Do you struggle with chronic fatigue? If you are like many entrepreneurs with ADHD, you are answering “yes.” Well, the last thing you want when you find the TIME to achieve a goal is to lack the energy to accomplish it. You are literally leaving money on the table until you can learn to harness your best energy toward your goals.
So, how can you structure your life to raise the chances that you will have the energy you need when you need it?
Here are three things you can do with your Think Time Planner to better manage your energy so you can achieve your dreams and goals.
Brainstorm ways to rejuvenate.
Instead of having only “to dos,” your Think Time Planner also includes an area also for “to bes.” Use the To Be Concept Cloud to brainstorm ways you can rejuvenate your energy this week. This means including time for rejuvenating relationships, recreation, and relaxation. When you are including activities in your schedule that build into you, then you will have a stronger energy reserve to offer your dreams and goals.
2. Develop healthy routines and habits.
As a person with ADHD, you may cringe at the suggestion of a routine. I get it. I hate routines too. But, I have learned their power and use them as often as I can to help me advance my dreams and goals. Professional organizer, Julie Morgenstern well said, “If it is not in your routine, it is not in your life.” So, to help your energy levels, build sacred sleep routines, exercise routines, and healthy eating habits. You can use the Routine Worksheet and the Habit Tracker in your Think Time Planner to help you to create routines that will support your energy management goals.
3. Celebrate your wins.
So often, it is easy to be overwhelmed by all that “has to be done” that you just keep plunging into the next thing. Looking forward, it’s overwhelming and de-energizing to see the “tyrannical to do list” that is constantly taunting you. To develop a brighter outlook and increase your energy toward your dreams and goals, regularly practice gratitude for what you have been able to accomplish. Each week, use the Review Phase of your Think Time Planner to check off what you did accomplish and celebrate what went well. You are probably doing better than you think, and you deserve to know it!
Energy management is an incredibly important skill for entrepreneurs with ADHD. Don’t leave money on the table anymore—simply because you don’t have the energy to follow through on your goal. Apply these three tips regularly with your Think Time Planner to help you make the most of your days so you can live on purpose and achieve your goals in a distracting world.
Do you have time but still struggle to get the right things done? How can you find time for what matters most when life gets in the way?
Here’s what you have told me. You believe there are two primary things that keep you from living on purpose and achieving your goals.
#1 more time
#2 improved focus.
These two needs are critical for your goals and are actually very, very intwined. Let me explain.
Have you ever had a million things to do and the deadline was upon you? Do you remember that you “got it all done?” It may have seemed like a miracle, but things just “worked out.”
Dr. Cal Newport, author of Deep Work, suggests that intensity can be traded for time.
“Intensity can be traded for time.”
-Dr. Cal Newport
That is, if you are more intense, you can accomplish more in less time. On the other hand, if you are low on energy or highly distracted and unfocused, you lose a LOT of time.
Dr. Newport’s formula could be described in mathematical terms as time = intensity
time = intensity
To get more time, up your intensity–just like you would when the pressure is on and the deadline is fast approaching.
To help you get traction with Dr. Newport’s idea, I want you to break it down another step.
What is intensity?
Intensity increases when you have increased energy and increased focus in a singular direction.
To explain this mathematically, I defining intensity as “energy x focus.”
So, time = energy x focus
The next time you feel over whelmed that you have so much to do and so little time, don’t get discouraged and wish for a day in the future in which you will have more time. Instead, get strategic. How can you boost your energy and your focus toward the goal for which you wish you had time?
Don’t get discouraged. Get strategic!
-Christine Wilson, LPC
With this formula, you can create practical strategies to find more time in your life for your dreams & goals.
Let’s start with one strategy to boosting your energy—self-care.
When was the last time you were hoping for more time and decided you needed to go to bed earlier, build more exercise into your routine, or make wise eating decisions? Well, good job if you did. It is one of the most strategic ways to boost both your focus and your energy–which gives you more time.
If you are like many people, often, when you want to accomplish a big goal, self care is the first thing to go on the back burner. However, this works against you–causing you to lose valuable time–just when you need it the most. The energy you gain from good sleep, exercise, and nutrition propels you toward your goals and allows you to accomplish your goals faster because you have more energy available.
Think about how many goals can remain on hold when you “don’t have the energy.” Don’t let this happen to you! Use this idea of taking time to boost your energy to your advantage so you can achieve your goals.
Next, let’s talk about a strategy to boost your focus.
Often, when people feel like they have a lot to do, they get a quick idea of generally where they want to go and just dive in. They think, “There is no time to lose. I need to start right now!” Well, this impulse is exactly the wrong way to boost your results.
