How to maintain your energy during busy times

Solitude Matters

Every now and again I love to put a question out to the online world so that other introverts can share their experience, knowledge and tips for how they live their lives and honour their introversion.

This month, we’re talking energy.

I’ve found that during my life both as an employee and a business owner, it’s the busiest times in my life when I’ve really needed to work hard to protect my energy and care for my need for solitude and quiet time. In this busy world that we live in where ‘to do’ lists can reach to the moon and back, I believe it’s more important than ever to really listen to your body, follow your gut instincts, find the rest that you need, and nurture your need for alone time.

In today’s blog post, I’m opening up the floor for others to share their thoughts on how they protect their energy through busy times. I’d also love to know what you think so I’m inviting you to join in the conversation by leaving a comment at the end of this post.

How do YOU maintain your energy during busy periods – let us know!

Chris Guillebeau_opt copyMy tips would be to try for early nights whenever you can during particularly busy times, eat well and keep your favourite treats to hand (mine are currently Ginger Nuts, chocolate buttons and loose leaf Ceylon tea). I also make sure I spend some time each day reading, as it’s the best way for me to unwind and get back to myself

Carla Watkins, carlalouise.com

 

Chris Guillebeau_opt copyWorking from home has improved my life immeasurably. I love working in peace and quiet and only allocating time to others when I want to do so. Sometimes this goes astray as does all the best planning, but I feel so much better than when I used to sit in an open plan office all day. I find I socialise more in the evenings because of it as I do need some human interaction. Planning a couple of weeks ahead can also really help my brain get on top of it all and ease the anxiety.

Nina Lenton, theideasinterpreter.com

 

Chris Guillebeau_opt copyI take breaks throughout the day, even 5 minutes to make a drink will help with energy levels – an hour at lunchtime is a must. I also take the dog out for a walk in the countryside, it gives me time to clear my head and get away from the computer.

Jo Harrison, writersblockadminservices.com

 

Chris Guillebeau_opt copyI maintain my energy during busy times by being regimented about my schedule; I never schedule anyone sooner than 2 weeks out and I adhere to my ideal model week at all times. I also build in a minimum 30 minute buffer period between meetings so I can get grounded back in my own energy. Looking at beautiful things really energizes me, so if I don’t have time to step outside, I take a moment to get lost in the Pinterest feed to get out of my head.

Mindy Crary, creativemoney.biz

 

Chris Guillebeau_opt copyFor me, maintaining my energy means reconnecting to myself; the quickest way for me to do that during busy times is to simply step away from whatever I’m doing in that moment, stretch and breathe, and maybe shake my body out. I also make sure I consciously choose to take the time to do things that I know replenish me – go to the beach, practice Tai Chi, read, paint, whatever feels restorative and ‘low intensity’ but will fill the well so that instead of operating from a kind of overwhelmed, panicky depletion, I can move forward from a feeling of fullness

Tara Leaver, taraleaver.com

 

Chris Guillebeau_opt copyIt’s important to remember that being active increases energy – I have learnt to make sure I build in time to go for walks and ride my bike – they raise my energy and give me time to process work when I am under pressure.


Jenny Kowalczuk, jennykowalczuk.co.uk

 

OVER TO YOU…

As an introvert, how do you maintain your energy levels during busy times? Are there any daily habits that you’ve built into your routine? Any specific boundaries you set yourself? We’d love to know, so leave a comment below!

 

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17 thoughts on “How to maintain your energy during busy times

  1. During my busy working day surrounded by people, I make sure I take my lunch break in solitude. I also spend a lot of time with my fur-babies. This grounds and calms me. I now make sure that one day of my weekend is at home with no interaction with humans. On this day I rest, read and enjoy being where I am happiest – at home with my pets.

    • I know what you mean :-). Being home alone with my fur baby fills me up like nothing else. I crave it. On the weeks I don’t have at least a day of home fur baby time, I’m agitated and exhausted. I used to feel like that was a flaw or a failing. But now I know it’s just part of who I am and what I need

  2. I always try to schedule a little me time, even if it means I take 10 minutes to read over a coffee break, it helps me feel rested. Or when I am working from home I take time to meditate.

  3. I’m always energized by being in Nature or spending time with Fine Arts. As I’m a very visual type, sometimes it is even enough to gaze for some moments at the picture of a beautiful landscape or an old master in the Internet. Fortunately I have this possibility even at my working place, so this helps a lot between meetings. When in a meeting, I always try to sit the way that I can look out of the window, if possible with some plants to see, or the sky with moving clouds. And having something to read about a beloved topic with me is also invigorating – even if I don’t read but just know the book is with me! 🙂

    • I’m such a fan of daydreaming – I spend hours of my life just gazing out to sea. It really is great for re-energising and finding my motivation if I’m having a slump!

  4. I’ve started blocking out the hour before and after any appointments I make on my calendar, because I know that having to switch gears too quickly saps my energy. This way I make sure that I have downtime in between calls to process the one I’ve just had and prepare for the one that’s coming.

    • I’m definitely the same as you Tanja, I need that in-between time. I also make sure I don’t book in too many meetings during a week – there is only so much my brain and energy can cope with!

  5. For a long time I thought the time between 3 and 5 pm was my “slow” time. What I finally realized is that by 3 my ” being around people” stores have been significantly depleted and I’m due for some quiet/alone time to recharge. When I’m home, just lying on the bed, usually sprawled face down, for 30 – 45 min will recharge me for the rest of the day. At work a late lunch or 15 min break to quietly take a walk, or sit somewhere quiet helped, tho not usually possible so the drive home was my recharge time, sometimes taking the long way home if I needed it.

    • Interesting that you’ve realised seeing people between 3 and 5 isn’t a great time for you. I know that I get a bit of a late afternoon slump in my energy too but it’s never occurred to me to not set up meetings then – makes such sense though! Thanks for your comments 🙂

  6. I generally find that after a lot of social time, whether it’s just light hearted amongst friends or all the way up to a formal business meeting, I’m pretty much unable to just sit and carry on working immediately afterwards. I need to reset somehow to find my productive side, which is basically the introverted version of me (I’m never productive in a group situation). Usually this requires a good cup of tea, and quick walk, or best of all – a power nap – 15 minutes at least. Then I can get back to work, until the next interruption, at which point the process generally has to happen again!

    • I can definitely relate to this idea of ‘re-setting’ Dean. Even if I’m working by myself I need that in-between stage before I can get back to work. I’m a bit of a fan of power naps even if I’ve not seen anyone all day – definitely sets me up for the afternoon!

      • Yep – power naps are the best! I generally have to set an alarm though else I’d probably end up snoozing all afternoon 🙂

  7. At busy times I try to make sure I start the day with yoga, take the time to meditate before each work session…even just for two minutes, and if I feel myself losing energy, I get up and have a dance break!

  8. Oooh I love this topic! My solution for now is to have work-free Saturdays as my top priority. I have learnt how to both schedule my time better and to let go of guilty feelings for choosing an afternoon of fanfiction-reading and watercolours over the draft for a blog post. I have also learnt to say ‘no’ to friends and colleagues when their wishes don’t work well with mine (a.k.a. talking about work at 9 p.m. over the phone, or spending one afternoon trudging through a museum when I’d rather play Civilization on my laptop at home). The most beautiful thing is that, even though I say ‘no’ more often, I have actually become a much kinder friend.
    Oh, and I have also started meditating at the end of each day to let off the tension amassed over the day. I’d have never thought it could work, but so far my sleeping pattern has improved.
    (Btw, thanks for both the article and the comments! I found some good alternatives that I’d love to try :D)

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