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Episode 30: Hacks for Overcoming Tiredness to Regain Productivity

Episode 30: Hacks for Overcoming Tiredness to Regain Productivity

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Feeling tired is inevitable. Acting tired is optional.
— Gretchen Heinen

I have been there. sitting on the couch unable to do anything besides hit “next episode” knowing that what I need to be doing is get up and move my life forward. I have also been there in those moments at 2 pm at my work desk and I can’t stay awake because I am SO TIRED.

Here is the cold hard truth…. building your net worth is going to take more work than you think it is. It is going to take you to do the work to improve the finances on the days you feel like it and on the days when you get 4 hours of sleep because the baby kept you up all night. Maybe your “baby” is actually a looming debt hanging over your head so you aren’t sleeping well. You are going to have to learn to work tired on some days. I have had to do it. You will too. The most money I ever made in my side gig was on a week I worked all 7 days at the hospital. I did calls on the way to work, I got up at 4 instead of 5 so I could put in an hour of work and I had to work once the kids went to bed at 8 pm after putting in a 10 hour day of work.

Doing this all the time is obviously not a good idea. You will burn out and either quit your side gig, slow it down or you will get sick. However, learning how to perceive “tiredness” and “busy” and reframe them is one of the best things you can do on the days you didn’t get enough sleep.

Here are my top hacks for powering through a day when you weren’t able to get enough sleep.

  1. I do the following yoga poses: Back bend, down dog, forward hang, lunge with a twist, lizard, child’s pose. Check out this article to learn more.

  2. I drink some coffee but not too much. Coffee can make me feel wirey and sick of I am using it to keep myself stimulated. Some is good, more is not better.

  3. I drink lemon water and diffuse lemon essential oil. Citrus flavors and lemon in particular wake me up. Here is my favorite lemon essential oil that you can even put in your water!

  4. I do a cleanse day. Digesting food takes energy so if you can rest your digestion you will conserve the little energy you have and create more! Here is how I do a cleanse day.

  5. I tell myself the most empowering story about the day. If I sit around and tell myself how tired I am, of course I will be tired. Instead I tell myself I am vibrant, alive and ready for the day. I also visualize exactly how I want the day to go.

  6. I stay active. When I was at a job I would get up and fill my water bottle, go to the bathroom, walk around the halls, do the yoga poses again to stay alert. Anything to get up from my desk. Now that I am a full-time entrepreneur working from home, I STAY OFF THE COUCH. The couch triggers relaxation thoughts in our mind so staying away from it during the work day to be productive is imperative.

  7. I get dressed as if I was going to a business meeting. Staying in yoga and pajama clothes is a mistake on days like this. Get up, get dressed, show up.

As I type this I landed form a plane at 12:30 am the previous night and it is 10 am. I have already done all the morning kid duties, yoga, work on my business and am dressed for success. I am on my second cup of coffee and I will switch to hot lemon water after this and my cleanse herbs and my lemon essential oil is diffusing. You can do this today, even if you are tired. I promise. Tell yourself so.

Much love to you this week.

xoxo

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