When you feel stuck on a difficult project, it's usually because your perspective has gotten stuck. Any problem can be solved with your creativity and persistence, but when stuck, you don’t have the mental and emotional energy in that moment to figure a way through that challenge. Instead, you might be in danger of spiraling into negativity.
This is why the most foundational practice I have at work is not how I manage my time, my knowledge, or the tools I use to track my business... it's how I "reboot" my energy throughout the day.
It takes a minute each time, and makes such a difference.
With enough energy, you can truly find a way through any challenge. Sometimes, the solution is to come back and work on it later... but even being conscious and taking action on the impulse to rest, requires energy!
In this post, I'll explain my Energy Reboot process. Feel free to borrow whatever aspect resonates with you. Make your own energy reboot process meaningful for you.
I look forward to hearing how this technique benefits you.
Whether we do it consciously or not, we all reboot our energy everyday, through activities such as sleeping, eating, taking a walk, listening to a song that uplifts us, or simply standing up after sitting awhile.
However, it is helpful to have a conscious process we use to reboot our energy quickly, so that anytime we feel stuck or lethargic, we can find the energy again to have a wiser perspective about what is best to do next.
An energy reboot is a practical application of mindfulness.
It's how I refresh my connection to my bigger Purpose, and my eternal Source of support.
I've been doing energy reboots almost daily for about 2 years, and it has had a profound impact on my joyful productivity and spiritual growth.
Quick Energy Reboot
I encourage you to modify the following process to work with your own style and beliefs. Make a process that is meaningful to you, so you'll do it more often.
Frequency is what makes the difference! Do it throughout the day, as often as you'd like, even every hour, or every half hour as needed.
About 4:45 into this video, I demonstrate my method:
1. Breathe IN: LOVE.
(I believe the universe is, in some mysterious way, actually made of love. We are breathing it in.)
2. Breathe OUT: Total Security.
(Repeat this in-and-out breath as needed.)
3. Breathe IN: Guidance.
(Higher guidance is always available to us, if we open ourselves to it.)
4. Breathe OUT: Gratefulness.
(Repeat as needed.)
5. Breathe IN: Purpose.
(I think about my higher purpose in life.)
6. Breathe OUT: Enjoyment of next task.
(I think about the best use of my time in the next hour...and I envision myself in-joying the task.)
7 and 8. I repeat Gratitude and Total Security.
Should take about a minute. I make it as quick as possible, while still being meaningful, so that I am more likely to do it often.
One of the benefits of being self-employed, and building my own true livelihood, is that I can stay connected to my divine source as much as possible throughout the day.
You can remind yourself to do your Energy Reboot in a couple of ways...
Reminder Method #1 -- Using Technology:
On your computer or smartphone, you could install a break reminder app or an hourly chime. (Click those two links and see what's popular nowadays.)
I used this method for months, before my energy reboots became more habitual.
Reminder Method #2 -- Anchoring to existing habit
Read about how to anchor a new habit to an existing habit.
Reminder Method #3 -- Whenever you feel suboptimal.
Anytime you are less than focused, happy, creative, try your energy reboot!
Prime your brain by saying to yourself:
"When I feel suboptimal, I return to feeling good by doing an Energy Reboot."
This is a tough one, because most of us are rarely aware of what our emotional/energy state is at any point in a day. We're just so habituated to doing whatever is in front of us, or just assuming that how we're feeling can't be changed or would be unnatural to change it. It takes a lot of practice observing yourself many times a day.
The moment you catch yourself being less than focused & calm, and therefore return to your energy reboot process, is a moment of mindfulness.
Longer Energy Reboot
At least once a day, it's a good idea to do an energy reboot that takes longer than a minute. Here are some ideas:
Drink healthy beverage e.g. tea, coffee, water
Eat a healthy snack if you haven’t eaten in more than 2 hours
Nap if needed
Eye exercises, e.g. palming and other simple eye exercises
Truly Live, Even As You Work.
The bottom line is that an energy reboot allows us to truly live, even as we work. Since so many of our waking hours are spent working, we might as well enjoy it!
It's much easier to enjoy our work when we are in a positive state of mind throughout the day. And that is possible only if we are doing some process of energy reboot that uplifts us.
I encourage you to create your own energy reboot practice as soon as possible, and use it throughout the day.
George Kao is a Marketing Coach for Counselors, Coaches, Speakers, and Authors. He focuses on ethical & effective ways to grow one's platform and build true livelihood.