In the last couple of weeks, I have been running ragged. I seem to have little energy and less time than I usually do. I have always had a challenging schedule. My commute takes 3 – 4 hours of each day and I work 9 to 10 hours a day. I usually don’t let this schedule keep me from working out, writing and generally getting things done. However, in the last couple of weeks I have missed workouts and even had to write last week’s article the morning it was published.
The day I wrote this article I was thinking about what the problem has been. After looking at what was different, I found the problem was my diet. I let my schedule get away from me and I did not plan out my meals. I ended up loading up on carbs, processed foods and snacks. With that change of diet I found myself needing more sleep and even with the additional sleep, I had less energy.
I like to get up early. I have the house to myself. I can exercise, read, write or just think. Eating badly, like drinking too much alcohol, can leave one feeling lethargic and unmotivated. By just changing to a healthier diet (both quality and quantity of food) you can gain more energy that will give you an additional 2 – 4 hours a day to get things done.
That additional time can be used to workout, spend time with family or whatever else you need to do to meet your goals. We are all given the same number of hours every day. By changing your diet, you can gain hours that you would otherwise never use. If you have ever drank alcohol to excess on a Friday night and wasted most of a Saturday feeling bleh, you have an extreme example of what you put your body though every day by eating badly.
If you find that you don’t have the time or energy to achieve your goals, try changing to a healthier diet. I am confident that you will find that you have more energy and will need less sleep. This will lead to more usable time and the energy to use that time effectively. Try a healthy change to your diet and reap the rewards of the extra time you have!