44 Actions You Can Take Now to Boost Your Energy

Too often, we seem to accept the fact that our energy level is what it is. It’s beyond our control. Not true. Like most things in life, we have more control than we think.

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Recently, just for the fun of it, I started making a list of all the things that energize me. I started out with a list of 10. Then it grew to 20, 30, then 40, and now, 44. But I am certain I have only just begun.

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These are in no particular order:

  1. Take Vitamins.
  2. Lose weight.
  3. Organize your desk.
  4. Eat lean.
  5. Get 7–8 hours of sleep a night.
  6. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
  7. Take naps.
  8. Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
  9. Use a sun lamp.
  10. Exercise regularly.
  11. Stop watching or reading the news.
  12. Avoid negative people.
  13. Surround yourself with high-energy people.
  14. Walk faster.
  15. Decide to be energetic.
  16. Smile.
  17. Learn a new joke and tell it to someone.
  18. Read or watch something inspiring.
  19. Avoid sugar and white carbs (potatoes, bread, etc.)
  20. Reconcile with an estranged family member or friend.
  21. Go to church.
  22. Sing old TV theme songs with friends.
  23. Listen to music that moves you.
  24. Get outside.
  25. Breathe more deeply.
  26. Read the Bible.
  27. Relax your body.
  28. Cancel unproductive meetings.
  29. Plan a vacation.
  30. Experience art.
  31. Stop complaining.
  32. Be grateful.
  33. Pay someone a compliment.
  34. Give money to a good cause.
  35. Lighten someone else’s load.
  36. Travel with less stuff.
  37. Clean out your closet.
  38. Have dinner with a friend and be fully present.
  39. Take a shower.
  40. Get a massage.
  41. Turn off your mobile phone.
  42. Get lost in a great story.
  43. Make a list of why you are doing what you are doing.
  44. Dream about what is possible.

Here are a few other posts I have written on this topic: “How to Reboot Your Spirit,” “What Keeps You Going When You Want to Quit,” and “How to Boost Your Energy Level.”

Question: What have I missed. What is on your list? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

    I think my favorite one at the moment would be to “take a nap.” With three young kids that still like to get up during the night, sleep is a precious commodity and a nap during the day does wonders :)

  • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

    I would say that playing an instrument…boosts your energy! Specifically electric guitar! :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Especially loud!

      • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

        Haha! Oh definitely! Loud is the only way to play! :)

        • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

          In that case, I should add my drums to the mix – we can definitely do loud ;)

        • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

          In that case, I should add my drums to the mix – we can definitely do loud ;)

  • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

    I would also add to the list: Create something for the fun of it (not on a deadline). For me, this includes something in the yard, something on the computer (pictures/graphics, writing, programs/applications, etc.) and even creating something out of playdough or legos.

  • http://twitter.com/japesTwt Japie Buys

    watching / reading something funny or spending time with jovial friends that make you laugh

  • http://karlakakins.com Karla Akins

    Awesome. Thanks for this list. I’m going to print it out and use it!

  • http://twitter.com/MattBeard Matt Beard

    I like to listen to sermons which may sound boring to some but is really energizing to me. I recommend Andy Stanley and Louie Giglio. I also like to listen to an audio bible on my way to and from somewhere in the car. It’s amazing what jumps out at you when you’re listening that you might not catch when you’re reading.

  • TNeal

    Lively conversation and a challenging argument, those two energize me. A challenging argument engages my mind and usually involves someone I know well but disagree with. I enjoy a good polemic.

  • http://www.techwork.dk IT-Blog

    Nice tips here in the cold and dark winter :-)

  • http://twitter.com/DanielBecerra Daniel Becerra

    I’m lacking on the vitamins part, never really tried to make them a habit. Recently, I have noticed that when my sleeping pattern varies, it causes me to drag myself through that day So thanks for that reminder!

  • Dcook

    This may fall under the “time with energetic people” category. I am always energized after spending fun time playing with my children. Children in general have a spark that helps!

  • http://www.lawrencewilson.com/p/about-me.html Lawrence W. Wilson

    I love no. 7. Humor is always uplifting, especially when you share it with someone.

  • http://twitter.com/lovinglyyoursG Georgiana

    Breathing deeply and stretching wakes me up and provides my body with a quick burst of refreshment. Eating a healthy and taking a multivitamin also provides me the nutrition I need daily. Also taking a brisk walk and getting some exercise awakens my muscles and keeps me going throughout the day.

  • Brooke

    Playing with your pets. They’re always so happy to have attention and a walk with the dog would be a great energy booster!

  • Brooke

    Playing with your pets. They’re always so happy to have attention and a walk with the dog would be a great energy booster!

  • Kcmoog

    One thing you missed is prayer. I believe it centers and focuses people which gives them the drive to accomplish things throughout their day. Also, I listen to worship songs to keep going the last mile of a five mile run. They help to keep me from quitting.

  • http://www.bradfarris.com/ Brad Farris

    Writing a good thank you note and really taking the time to appreciate something about someone else really energizes me. I have a stack of note cards next to my phone and try to write one a day. Try it!

  • http://www.thequietquill.blogspot.com DJ Hughes

    Great list. I’m cool with 43 of the 44. But potatoes? Aw, man. I love potatoes! Baked, mashed, fried – you name it.

