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(DAY 49) Energize your mind

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Gaurav Parashar

Make Time and Energize your mind

I listened to Make Time and was reminded of the tactics they suggested to energize your mind. Every now and then, I feel overwhelmed or underwhelmed with my routine and schedule. When underwhelmed, it is time to shake things up and energize the mind again.

If I can increase my energy every day, I will turn moments that might otherwise be lost to mental and physical fatigue into usable time for my Highlights. Listed below are six broad categories, all inspired from Make Time.

1. Keep It Moving

  • Exercise everyday - 20 minutes and daily.
  • Take the stairs to office floor.
  • 10 minute stretch or yoga.

2. Eat Real Food

  • Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
  • Quick snacks: nuts (almonds, walnuts), and fruit
  • Intermittent fasting - eat an early dinner, then skip breakfast and have a big lunch as next meal.
  • Dessert as long as it’s dark chocolate: I have been guilty of eating lots of high sugar desserts lately.

3. Optimize Caffeine

  • The half-life of caffeine is about five hours.
  • For ideal morning energy, first cup of coffee at 9:30 a.m.
  • Drink some caffeine, then immediately take a 15-minute nap.

4. Go Off the Grid

  • Step out for a walk for fresh air.
  • Daily Meditation: guided and 10 minutes
  • No headphones while working, walking, exercise, travel. Take a break from all sounds.
  • Take breaks without screens.

5. Make It Personal

6. Sleep in a Cave

  • Remove all electronic devices from bedroom except Kindle.
  • Sneak a nap when I can.
  • Sleep on a fixed time and get up on a fixed time with a variance of only 15 minutes in the regular schedule.