Today is a bit of a low energy day for me. I was broadcasting live all day yesterday from Creative Live’s studios in San Francisco. Speaking for 6 hours is a lot of time! Then we had a short reception after and I went out for dinner with a few people. Then I caught the red-eye back to Philly. While I managed to nap this morning (the upside of self-employment) I’m still feeling like, oh, I gave six hours of speeches yesterday and then was up all night.
Managing energy is just as important as managing time. I have time today to do various projects. I just don’t feel like doing various projects. Some days, you have to be realistic about your expectations. But if you do need energy, fast, it turns out that there are ways to boost zest that have fairly predictable, positive results.
I interviewed two researchers from Wellness & Prevention (a Johnson & Johnson company) last week about a white paper they wrote on “Microbursts.” These are short duration (5 minute) activities that have a measurably positive impact on energy. I wrote about the research for Fast Company (again, the headlines! “Want more energy? Skip the coffee and call your mom instead“).
The baseline energy booster is caffeine. People who’d had a coffee in the previous 30 minutes reported energy levels of 6.8 on a 1 to 10 point scale. People who’d connected with a loved one pegged themselves at a 7. Exercise was even better. Just getting up and walking up and down the stairs can raise your energy levels for an hour or more. Indeed, one of the researchers speculated that when you do go grab a coffee, it’s the action of getting up to go get it that’s as much responsible for the energy boost as the drink itself.
So I just went outside and picked a few tomatoes (finally, we are getting tomatoes!) with my 4-year-old. That gave me enough energy to power through this blog post. But frankly, I think that’s all I’ve got in me right now.
How do you boost your energy levels during the day?
In other news: I had a column in USA Today yesterday called Common Core turns focus to teacher training. The coming alignment of state standards to the (usually more rigorous) Common Core is going to be a fascinating development over the next few years. While there’s lots to quibble with about testing, I do think that aiming for a high standard is not a bad idea. I hope that states will have the guts to weather the inevitable drop in proficiency rates.
Chilling on the studio roof deck in San Francisco