Go Energize Yourself

Bob Goldman on

Be honest: You need more energy.

Now, don't get on your high horse -- which, given your current energy level, you probably couldn't reach anyway.

The energy I'm talking about is that driving force that bubbles up inside you when there is work to do and then powers you to get 'er done. That's the energy Scott Young is talking about in "The Nine Habits to Increase Your Energy," an energic post I found on the website Get Pocket.

If the idea of adding nine new things you have to do to the 300 other things you already have to do drains what little energy you have to do what you have to do, I've curated my top five. Hopefully, you'll have the energy to read them.

No. 1: "Go To Sleep Early."

How much sleep do you need?


"Seven to eight hours are pretty much mandatory," Young says, "if you're going to stay cognitively sharp in the long-run."

This is overly simplistic. Everyone knows that an hour's sleep between lunch and dinner is worth two hours of sleep between dinner and breakfast. An hour's sleep between breakfast and lunch is worth four hours of nighttime sleep -- and it's a lot more fun, especially if you get into your jam-jams, grab "Eddie the Teddy" and conk out on the couch. (You get extra energy points if you sleep through "Ellen," but you might miss out on your chance to win a Toyota or a $25 coupon for The Ellen Shop.)

No. 2: "Do Your Hard Work in the Morning."

Are you a lark or an owl? Do you sing in the morning, or do you not give a hoot until well after midnight? Doesn't matter. If you want maximum energy "make the first four hours of your morning a quiet, deep work zone."


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