Today continues the weekly series, F*ing Fridays, which will coincidentally occur on Friday. I mentioned some of my favorite F words back on Day 5, including: Fearless, Fabulous, Fine, Fun, Faith, Freedom, Forgiveness, to name a Few.
Last week I dove into the word Fresh.
Today’s F*ing Friday is dedicated to the word:
As in, energy.
If you’ve been Following along this week you have already taken the energy quiz.
And, if not, you can go do it super quick. Takes just a few minutes.
Here are my personal energy crisis zones:
- I check email too much, too long, all day and night.
- I don’t do enough strength training.
- I don’t designate vacation time as just that: getting away from it all (yes, I’m talking to you email!)
I’m constantly connected.
And, after taking my energy quiz I am now aware of how that can (and will) crash my energy stores.
For those who like Facts, here’s some Figures:
Our human body runs on the circadian rhythm. It is the Flow, the daily cycle of organisms over 24-hours. More simply, it is the clock that tells us to sleep and wake.
Throughout day, however, our energy runs on Ultradian rhythms, which are recurrent periods or cycles repeated throughout a 24-hour circadian day.
So what’s the point?
This: energy breaks.
We need to reFuel, reFresh, and reFill the energy tank in order to perform at optimum levels.
Turns out, this pit stop needs to happen just about every 90 to 120 minutes.
It’s time to refuel again.
For me, that’s about the time (90 minutes into a project) I start tromping through Facebook-land and distraction alley.
My body is trying to tell me something (hello head: I need a break!) but my computer screen has a headlock on my attention (let’s see who’s on facebook!).
It feels productive.
It looks productive.
But really, it’s not just a time suck, it’s an energy suck too.
What I learned this week is that my Focus would be better spent taking a deep breath. Doing a downward dog. Or, getting up and moving around, instead of trying to stay the course, keep working, and Fight the distraction.
It seems Foolish not to.
Otherwise, time will take it’s toll on my emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.
Some say life is a marathon.
Turns out, it’s more like a whole bunch of sprints.
One after another.
With really great recovery time in between.
And with that, I am powering down for the night.
Must admit, it Feels strange.
I hope you have some time to Find your Fuel this weekend too.