12 Ways to Stay Energized and in Peak Performance Mode
Our culture is geared toward peak performance. Because of this, humanity faces a crisis in our dependence on fossil fuels. Many of us are aware of this and consider global climate change a serious threat. However, perhaps even more disturbing, fossil fuels are a finite resource; they will run out eventually. The solution, of course, is to dedicate ourselves to finding sources of clean, renewable energy.
As an entrepreneur, you face a similar crisis. There’s so much to do, and so much depends on you. It’s easy to forget your energy is a finite resource as well. After all, your employees aren’t the only ones who need to recharge. To maintain peak performance, you need to find ways to renew your energy and commitment. The Young Entrepreneur Council is here to help.
We asked them for their ideas on ways to renew, re-energize, and stay in peak performance mode.
Meditation, whether for five minutes or 20, can reset and supercharge your mind and body. This deep and controlled breathing will give your mind and body the quick hit it needs to keep focused. One of my favorites, Headspace, even provides meditations specific to those on the go, such as walking and running, so the excuse of “I have no time” is no longer a barrier.
2. Get Out of Your Seat
Instead of being glued to my chair, I try to walk around throughout the day to keep up my energy. It’s great to walk over to a teammate’s desk and talk with them in person. While on calls, I’ll have my headset on while walking around the conference room. We situated our office to be walking distance from many food places so we can stroll to lunch together.
3. Jump on a Trampoline
Jumping on a trampoline (also called rebounding) not only oxygenates the blood and increases energy but also stimulates the lymph system, which helps to mitigate sickness and disease. Whenever my energy level creeps to low levels, I simply jump on my small 3-foot-by-3-foot office trampoline and my energy level almost immediately increases. This makes me much more productive and increases performance.
I’ve spent years behind a computer and noticed my energy and focus were slipping. In the last six months, I started working out every morning and it has really turned things around. It doesn’t require a big time commitment either. Just 20 to 30 minutes with some weights and basic exercises each day does the trick.
5. Maintain an Active Social Life
Since our team is fully remote and most of us work from home, I’ve come to understand the importance of leaving the house and engaging in social activities. Working from home all day and staying in all evening can feel draining. It’s good to have a change of scenery and it is surprisingly a great way to stay energized and refreshed.
6. Establish a Morning Ritual
I always stretch, meditate and drink lots of water within the first hour of my day. I do this before looking at my phone or any emails. Also, I focus on gratitude, which puts me in “flow state” and allows me to deliver on a deeper, more powerful level when working with clients. I also take a 10-minute break every hour. I stretch, move around, and get a drink of tea or more water.
7. Minimize Sugar and Caffeine
Powering through long days with sugar and caffeine is not sustainable. It doesn’t put you in the best mindset to make decisions or to manage a team, and can lead to brain fog and adrenal fatigue. The first things to go in a tired mind are creativity and willingness to tackle tough problems. The solution is a good diet, exercise, sleep and water. Tip: Try MCT oil in your morning routine instead.
8. Get Consistent Sleep
One thing that will always keep you grounded is consistency. And to stay at peak performance throughout the day, I make sure my sleeping schedule is highly regulated, even when I’m on the road. This allows me to keep my sleep habits predictable so I can manage the different surprises that arise throughout the work day.
9. Take Power Naps
I never used to be able to nap. I’d longingly listen to people talk about how a good 20-minute nap reinvigorates them, but my naps always turned into sleep. One day, after pulling an all-nighter, I took a nap at 11 a.m. and woke 20 minutes later. After resisting the urge to put my alarm on snooze, a miraculous thing happened: I had a burst of energy! I do this often now.
10. Focus on One Task at a Time
No one multitasks well; “multitaskers” just switch rapidly from one task to another. Each switch costs cognitive energy that could be better spent doing useful work. So I try to focus on one task at a time, completing each before moving on to the next. Combined with regular breaks, “single tasking” increases my productivity and helps me maintain energy and focus throughout the work day.
11. Follow Your Doctor’s Orders to Maintain Your Health
I don’t think there is any substitute for the trinity of good nutrition, regular exercise and the right amount of sleep. I experimented with some supplements and energy drinks when I was younger, and I always found out there was a trade-off that either left me more exhausted later or reduced how clear-thinking I could be about my plans. For energy, follow the same advice your doctor would give.
12. Travel Alone
For me, new experiences, sights, foods and culture give me energy. I’ve traveled so much that I already have a system and routine. There are some instances during my travels where I will just stay in a hotel room the entire day to relax and recharge. No need to grab coffee or get distracted by the city. I find I get most energized and recharged when I am alone in a hotel room, away from all the distractions.
Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.