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.”

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  • Patlayton

    Michael,
    I have done all but 1 of these in the past 2 weeks. (I haven’t used a sun lamp)
    I’m exhausted :)
    I’m just sayin’
    Happy Thursday!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I highly recommend the sun lamp. I can’t guarantee that it will work for you, but it has really worked for me.

      • Anonymous

        I’m wasn’t sure what you meant by “sun lamp” – surely you don’t mean a tanning bed! I googled it and apparently I can order one for under $30 so this seems like a worthwhile investment.

        • Cliffdrum

          I believe any light bulb with a 6500 K color temperature ought to be adequate for creating daylight color frequency. Which means you ought to be able to find a bulb like this in any home improvement store, and just install it in a lamp.

          • Anonymous

            Perfect, @Cliffdrum! This seems much easier (and less expensive than a new lamp). Thank you!

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            Thanks for that tip. I wasn’t aware of this. One of the thinks I like about my Philips goLITE BLU is that I can travel with it. It also has a timer on it.

      • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

        I assume by the name that a sun lamp is a source of natural light for people who don’t get outside enough?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Please see this post, “How to Overcome the Winter Blues.” In it, I describe Seasonal Affective Disorder (“SAD”) and how sun lamps can be used to treat it. Thanks.

      • Eric Pulsifer

        While this list serves more as a reminder than anything else, the sun lamp intrigues me too. During the summer I’ll do my work outside, in a camp chair with a laptop, working on the tan. My productivity falls off as summer fades, so I’m investigating lamps. Thanks, folks!

  • SueB

    Learning to do something new (I’m currently teaching myself to knit) and finishing a task that’s been hanging around much too long (I’m trying to get caught up on my ironing).

    • http://twitter.com/B_Schebs Brent Schebler

      I like the learning something new. I am currently looking for some new hobby to invest some time into that is productive as well. Thanks to the additional input.

      • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

        Doing new stuff definitely energizes me.

  • http://www.justcris.com Cris Ferreira

    Michael, I need an energy boost so bad! Thanks for sharing so many great ideas. Some of them I hadn’t thought about until now (like number 6, 19 and 37), and there are several others that I’ve been postponing. Now it’s time to get started!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Good for you!

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Gothcha! Here are my additions to your list:

    – Run/ jog/ walk everyday
    – Write poems
    – Learn some martial arts
    – Do adventure trekking
    – Take time to admire nature

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

      Taking some time to admire nature is sooo good!

  • http://twitter.com/NewEnglandHiker Roy Wallen

    These are great suggestions, though I would put them in a different order. As always, thanks for the insight.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      These weren’t intended to be in any specific order. I just wrote them down as they occurred to me. What would you have listed as your top five and in what order? Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/Leadershipfreak Dan Rockwell

    I’m going out to lighten someone’s load. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/snidermatthew AtomicPopcorn

    I Love point number 31!

    Thanks Michael for this list!

  • Karen Jordan

    *Spend some quality play time with your child or grandchild.
    *Go on a date with your spouse.
    *Take your camera on a walk or drive.
    *Read Michael Hyatt’s blog :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Perlesink

    Play. Play in the rain; jump in puddles; walk for miles. Play kicking leaves in the fall as you walk for miles. Play in the snow; throw snowballs; slide…
    Everyone’s complaining about cabin fever here in Bham, just because we had a little snow. Sad they can’t find their inner child and just get out and play in it – it’s such a fleeting rarity here.
    http://tinyurl.com/yzktwj2

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Play is huge. I totally missed that one. Thanks for adding!

    • http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/ Geoff Webb

      I took a break to go sledding with my kids yesterday afternoon (which quickly turned into throwing snowballs) and I felt much more motivated for the rest of the day. Great addition!

    • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

      This is a great reminder! Thanks! Playing does bring a fresh energy, changes the pace of things, helps you get out of ruts and helps you not to be too serious with yourself all the time. Not too mention the impact it makes on those that you play with – like your kids!

    • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

      That’s a good one. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy… :)

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

      Ah, thanks. Playing. Spending time with the kids. Be a kid again. Great suggestion!

  • http://twitter.com/B_Schebs Brent Schebler

    I love the list. There are certainly thing on here I am going to try. for my, I boost my energy by dancing. nothing good just fun grooving. I do it at my desk at work. This gets ophers smiling and laughing. Most importantly I Dance with my wife in our small kitchen for a few moments while cooking dinner and she comes home from work. Highlight of my day.

