A wise man once said, "Manage your energy, not your time".
This is the idea that from a productivity and health perspective, we gain more from managing our energy levels than from managing our time.
Considering the confusing and uncertain times at present, we’ve pulled together a few things to consider when trying to manage your energy and keep things positive:
Studies show that positive thinking is more likely to encourage you to plan ahead and think of positive actions you’d like to take in the future, to increase your energy levels and essentially live a happier life – that’s the goal right? We know it might be hard to think about the future during these changing times at the moment, but a little positive thinking will go a long way.
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Why not take note of 1 positive moment every day? Noticing the positive things that happen in your everyday life can make it easier to see things with a positive perspective and give off positive energy.
Sometimes, simply recognising the potential humour in a situation can also lessen your stress and brighten your outlook. Seeking out sources of humour such as watching a funny series or scrolling through memes online can help you think more positive thoughts and impact your energy.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint
When you’re focusing more on your energy than your time, you might want to think about reducing your pace so you don’t burn out.
Not every challenge in your life needs to be solved immediately to increase your energy levels, simply try and tackle one thing at a time. This will also make life in isolation easier to handle when you're not trying to solve everything all at once. You’ll be surprised at how good it feels to sort through just one issue and how this will positively affect your energy.
Once you’re done commending yourself (there is no time limit on this… self-congratulate as long as you want!) then you can move onto the next challenge you want to tackle.
You can apply this to your personal life, Uni assignments and at work, helping you be more effective, efficient and most importantly, happy.
Be your authentic self
It can be really tiring trying to be something or somebody that you’re not, whether that’s at Uni, work, or in your personal life… don’t force it!
When you stop fighting against some of the things that make you who you are, you’ll feel more at ease and perform better in anything you do.
Being real, being open and just being you is one of the most stress-relieving things you can do for yourself and will do wonders for your energy levels.
Remember, you can be the best version of yourself and your best is always good enough!
Make the most of this isolation and try some new things to see if they help you build on your authentic self. Whether that's painting a masterpiece, trying your hand at baking, or writing a poem, it's the perfect opportunity to become the best version of yourself.
Check out Chapter's new online resident experience platform - giving you the opportunity to be your best self through live workout sessions, online learning, virtual tours and interaction with the Chapter community.
Know what drains you
Being aware of things that really drain you gives you the power to try and avoid them.
Whether it’s negative discussions at Uni, falling out with friends or not speaking with your family enough… having the knowledge that these things are going to negatively impact your energy will help you take steps to avoid getting yourself into that situation.
If you know that something drains your energy, setting yourself some boundaries can be a good thing when it comes to looking after yourself and your emotions.
We know that these things and feelings won’t always be avoidable, but even the awareness that they exist and it’s okay to feel this way might take some of the weight off your shoulders.
Spending more time at home now will probably help with this as well, as you're less likely to be exposed to the things that are draining you externally - that's one good think to come out of isolation right?
LOOK AFTER yourself
When it comes down to it, if you’re not taking care of yourself physically, it’s going to be tricky to look after yourself mentally and emotionally.
Make sure you’re eating well and drinking plenty of water to keep yourself healthy and hydrated - we know this might be tricky in isolation but set yourself a target of drinking 2 litres of water a day and a limit of 3 snacks, then you'll soon be on top of it.
Exercise can also boost your mood and help you be more productive with your assignments and in your personal life, so make sure you're doing your daily recommended exercise, whether that's going for an hours run or even just a walk around the park for some fresh air.
We hope we've helped you feel more confident about managing your efficiency and energy levels whilst at home in isolation.