Everyone is looking for the latest and greatest hack to improve their quality of life.
I’m here to tell you that these little hacks can be helpful, but they will fail at keeping you consistent. In order to stay consistent, you need to have consistently high energy levels.
This is the one mental shift that needs to be made.
Rather than doing something because you are going through the motions;
Do something because it will result in high energy.
What is High Energy?
Most people have a misunderstanding of what high energy actually is. Let’s start with what high energy is NOT:
- Yelling from excitement
- Drinking too much pre-workout
- Typing in all caps
- Being extremely happy
These points aren’t sustainable. They are usually enjoyed in short bursts after a specific event. Our goal with becoming a high energy individual is to be able to sustain a positive state of mind.
Here is the definition of high energy you should stand by:
A consistent state of being calm, focused, and positive. Not having to rely on motivation to get things done and not letting minor inconveniences ruin your mood.
If everyone in the world made high energy a priority, we would live in a much more productive and reasonable society.
Thing is, not everyone is going to do that. You are reading this because you want to improve your life. I challenge you to make high energy a priority.
How To Achieve a High Energy State
Achieving a state of calmness, focus, and positivity all comes down to the basics. I guarantee you have been given this information before, but it didn’t have the underlying meaning that it will now.
Eating healthy for the sake of eating healthy will not motivate you to create that habit. Same goes for any self-improvement advice.
The thing is, nobody wants to be lazy, tired, or feel like garbage all day. That is reason enough alone to form these healthy habits.
Eating For Energy
As Mackenzie Smith outlines in her book, Eat For Energy, food is a huge factor on your energy levels. It affects your mental health, brain function, and of course body composition.
Without going into too much detail – your main goal here is to eliminate processed/inflammatory foods.
Cook at home as much as you can, stick to whole foods, eat enough protein, and limit the amount of seed oils & soy in your diet.
This will make you healthier and more energetic than 99% of the population.
There is clearly much more regarding your diet that you should take into account, but in terms of energy levels, this will put you on the right path.
If you have a sweet tooth or hard time adjusting to diets in general; I recommend going all out on a 72 hour fast to perform a “reset.”
Side note: Sustainability is key. Many healthy and energetic individuals live by the 80/20 rule. 80% of your diet being unprocessed, whole foods and 20% of your diet being whatever you want. Just stay on the lookout for the sneaky soy and seed oils. (Chill on the sugar rushes as well).
Moving For Energy
If you’ve got your nutrition down, movement is the next logical step.
- Lifting heavy weights
- Going on long walks
- Doing sprints/HIIT
Anything that gets you up and out of your chair… which we see too much of nowadays.
We are conditioned to have a sedentary lifestyle yet wonder why we feel tired all the time.
Movement is not optional. If you want to be full of energy, you need to expend energy.
I don’t know the science behind it – I just know there is science.
Consuming For Energy
When I say consume, I am not talking about food. I am talking about the information that you consume on a daily basis.
You must curate the information that you allow into your brain.
Think about it in the sense of inputs and outputs. Negative information in equals negative information out.
Living in a constant cloud of negativity will do more damage than you think.
There are a few ways to go about curating the information that you consume.
1. Culling Your Following
Social media is a prime source of negative information. Thankfully, it is the easiest to control.
Simply unfollow the people that are not aligned with your values, vision, or mission for your life.
If you value positive thinking, which you should, unfollow the people that spew toxicity.
2. Intentionally Choosing What You Consume
You have the choice to watch mainstream news.
You have the choice to read a classical book.
You have the choice to not listen to sad songs. (Yes, these will screw with your head. Subconscious programming.)
Once you understand what you want in life, it becomes much easier to cater the information you consume according to what you want to achieve. It will only accelerate your path to success.
3. Healthy Consumption Habits
A common way to form new habits is by replacement.
Rather than listening to the same 3 songs on your way to work, throw on a podcast and set the tone for the day.
Rather than driving to McDonald’s to pick up a bacon egg and cheese McGriddle, look up some recipes that you would enjoy and make breakfast.
Replace some of your current habits with ones that will lead to a positive mind.
Managing Your Daily Tasks
Most people are familiar with the term “circadian rhythm.” It is your body’s internal clock.
What most people don’t know is that it has an effect on your energy during the day (not just at night).
There are times when you will feel less energized, and times where you will feel highly energized.
Luckily, if you have your sleep in check, these times are predictable. This can be used to your advantage.
Step 1: Understand when your energy is naturally the highest
This is where the whole morning person vs night owl comes into debate.
I personally recommend having something to do in the morning. Most of the time I recommend exercise to get your blood flowing.
For tasks that need dedicated focus – find a block of 2-3 hours that you can dive deep into high priority tasks that will help you achieve your goals.
During low energy periods, fill your time with tasks that don’t require much focus.
- Meal prepping
- Responding to messages
- Catching up with friends/family
- Planning out your day
I am not telling you to work all day here. I am telling you how to structure the tasks you have to complete each day.
Step 2: Adding weight to what NEEDS to be done
If you have any form of goal you want to achieve in life, you need to add weight to your tasks. This is one big benefit of using the Power Planner.
You should segment your daily tasks into 2 categories (for beginners).
Priority and secondary tasks.
Your priority tasks are ones that align with your goals.
They move the needle forward day by day. These should be done when energy is highest.
Secondary tasks are things that should get done – but are of less importance. These can be done at any time of the day.
As a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t have too many priority tasks. You should be able to knock them out each and every day.
Maintaining Your Energy Levels
None of this means anything unless you put it into action (as with many things in life).
You will thank yourself once you start implementing. Your energy levels will rise, you will become more ambitious, and you will start enjoying the little things in life.
This is a mindset shift more than anything… going through life with the intention to maintain high energy. In other words – keeping your quality of life high.
Lastly, if you want to accelerate your path to high energy, get your hands on the Power Planner.