The first step to ramping up your energy levels and increasing productivity

The first step to ramping up your energy levels and increasing productivityLaughing businesswoman at meeting

How often do you drag yourself into the office on a Monday morning already counting down the days to the weekend? Wouldn’t you rather start each week feeling refreshed and ready to deal with whatever your working week brings? Wouldn’t you love to be awake and alert mid afternoon rather than relying on caffeine to keep you conscious?

I’m absolutely convinced that if you’re serious about succeeding in business you need to get serious about your health. I know that’s not easy. There’s an array of confusing advice and miracle products out there all promising boundless energy, a bikini body and eternal youth. There’s low carb, low fat, detoxing, meal replacements, juicing and superfoods. There are running groups, gyms, personal trainers, boot camps and all manner of exercise classes available. Where on earth do you start?

Well, whether you’re trying to lose weight, get fit or just get moving the first step is to get absolutely clear on what it is you’re trying to achieve – just like you do in business.

If you’re running your own business you’ll have a business plan, marketing strategy and targets. You know exactly where you want your business to be in 6 months and 12 months and most of you probably have a 5 year and 10 year vision too. If you work in a company, whether you’re managing a large team or working in a support role, you’ll have specific business and financial targets, projects to manage and a strategies in place for implementation and delivery.

Well you need manage to your health goals in exactly the same way. Think of yourself as a project, get specific on the outcomes you want and put the systems in place to ensure you achieve them. You need to get organized! You wouldn’t set up a meeting without being clear on the timings, agenda and required output so don’t go food shopping without a list or any clear idea on what you’re going to eat that week.

If your priority is maintaining energy levels throughout the day hormone balance is key and you need to focus on managing your insulin and cortisol levels. That means cutting back on sugar and caffeine and consuming more protein and good fat. Meal plan accordingly a few days in advance, create a shopping list from your meal plan and then go to the supermarket.

So there you have it, the key to ramping up your energy levels, productivity and wellbeing is to manage your health and fitness targets in the same way you manage your business targets. That way you’re far more likely to get the results you want.

What are your health and fitness targets for the next six months? Is it weight loss, increased energy or something else? Message me I’d love to hear from you.

Julie Dennis
About the author

Julie Dennis is a weight loss specialist for women over 40 and through menopause. She is WATC's new fitness and health blogger. Follow Julie’s blog or visit: www.juliedennis.net.

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