we then take out on those we love most which messes up the whole relational aspect of our lives. And then there is our relationship with the Lord. With the kind of schedules most of us keep on the weekends, it sort of hard to fit Him in.

Here are some thoughts from a lot of different people that might help:

  1. Get enough sleep! Most of us need 7 – 8 hours. Tony Schwartz on his site The Energy Project has a ton of info on this subject. Not enough sleep has as much impact on your thinking as alcohol or drugs – it is a serious issue.
  2. Get moving and exercise! Do regular exercise at least three times a week of at least thirty minutes duration. No, you don’t have to train for the Iron Man or a marathon, but we all need some type of regular exercise. In addition to that, try to do a little something every morning shortly after you get up even if it is only ten minutes of stretching. Just do something to get the blood flowing.
  3. Eat less more often – and eat the right things. Try eating five or six small meals throughout the day. There is a ton of information on the types of food and drink plenty of water. Don’t make coffee and soft drinks your main fluid intake.
  4. Spend time with the Lord – tend to your spiritual life. Set aside a time each day to spend time on this most important of relationships. Make prayer a regular part of your day.
  5. Invest in your family. Next to your relationship with God, your relationships with your spouse and then your children are the most important in all of your life. Cherish and nurture these relationships. Not only will they be blessed, the funny thing is you will too.

It is up to you to care for your health – spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, and relational.

Are you tired of feeling the way you do this morning? If so,then just go and do something about it!

On the journey with you,

Want to be More Productive? Go to Sleep!

We finally have some rain here in southwest Michigan – what a blessing!

Do you want to be more productive, more energetic, and live longer? Try getting at least seven hours of sleep each night.

Most of us get six or less hours of sleep a night which leads to fatigue, poor thinking, and poor health. In fact, getting less than six hours of sleep a night on a prolonged basis increases your chance of heat disease by 48 percent.

Tony Schwartz, in a Harvard Business Review blog post goes into detail the benefits of getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night versus the six to six and a half most of us get or the less than six hours 30 percent of us get each night. The difference is astonishing.

Simply getting one or two more hours of sleep each night on a consistent basis will radically transform your life.

So what is keeping you from doing so? Habit? Do you really have to stay up to watch the news? Do you really have to check out everyone’s Facebook? Do you really need to surf the Web for a couple of hours?

Try changing your habits just a bit and feel better, be more productive, be happier, and live longer. Just try it!

Rest well tonight!