In a recent article, I’ve talked about how to make every day count, but I feel that I should improve upon it by mentioning another important aspect.
We all have both good and bad days, but what really makes the difference?
Why, in some days (hopefully most days :), you make an enormous amount of progress, you cut through your to-do list like butter and things that seemed like major obstacles yesterday are mere stepping stones today, but other days you feel like you shouldn’t have gotten out of bed in the first place…
How do you know that you’ve had a good day? What about a bad one? The simple answer?
You feel it
Whether your days are good or bad, just like with everything else in your life, it’s a decision and (almost) nothing more.
That’s the reason why perfectly healthy and competent people just grow roots in their bed or couch all day and people with disabilities manage to achieve every goal they set for themselves!
Like this incredible little guy, for example. 🙂
The only disability in life is a bad attitude. – Scott Hamilton
I’ll assume you take 100% responsibility for your life and decide to have good days so, having mastered physiology, we can move on to what really makes the difference.
For a long period of time, it has been thought that Time Management is one of the most important areas one has to master towards achieving their goals.
Though it is still important and it should be mastered, people have recently figured out that ENERGY is one of the biggest contributors to your success.
When you feel sick, do you work at full capacity? What about if you didn’t get enough (or at all) sleep last night?
Well, guess what? Each of us already knew this!
There is nothing new under the sun. We know that a bad state (from an illness, tiredness or whatever) is toxic to our days, so let’s get right into what we can do to get and keep energy all day, every day!
Some things should not be optional
I will share with you 5 tips that help you maintain high levels of energy all day. Though I will describe them very briefly, there have been hundreds of researches on these subjects. A fast search on Google or in recently published books can tell you more. 🙂
1. Get your sleep between 10 PM and 2 AM
This does not mean that you should sleep exactly between those hours, but rather make sure that your night’s sleep period includes those super important hours. You can read more on sleep and longevity here.
2. Exercise every 12 hours
Once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Do these workouts have to be brutal and one hour long? No, of course not.
They can be 20-25 minutes of cardio, which is more than enough to get your metabolism running at optimal levels.
For example, me and my angel, Adriana, recently started following Shaun T’s 25-minute workout routine. It’s an amazing feeling to work out with your significant other and I suggest it to every couple. 🙂
3. AVOID Coffee! (switch to green tea)
If you think you need coffee to wake up in the morning (or for whatever lie you’re telling yourself) please grow up!
Coffee has been proven over and over again to have negative long-term side-effects. Yes, there are some people who benefit from coffee, but those are people with health issues and are a 0.01% of the population! It’s one of the least intelligent excuses I’m constantly hearing from caffeine addicts. Please stop using it! 🙂
What about smoking? Please… it would be an insult to this blog to talk about why you should not smoke. There are so many negative effects of smoking that one has to be a complete idiot to keep that habit.
I have friends that (sadly) smoke, but they know how much I dislike the habit, so we just do not talk about it.
(Remember, we love people for who they are, not for who we would like them to be.)
4. Eat 5 small meals per day
This might seem difficult for some, but it’s totally manageable. The problem is that most people mistake meals for soup + main course + a drink and so on, but a meal can be as simple as a small piece of dark chocolate and a few almonds, all of which fit in a small bag in your pocket.
There are hundreds of healthy recipes you can find all over the internet.
Regarding what you should eat: Less meat, NO sugar, (this includes sodas, cake, etc.), more vegetables, fruits and plain water. That’s about it. 🙂
5. Write every day
Write your thoughts (in a journal), your daily plan and/or priorities, your goals, a friendly memo to a colleague, the book you want to publish :), or basically anything. Just get your thought on paper (physical or digital 🙂 ).
This allows your mind to let go of repeating thoughts and focus on the moment. Since I’ve started writing everything down, I’ve grown exponentially and have accomplished hundreds of goals, much faster than I ever thought possible!
Will we be able to ever get to the point at which we will not have any more bad days? Maybe, but what we can be certain of is that, the more we practice living a vibrant and fulfilled life, the more we master it and it becomes our “new normal”.
Living every day at 100% capacity transforms your life into a platform of greatness. The Universe seems to (slowly 🙂 ) move out of your way.
Creating a better tomorrow!