There’s something we need to talk about, and that is time and energy. Often, I’ll have entrepreneurs coming into my practice with really strong intentions around their health but what I’m hearing from them is that there’s consistently a lack of time getting in the way of them executing the ideas we’re putting down for them to take up.
And here’s the thing with time and energy: they’re two of the same thing. Most of the time when people think they don’t have it, what they’re really referring to is a lack of energy. When people don’t have enough time, what they really mean is they don’t have enough energy. Think about that in the context of your own life. When you didn’t have enough time to get everything done during the day, was it because you truly couldn’t execute on all of it, or was it that you weren’t focused or efficient in the time that you were leveraging?
Energy is actually the ultimate currency — it is the secret weapon of time. If we are going to hack your energy and time, then it’s really important that we get a handle on both. So, this episode I’m going to be bringing you my own energy hacks for entrepreneurs and how you can leverage time more efficiently. Because, ultimately, that’s what is going to distinguish what you can get done in a 24-hour period vs. somebody else.
[1:25] About our topic for today: leveraging your time and energy as an entrepreneur.
[3:37] Some ideas from Brendon Burchard on how to be highly productive: not checking email or social media first thing in the morning.
[5:52] Create a consistent routine before going to bed to improve overall sleep and energy.
[10:28] How to improve sleep: find a meditative or mindfulness practice, include exercise, decrease use of blue light (technology), and more.
[15:24] Hydration is incredibly important — reach for water instead of caffeine!
[17:10] If you feel fatigued, check for anemia, and consult with your practitioner on taking vitamin B12, vitamin D, and magnesium. Also, be sure to look at your thyroid and adrenal health.
[22:06] Management of blood sugar through steadily eating throughout the day is incredibly important in maintaining your health, energy, and focus. Replace your meals with lots of color, protein, and healthy fats to maintain your blood sugar.
[27:40] Other key things to consider: if coffee is your go-to it is fine in small amounts but becomes a red flag if it is your primary source of fuel to keep yourself focused. Consider switching to a green tea, matcha, or a coffee with mushroom in it.
[28:52] Take a little bit of a free time for yourself. Set aside some time to rest, relax, and recharge.
[31:07] I’m sure you all have some really cool ideas in terms of maintaining your energy levels (both in your business and in your personal life) and I would love to hear about them. Please be sure to share them on the Entrepology Podcast Facebook page!
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CALL TO ACTION
To be more productive and start leveraging your time more effectively and hack your energy — start small! Fight the urge to check your email and social media in the first 30 minutes of your day; build a consistent evening routine to help with your sleep; go to bed every night at the same time and get up at the same time everyday; and feed your body with healthy fats, protein, and colorful foods — not coffee and sugar. Remember to share your commitment on the Entrepology Podcast Facebook page! Because when you are accountable, you are helpable.
“When people don’t have enough time, what they really mean is they don’t have enough energy.” — Meghan Walker
“You are more creative, you are more efficient, you are healthier … and a stronger leader if you can find a way and take the time to make sure you sleep.”
— Meghan Walker
“[Sleep] is not the thing to let go of as an entrepreneur.” — Meghan Walker
“A lot of the times I have people reaching for coffee in the afternoon when what they really need to be reaching for is water.” — Meghan Walker
“Low blood sugar or reactive blood sugar is one of the biggest energy stealers throughout the course of the day. One of the best ways to maintain energy levels and maintain focus is to ensure our blood sugar levels are steady.” — Meghan Walker
“The management of your blood sugar is one of the most critical physiological functions that you can manage as someone who needs to get constant output into the world.”
— Meghan Walker
“Aim for fat and protein as your snack; not sugar, not caffeine.” — Meghan Walker