I noticed something about myself a long time ago. I am far more energetic and creative in the morning... except for when I am desperately seeking a creative outlet... then I have an energy boost no amount of tea (not a coffee drinker here) can provide...
There are days when my energies are very low in the afternoon that all I want to do is nap... but sometimes I will fight through the need for a nap and cannot begin to recognize what I did because I did it through a brain - fatigue - fog.
However, if I stop and do something that is 'different' from the activity that I was struggling through, then I can suddenly feel a great deal more energy and no nap is needed.
I must state... that I do not nap every day... or even multiple times a week... however, I do work from home and have the freedom to take one if I hardly slept at all the night before or was up at the crack of dawn or before dawn even thought to be a crack... and then traveled to do some speaking... yeah, then those days, I may take a quick nap...
Napping is seen as an advantage to those who work from home and in some cases a detriment... because the work from home person could very easily get lost on how to manage their time... But this post is not about the benefits of napping or the downsides of napping... it is about the benefit of recognizing your energy levels - high, moderate and low levels and planning your day and tasks around your energy levels.
It is simple to say "schedule your day around your energy levels" but what does that really mean?
Before we get lost in all kinds of thoughts without evidence to answer that question, let's track a few things for at least a week...
- What foods and beverages do you eat that give you good and solid energy?
- What foods and beverages do you eat that makes you tired, sluggish, or overly hyper then crash?
- When you wake up in the morning, do you feel energized?
- Does it take you several hours before you feel energized?
- Are you sluggish most of the day and more energized in the evening?
- What time do you go to bed each night?
- What is the quality of your sleep each night?
- What time do you wake up in the morning?
- Do you rely on caffeine to feel energized in the mornings?
- When do you schedule your hardest tasks each day?
- Do those times your hardest tasks are scheduled for match your higher energy levels?
- What do you do when you feel your brain start to fatigue?
- How much exercise do you do each day?
- How do you feel after you exercise?
- How much time do you need to feel refreshed mentally and physically after you feel tired or brain fatigued?
Write out your answers to each question and see if it differs one day to the next. If it varies only slightly, then you have an idea of your energy levels and your best time to tackle your hardest tasks.