“Self care is not a waste of time. Self care makes your use of time more sustainable.”
~ Jackie Viramontez

When you’re under the gun, how do you roll? Do you keep your head-down and work hard without a break, or do you listen to your body and re-energize as you go? The latter choice will always be the wise one. If you’ve got important work to do, don’t let your deadline kill you. You’ll never do your best work if you don’t take time for a bit of self-care. Every hour, take 5 so you thrive…

…And, watch the short reboot video below, or read the transcript that follows for more tips to stay energized as you work. I shot this when I was writing Energy Now (back in 2011), and I’m playing it again because I’m writing my next book and I just secured a publisher for it, so the process begins again in 2019!

Well hi there. Michelle Cederberg here. You’ve just caught me racing toward a crazy deadline. I just found out that I have a publisher for my next book. So I’m going to be spending a awful lot of time in front of the computer in the next several months. Now if you work in an office environment, you probably do the same every single day. So I thought I would share with you a few tips to help you optimize your energy and productivity and still get the job done. The first thing that we need to do in order to focus on the job at hand is to make sure that our environment is happy for us.

Well lit, uncluttered, so you can really focus on the job and be comfortable. Throughout the day the first instinct may be to run to the coffee machine and grab yet another java. But that caffeine is going to have an impact in the long run so you’re better off to hydrate with water all day long. Not only is it more healthy but it is going to give you better mental alertness and that’s what you need when you have to hit that deadline.

And of course, food is something that is going to fuel you through your project and when we are under stress the first instinct is to go for fatty foods like potato chips or sweets like chocolate. But junk food won’t effectively fuel the brain. Not only with those choices add to your waistline but they’ll also make you feel sluggish after a while. Your better bet is healthy foods and a combination of protein and carbs. A banana and almond butter, yummy. Apples and cheese. And you know you may be thinking, I’d rather have potato chips but you’ll be happy when you make this choice. You need brain food to get the job done.

If you’re sitting for long periods of time in front of the computer of course you need to give yourself breaks. So make it a rule to stretch, or better yet to get up and move around for five minutes every hour or so. Not only is it going to help get rid of the kinks, but it’s going to improve the circulation through your body so you don’t get sluggish. You’ll get the job done and you’ll feel better at the end.

After a long stretch at your computer be realistic with yourself. Deadline or not, to listen to your body. If you’re feeling real fatigue make sure you take a real break. Get up and go do something entirely different. Take a nap if you need to. I’m at home so I might just take the dog for a walk. You need to listen to your body and enjoy the process so that you can reach your deadline and still have good energy to spare.

Michelle Cederberg, CSP, MKin, BA Psyc

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