  • Jay

    Good list, except for number 8. That many glasses of water a day is unnecessary. If you’re eating what you should you get most of your water from food.

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      Most nutritionists are starting to tell you that you need half of your body weight, in ounces, of water each day. Granted, some of that will come from the food you eat, if you are eating what you should. My problem is that I don’t like to eat that stuff every day, so I need to drink more on the days I eat less of what I should.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I don’t disagree that food can be a source of water. But most people don’t drink enough water. When I stay hydrated, I stay energized.

  • http://twitter.com/B_Schebs Brent Schebler

    So I was rereading the list and had a thought. aren’t points 11 and 12 really the same thing?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yep, I think they’re two side of the same coin.

  • http://twitter.com/epicparent epicparent.tv

    Implementing some of this right away! Thank you Michael.

  • http://twitter.com/doughibbard Doug Hibbard

    I would expand dinner with “a friend” and have it with a few good friends, and let the conversation wander away from stressful things.

    For my wife and I, our dearest friends are overseas, so I’d add “Skype Chat with friends” but that’s not universal—face to face would be better!

    • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

      Having dinner with friends can be so energizing!

  • http://vvdenman.com/ V.V. Denman

    Be still. (meditate)
    Watch funny movies.

    Thank you so much for this list. I need to remember to SMILE. (#16)

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Great list , Mike. I have to pick up one of those lights and give it a try.

    Three things have energized me lately…

    Writing fiction… allows my mind to create and go amazing places

    Planning and starting a STRONG goal… It’s really exciting starting something new

    Listening to some uplifting music while running… My iPod Shuffle is wonderful

    I would also agree with Karen Jordan that hanging out with my daughter and grandson was very energizing… but that little guy could totally tire me out quickly. :-)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Listening to the right music can really impact your mood. Conversely, the wrong music can really bring you down. I had an experience with that this weekend that I hope to write about soon. Thanks, John.

      • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

        I totally agree. Music can affect you emotionally, spiritually and physically. I can’t wait to read your story.

  • www.therextras.com

    Sorting your list….some need to be habits, daily. Very challenging.
    Barbara

  • http://www.thedailywalk.net Adam

    Great list. Exercise has always been great for me personally. Also, enjoy sitting back firing up Google Reader and checking the RSS feeds as well.

  • Deborah

    Great list! Making sure I have quiet time first thing in the morning charges my batteries.

  • http://www.keithjennings.com Keith Jennings

    I’ve found that changing my work surroundings throughout the day boosts my energy and refocuses my attention. In addition to my office, I like to work in my office building’s cafe, outside on a table or bench, at coffee shops, etc. I try not to work in the same place more than 2-3 hours.

    I also like to take walking breaks during the day. I’ve found it’s a great way to decompress and enjoy serendipitous conversations with folks I wouldn’t normally engage.

  • Anonymous

    I do many of these (or a variation) when I’m feeling down. I’ll tuck this away for future reference as I try to be more intentional in life. By the way – I equate “boost your energy” with “boost your mood” (or spirit). It’s interesting you’ve got “plan a vacation” but not the actual vacation listed.

    On a different note, I feel the need to defend potatoes! A small cooked ungarnished potato gives me a great boost. I alternate oranges, apples and small cooked potatoes for healthy snacks between meals. (I think the problem with potatoes, rice, etc. is our tendency to add “bad” things to them).

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yea, I think the anticipation of something is almost as good as the actual experience.

      • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

        Sometimes better.

  • http://twitter.com/AndreaAresca Andrea Aresca

    Great list and great subject to make a list on!
    I was just thinking of the importance of ENERGY the last day.

    A couple of things I would add:
    1. Do something I like
    2. Accomplish an important task
    3. Listen to a great sermon
    4. Drink a good coffee

  • http://twitter.com/taterhouse Ryan Tate

    An sun lamp would come in handy in dreary northeast Ohio. I don’t expect to see the real sun for another two months, at least.

    I would add “prayer” and “playing with kids” to the list.

  • Anonymous

    I’d add:

    Take a run.