Here’s why: When you dive into a project without clarity, you can waste your best energy on low-results activities that leave you empty for what matters most.
When you dive into a project without clarity, you can waste your best energy on activities that don’t move the needle–leaving nothing left for what matters most.
On the other hand, when you take time at the beginning to develop a crystal clear clarity around your goal…so clear you can feel it…research shows you are less vulnerable to distractions and more likely to achieve your goal.
Being distracted SLOWS YOU DOWN. So, diving right in causes you to lose time in the long run. Stepping aside to develop a compelling clarity around your goal helps you get the best results by focusing your best efforts on high results-yielding activities.
Retirement strategist Chris Hogan calls this Dreaming in Hi-Definition. When you paint such a clear picture of what you want that you can taste and see it, your focus is boosted and distractions simply do not hold as much sway. You gain time.
This is why energy Think Time Planners and Courses help you improve your energy and boost your focus so you can find the time you need to succeed.
You may be thinking that you don’t need to be strategic like this. You just need to try harder. Let’s talk about that. Unfortunately, trying harder will not help you achieve your goals. Here’s why.
There is a problem.
Research shows that 90% of the thoughts you have today are the same thoughts you had yesterday. This means that if you like the results you are getting, then, yes, do more of the same.
However, if you need to overcome an obstacle, change a pattern, or solve a problem, you need to think differently. How do you think different thoughts? You need a guide to help you think about your thinking. When you do this, Psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud says, “When you think about your thinking… Voila! New neural pathways begin to form!”
And, when new neural pathways begin to form, new ways of being and doing are born. New paths can be explored and experienced. Your changed behaviors and new solutions are on their way!
This is the big “why” behind taking time to think-time. Improved thinking leads to improved results.
In my next e-mail, I will be sharing another important strategy to include in your goal achievement toolbox. I will share a tip that can help you avoid losing up to 23 minutes every time this happens. It is so critical to your success and will help you maintain the boosted energy and focus you need to succeed. So, keep your eye on your inbox for this!
How often do you take time to consider how you can boost your energy?⠀
You may not often think of what a game-changer good energy is, but it is soooo important. I love the way performance psychologist Jim Loehr says it: “Energy is life!” If you have poor energy, you miss out on life.
Truly, the amount of energy you bring to a task or a relationship makes all of the difference. Yet in the busyness of your day to day life, you could be depleting this most valuable asset instead of restoring it.
The Think Time Planner helps you process your life so you can live on purpose in a distracting world–and part of living on purpose is boosting your energy so you can show up well. By combining creative thinking and mindfulness with productivity, you can see your life in a more complete sphere so you can not only be confident are you getting more done in less time, but you can also be confident you are getting the RIGHT THINGS done.
Today, I want to show you how you can boost your energy levels with your Think Time Planner.
1 Get More Sleep. Use the Review section to become mindful of what is working and what is not working as you seek to get more sleep. Then, use these insights to create your Dream Routine and time block this directly onto your weekly calendar. To add a visual boost, time block your sleep by coloring in those hours with a charcoal gray oil pastel or dry-brush paint black to claim them for sleep.
2 Reduce Your Stress. When you have a lot of unresolved thoughts, your brain works overtime to find a place to put them. It can be exhausting to have so much on your mind. That’s why I created the Daily Planner ThinkPad. Every morning when you wake up, use your Daily Planner to get on paper everything that is on your mind and create a clear plan for your day so you can reduce your stress and move into your day with calm confidence. (Learn more techniques to reduce your stress in my course From Chaos to Confidence.)
3 Get on the Move. Building exercise into your routine is a keystone habit to boost your energy. Each quarter, use your “Health” Concept Cloud to mind map all of your ideas for getting more exercise. Raise your chances of success by moving the best ideas into your Dream Routine. Raise your chances of success even more by inviting your friends or family to join you. (You can learn more tips for creating Routines that Support Your Long-Term Goals in my Course Cut Through the Noise.)
Your weekly plan for boosting your energy may never be 100% perfect. That’s okay. Your Think Time Planner is the place where you identify what you would do if you had total control. Then, you flex with your real life and record your journey along the way in the Review area.
Life happens. And, that is okay.
Your goal is to control what is within your control by creating ideal rhythms and routines that help support your dreams and goals. Over time, you will become who you want to be across many areas of your life. This week, don’t miss out on your life because of a lack of energy, focus on boosting your energy so you can infuse more life into the tasks and relationships that matter most to you.
How do you plan to boost your energy this week?
Cheering you on!
p.s. Don’t let the distractions of life get in the way of your dreams and goals.