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Managing My Energy

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So, my life is boring. That’s why I don’t write much about it.

But, in the interest of encouraging others today, I thought I’d write a little about what I’ve been doing lately in very, very, very short and curated form.

Lately, I’ve been cutting back on sugar and getting more sleep due to my experiment with the things I read about in How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams. Really amazing stuff in there, but the most important thing to me right now (good gosh there’s so many important things in that book) is the need to manage my energy through diet, exercise, awareness, and rest.

There’s only one of you in the whole world. No one is going to be as concerned about your health or happiness as you are, because no one will suffer the consequences as you will.

Oh, there are consequences for them, and I’m not saying people won’t care if you look awful/desperate/exhausted. But they’ll take their cues from you.

I realized that I’m not a kid anymore (which is kind of obvious to those who know me). No one is going to tell me it’s time to go to bed, or that I should eat better. Or that I should take time out to think or dream. No one. Not because they don’t care, but because they aren’t me, and those who do care will take their cues from me. If that makes any sense.

So, I’m currently testing out the theory of affirmations, the efficacy of meditation/mindfulness when it comes to focus, and testing out a really great exercise program I found. And eating. I’m making sure I eat better and sleep more. I’m taking note of what takes away from my energy and what adds to it. My kids and husband are supporting me in this and, so far, my energy is good. Which is translating to more balance and more time spent writing when I get the chance.

There’s more in the book of course. Adams also encourages those reading his book to look for the patterns and systems used by those who succeed at whatever it is you want to succeed at. No goals. Goals, he says, encourage a sense of continual failure, while systems are employed every day and a person will feel success when they use the system. And success builds on success. More on that later, if I remember and if I have the time.

Heck, I might even do a full review, if I’m able. With all the editing still to be done as well as work on the sequel, I’m not sure I can. It’s such a good book, though, I may go ahead and make the time.

So, what do you do to manage your energy? What are your thoughts on setting goals and their value in success? Or do you use systems?

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