    Choose to notice the strengths in others, then point them out publicly. (The beauty of twitter is that you can publicly praise someone and really bless them.)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I like the idea of pointing out the strengths of others. This is like a magic wand that energizes others. You can watch their posture change!

    • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

      I’d never thought about Twitter that way but IT’S SO TRUE!

  • Karen

    Avoiding negative people is so true! I have a few of those people in my life and after a phone conversation with them, I feel exhausted! The negativity just sucks the energy right out of me. So I have chosen to surround myself with positive people and it really helps!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Me, too. It sounds harsh, but negativity is contagious. This is also why negative people see fewer opportunities in life. No one wants to be around them.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Me, too. It sounds harsh, but negativity is contagious. This is also why negative people see fewer opportunities in life. No one wants to be around them.

  • http://missionalmamassoul.blogspot.com/ Amy

    - Make someone else happy
    - Serve
    - Forgive
    - Get stuff done
    - Family night
    - take a coffee break

    Just off the top of my head, some might fit under some of your actions.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Forgiveness is especially important. Lack of forgiveness is like a slow leak in your spiritual energy.

  • Cliffdrum

    Actually not necessary to drink 8 glasses of water a day in water form. That’s 8 cups of water in any form, which means food contains water, and fruits and vegetables are actually the best form of water for the body. All that 8 cups of glass water will do is force nutrients to leave the body, whereas fruits and vegetables help to retain nutrients and water.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnMRowley JohnMRowley

    Excellent list Michael. This goes along with a few of them but eat every 2.5 to 3 hours. This will keep your blood sugar steady and allow your body to burn the food you eat as fuel. when you don’t eat often enough God designed our bodies to store food as extra energy (fat) in the event we don’t eat for a while.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      That is a very good suggestion. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/rodneyeason Rodney Eason

    Great list, Michael. Especially turning off the news.
    If you and Gail have not seen the movie, “Note by Note,” watch it. It is inspiring to see people do things they love and how people experience their art.
    I watched it last night. We have a Steinway at work and I snuck a few keys in this morning. It energized me.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’ll put Note by Note on my list.

  • Ashley Musick

    Thanks for the list. My favorite suggestion might be #22, sing old TV theme songs with friends. It sure does sound fun, but it’s a pretty random addition to the list! We’ve been snowed into the house here in Georgia all week and I’ve found that as my energy level has gotten low in the midst of the cabin fever, I’ve felt like taking a shower at that point in the day every time. It’s helped a lot.

    • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

      Good one, Ashley.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It is so fun. Gail and I actually have more than 50 of them on iTunes.

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    Here are a few that I find helpful:

    -Get on the floor and play with my children.
    -Dinner out with my wife, alone.
    -Read a good story.
    -Spend time in a hobby of mine.
    -Go on a hike.

  • Anonymous

    Tommy Newberry’s, The 4:8 Principle, taught me many of these things over the last year. It amazed me how much energy I had when I took myself out of a negative situation with a very negative person.

    Dreaming big gives me energy. Writing as well.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Is this referring to Philippians 4:8? One of my favorite verses.

      • Anonymous

        It sure is. That book was a HUGE life changer for me. And the verse too, of course.

  • LEHA

    Laugh until it hurts! That make me feel great.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      This is why I love watching comedy shows!

  • Tina Levose

    When your puppy falls asleep in your lap and you just have to give in and go with it for a few minutes.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I love that one! Very creative.

    • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

      Cats work too. But sometimes they’re a little TOO willing to nap.

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

        :)

    • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

      I would also add your kids to that list. My two-year-old fell asleep in my lap the other day and it was one of the best moments of the week – I could have stayed there for a long time.

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

    Great list. I love the creative approach to it.

    Exercise would be a big one for me. Being an extrovert, conversations energize me a lot.

    And, of course, coffee — not just the drinking of it, but the smell and experience of a good cup, as well.

  • Sharen Watson

    This morning, I posted, “Woke up tired.” on FB. After a bit of conversation with some friends on the subject, I found your email in my inbox. Perfect timing, Michael! Just reading your suggestions energized me. And now, my yoga mat awaits… Thank you!

  • Sue Proulx

    Great list Michael. Reminds me to evaluate my life and restart habits and activities that have most energized me in the past.