    I understand what you mean though. For me, I would need to add to the list, “Eliminate Caffeine,” as I have yet to find a way to moderate my intake of caffeine without ending up on a cycle where I need another pick-me-up. I have found that, in the long run, I actually have more energy when I avoid it completely. (I discovered this when I gave up Mt. Dew for Lent last year.) Of course, I did have a Mt. Dew today, so I guess it’s a good thing Lent is around the corner again.

  • Anonymous

    Prayer, learn something new and I love going to a symphonic concert.

    #37 – Cleaning out your closet – really? Reading that sounds draining. :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yea, but having it done is awesome!

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  • http://jhwist.tumblr.com/ Henrik Wist

    I’d add “Schedule time with yourself (outside of work)”. My wife tells my I am so much easier and relaxed during a (weekend) day if I get up an hour earlier than anyone else and use that hour for myself. Reading, writing, exercising without any interaction. Well worth it.

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  • Craig Malz

    Honest prayer
    Writing and then Singing a new song to the Lord
    Doing a honey-do item that’s been on the list too long
    Playing a musical instrument
    Calling and encouraging someone

  • http://www.davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

    I’ve found that #41: turn off your mobile phone can be the most difficult but also the most rewarding. It’s amazing how ‘unplugging’ for a while can recharge you.

  • Bianca

    play in the rain. ;)

  • Diablokitty

    Love this list. I would add “Play with your children (or someone’s children).”

  • Diablokitty

    Love this list. I would add “Play with your children (or someone’s children).”

  • Sjohnston

    3-4 hour chunks of solitude (for me being in the woods)

  • http://twitter.com/ThatGuyKC K.C. Procter

    What an awesome list!! Thank you for the reminder.
    I’m thinking this would be a great set of goals for 2011 all on it’s own.
    Maybe a way to fill out a scorecard and have readers share links to posts on how they do?

  • http://twitter.com/MacKinnonChris Chris MacKinnon

    Re: #11. As a pastor, choosing who to spend your time with is sometimes difficult. Some people talk about balance; for every 5 people who share their hurt, dissatisfaction, etc. with you, find 5 people who are enjoying their lives, making a difference, etc. But I think it’s important to be out of balance. If you’re only breaking, even you can’t pull someone very high out of their pit. When you have raised your own emotional level, you can help raise that of others (e.g. being #12 for someone else).

  • http://musicroad.blogspot.com kerrydexter

    walk more slowly ( as opposed to one idea on your list)
    get lost in a great song — playing or listening
    savor the quiet places
    cook a meal, for yourself and /or for a friend, and savor the preparation and the eating of it

  • http://www.momentsofgracelotr.com Anne Marie

    Just finding the time to read this now but been waiting too since I definitely need an energy lift. Much wisdom here especially about avoiding the news, negative people and being with positive people and getting lost in a good book. I would add some alone time. I most recharge my batteries with that. Thanks for a great list! God bless, Anne Marie :)

    N

  • Scrhill

    Hi Michael,
    My husband and I enjoy reading your blog. I just began a new job as the pastor of a church. After one month there I took an action step with #28: Cancel unproductive meetings. People were a bit surprised that I suggested it, but they saw my logic. Now, we “meet” via e-mail if any action items come up. In 6 weeks, nothing has come up. :)
    Sara Hill

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  • http://twitter.com/lovinglyyoursG Georgiana

    My daily quiet reading time both in the morning and the evening are important to me as well as my writings that bring life in proper perspective.

  • Sharon Roam

    …also I began putting a face of some of my goals and dreams….created…new energy…new hope…Sharon

  • Roam

    …love your list…also I recently began putting a face on my dreams and goals…visualizing the dream in it’s completeness…it’s refreshing…freeing and hopeful.

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  • Rosa Federico

    Michael I was always feeling tired and had the winter blues! Especially with all the snow this winter! Love the Sun lamp! Thanks! I use it daily after my new exercise regime! Bikram Hot Yoga and Daily use of a Sun Lamp?!!! Who knew???? I went from “not being a mornig person” to hitting the 7:45am class and starting my day off on the right foot! I’m lessed stressed!Thank you for your tips! I shared them with my children and we are working on them daily. Looking forward to a more energized “lifestyle!” :))

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  • Guest

    For me, “Surround yourself with high-energy people” is the exact opposite of “relax your body” or “breathing more deeply”, as I am an introvert. What brings energy to introverts drains extroverts, and vice versa….knowing how God created you, and what brings you energy, will help you stay in balance.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      So, true. I am an introvert. My wife is an extrovert. What energizes us is different. Being aware of that helps us avoid a lot of conflict!

  • Anonymous

    Michael, you mention “Stop watching or reading the news” in #11. I agree, this can get draining. But I often wonder how people, especially like yourself, get their news. I find myself reading a lot of headlines, but that’s obviously only surface level. I want a good, efficient news sources.

    Suggestions?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I scan the headlines in my RSS feed. However, I keep in mind that the goals of newspaper publishers is to generate ad revenue. To do this, they have to generate traffic (or “eyeballs”). To get that, they have to create drama. So I always dial the intensity and volume down.

  • Karl Mealor

    If fatigue is a recurring problem, a medical checkup is in order. Blood sugar issues, problems with thyroid, and sleep apnea are just a few of causes of a lack of energy.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I agree.

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  • http://brendancosgrove.com Brendan

    Still one of my most favorite posts from your blog. I’ve come back to it several times already. Thanks Michael!

  • http://twitter.com/adharain adhara integrated

    i will definately try these, plan a vaccation, humm!

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