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  1. I’ve been eating much healthier as of late (almost no fast-food – the occasional In-N-Out here and there). But really, I’ve been cooking at home, drinking lots of water and natural teas. I find that I don’t rely on coffee as much to get up and get going and well, I feel better all around.

    As for working out, that’s something that I know gives me energy. A lot of it, and it feels good. But I’ve been dealing with back pain as of late. Just the other day I injured myself doing a simple trail run. This has been the toughest for me to deal with so I’ve turned to swimming and running less. And let me tell you, swimming is/was hard (for me at least). I prefer to run 3 miles than to do laps in the pool.

    But anyway, those are the things that give me energy. Ultimately, it feels good. It’s good for your motivation, and it’s nice to go through the day on a natural buzz from the good energy you derive because you’re eating and sleeping well.

  2. Great post Rafal. It is absolutely true that when we think of energy we usually think about the physical and neglect the other forms of energy. I’ve made enhancing my physical energy a big focus this year – by eating better and working out regularly, especially yoga – and I’ve also found that it’s had a huge impact on my focus and overall mental energy, which in turn makes me more productive.

    Very intrigued by the book. May have to pick up a copy. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. Great solid tips here.

    One thing I did to conserve my energy and not get burned out, is learn when I needed to hit the off switch at the end of the day. As soon as I felt like I was going to keep working after an exhausting day, I trained myself to just stop and do something totally unproductive. Like watch a movie or play Diablo 3 😉

    Good stuff!

  4. I agree that it’s not always about managing time and more about the 4 sources of energy you mentioned.

    Being a good organizer and a time management freak is exceptional, but only when you combine that with a strong discipline which allows you to eat healthier food, exercise and just be happy will make a difference.

  5. I’m in the middle of the audio version of Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long. It also focuses on energy – your brain uses massive amounts of energy and can only sustain good work for just so long before things fall apart.

    I had to quit listening to the book while I work, though. 😉 As soon as he hammered home the point for nearly an hour that you can’t multi-task without something suffering, I had to quit except during my walks and while driving.

      • Rafal,
        Stumbled on your blog (via your ‘First Client’ image of all things). Your blog is very refreshing and inspiring. I’m on your list now.

        I know of a book which will likely have as big an impact on ‘focusing’ (vs multi-tasking) as the book ‘Full Engagement’ had on your energy – it’s called ‘The ONE Thing’ by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan. Check out the reader reviews on Amazon

        Keep sharing,

  6. I spend as much time as possible in nature. I am an artist/photographer so it is part of my job. But brainless ultra-maratons in mountains are window in man’s soul. When you are pushed to the limit you will find out who you truly are.

    Of course I have lots excuses when I have to do something and I have no motivation at all. So I just go out or do anything else until there is sudden flow of energy. I call it cycles. I do nothing for months and then I finish all like in one month. It is funny sometimes, stressful but I didn’t find different way to force myself. So regular work is hard for me 😀

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