    In November, I embraced #12: Avoid Negative People. I am a giver who’s finally learning to be prudent with my generousity and kindness. Here’s to the super powers of positive people. Thank God for the energy, passion and refreshment they give to my soul.

  • http://www.christopherscottblog.typepad.com/ Christopher Scott

    A few years ago I was working with a Tony Robbins Certified Performance Coach.

    At the time my workload was extremely heavy and I was struggling with feeling overwhelmed and burnt out. My coached asked me, “What fills you up?” Meaning, what activity do I do that will re-energize me and fill my spirit.

    The number one activity I can to boost my energy is to read. I love to learn, so sitting quietly with a book and cup of coffee, really energizes me and fills up my spirit.

    Michael, as a lover of books, I’m sure you’re the same way. You list “read the Bible” as one of yours.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Reading should have been on my list. (For crying out loud, I am a publisher!) Thanks for bring that one up.

      • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

        I was surprised, kind of in the same vein, that you recommended we don’t read the news. I find it exhilarating to stay up to speed with the goings-on in the world around me. Maybe you could clarify?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I have written on this in a post called “A Self-Imposed Media Fast.” Thanks.

          • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

            I just read it. You make some great points. Hey, in case you didn’t hear, a senator got shot in Tuscon over the weekend, part of a spree. She’s getting better (after a visit from the President), but in the meantime the left and right began shooting each other—with “vitriol,” not bullets.

            I think I’m catching your drift.

  • http://www.thehahnhuntinglodge.com Nikole Hahn

    I wouldn’t stop watching or reading the news, but maybe balance it out so it doesn’t suck you down that path of despair. I find the sleep, right diet, and plenty of excercise both indoors and out really help to inspire my writing and keep my energy up for the many tasks in my week. That, and balancing out my down time with all the other things on my to-do list. I have to have that laying on the couch, doing nothing time once a week.

  • Timothy Wilson

    Thanks for the list, it reminded of a few things that I need to be doing to get my energy up!!!

  • thedailysaint

    Sunshine in the winter- what I need on most days to pick up my energy level. Cool air works every time. Thanks for the post Michael.

  • Anonymous

    Drink coffee.

    Listen to worship music.

    Surround myself with people who inspire me.

    Exercise.

    • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

      Drink Coffee? That’s cheating, you pumpkin eater.

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

      Those are good ones… I do all of that everyday except for drinking coffee…! haha

    • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

      Replace the coffee with Dr. Pepper and we’re good to go :-)

  • http://familysynergy.wordpress.com JD Eddins

    That’s a great list. One of my most energize parts of the day is walking in the door from being at work and having my girls attack me with hugs and yell “Daddy” as loud as possible. It’s time like that that remind me why I do what I do.

    • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

      This is a great one for me too! My kids have gotten into the habit of attacking me with “up-hugs” – running and jumping up into my arms for a big bear hug. What amazing moments those are!

  • http://www.dailyreflectionsforsingleparents.blogspot.com/ Scoti Springfield Domeij

    After three hours of dance rehearsal yesterday, when I read the title “44 Actions You Can Take Now to Boost Your Energy” on the email, I thought–now that sound exhausting. Great, short, practical tips.

  • http://relevantbrokenness.com Marni Arnold

    Praying would be what I would add to this list. Prayer can multiply whatever little energy you may have on certain days – and keep you going until you go to sleep again. I fail quite a bit at a disciplined prayer life – however, it is a work in progress to become more steady; for I have noticed when I do pray, go figure my life is a bit easier to maneuver (and I am more energetic) than if I don’t.

  • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

    I think you should add fasting to the list. Regular fasting has spiritual benefits for sure, but the physical benefits are no small thing, either. Experts that focus on the physical recommend once a week to once a month.

  • Rachel Wojnarowski

    I love this!

  • http://twitter.com/Linnette Linnette R Mullin

    Put your whole heart into giving a hug to your spouse, son, daughter, mother, rather, best friend….

  • http://twitter.com/2020VisionBook Joshua Hood

    One of the things I found the most interesting about this list was the connection between attitude and energy. “Avoid negative people” What does that have to do with energy levels? A lot! Mental energy and freshness translate into physical energy and freshness. Great point!

    Joshua Hood
    2020visiononline.org

  • http://twitter.com/Taleb80 Taleb Al-Dress

    Thank you
    Could I add

    1- Don’t be jealous.
    2- Be honest.
    3- Don’t be ill-wisher.
    4- Don’t care about others when you do what you suposed to do.
    5- Don’t argue for silly things.
    6- Stop smoking.
    7- Take care of sugar & Salt

  • 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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  • Janherbert

    Great thanks. Jan

  • http://christopherbattles.net/ Christopher Battles

    Thank you Michael.
    - Have a sip of coffee (tea) for pure enjoyment. 
    -Do a few push ups/jumping jacks. 
    -Read a quick blog/quote or reflect on a previously know one

    K, bye

  • http://www.caminomyway.com/ Randall St Germain

    Michael, I found it interesting that your post came out on a day which I struggled to do my work and write my blog. Although I have had a cold for the last week, it has been many nights since I had a good sleep. I haven’t been eating well and not exercising as much as I need to. I feel very tired. I think tomorrow, I shall go for a nice hike and get some fresh mountain air. Thanks Michael for all your posts. I wish you and everyone a wonderful holiday weekend.

  • Gammy 2006

    Thanks for your article. I really needed that enlightment. I made a list 1st then compared ours together! Amazing how similar they are. A few I have listed differently are: Intimacy, a sweet Kiss, New Love, dating ….I lied, those weren’t really on my list, well not initiall, I mean (except intimacy)they came to my mind as I was typing and since I don’t have those things in my life right now, I suppose I could say those go on a different list like “What makes me smile or what I am missing! So sorry, back to my real list: Showering, laughing, playing with my grandchild, Praying, cleaning, dancing to good music, painting or decorating, studying, shopping and last but not least financial security! Thanks for allowing my comments.

  • Gammy 2006

    I forgot one really important one or two! Living a Balanced Life- Mind, Body & Soul! Creating & eating beautiful meals I made up as I go! Lastly, working on fulfilling my lifes purpose! I love this list and now am inspired to create more….thanks to Michael! Good job!

  • Fergys6

    Kiss someone!

    • Gammy 2006

      Wish I had someone to Kiss!

  • Allyson Foster

    May fall under #1, but one of my favorites (and yours I believe) is Spark!  Keeps me present.

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  • Esimathis

    Hi Michael, my list echoes many of your entries.  I would add: Dance, hug someone (who wants to be hugged), pet an animal, memorize a Scripture, pray for someone else, recall a fond memory, list the things going well in your life, savor a great meal, walk or sit by the water, send a card……..

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  • Sylange

    Nature! We just returned from a trip to Baja where we camped on the beach and swam with whale sharks. Came home as re-energized as I ever remember being? Why? No electronics. No distractions. Focused attention on each other and on the beauty before us. In the moment.

  • http://tyronneratcliff.com/ Tyronne Ratcliff

    Hey Michael. These are all really great energy boosting tips. Your productivity during the day is based on your energy level. A few things that have worked for me are making changes to my diet, getting out more often and staying properly hydrated. Being around other people that are energetic has worked for me as well. Have a good one!

  • Maria Morgan

    Great list! Here’s another one that boosts my energy: Get an adjustment at the chiropractor.

  • Lori Bruton

    Great ideas! I get energized when I by water and kayaking.

  • Roberta Brown

    Two more ideas: practice an instrument, and write in your journal.

  • Terrie Coleman

    Great list. I would also add singing old hymns. I don’t know why, but singing, “there is power, power, wonder working power in the blood of the Lamb,” just gets me going. Blessings.

  • Pam

    Great list to get my brain working on my own list. I’m on vacation the next 2 wks and am doing a personal ‘reset’ on various areas of my life. Reading this was perfect timing for me!

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog. Always valuable information I can use or refer back to later. Thank you for sharing the gift God gave you with others.

  • Hugh O’Donnell

    Great list, Michael, but I’d watch out for #9…

  • Hugh O’Donnell

    Read a few comments, and I now better understand #9!

  • nayla

    I would add: take a food intolerance test to see what aliments drain your energy down (for me it s gluten and egg yolks)

  • Brigitte Cobb

    Sleep. I just love that one :)

  • Dave Cornell

    Thank you for a great list, Michael. I already do some of these but I am going to pick five that I don’t use and put them into practice. I’m thinking one of them will be the sun lamp. How do you use yours? Thank you, Michael!