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How to Use Your Energy Wisely

Your Daily Energy Can Get Used Up



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In both Bravey and Divergent Minds the idea of us having daily energy levels that run out came up. When something catches my mind and then comes up in more than one place I pay attention! The daily energy available is the amount of mental energy we have each day to run our lives. It is the decision making power, the logistics, the thing that helps us manage each day. It runs out.


If I spend twenty minutes debating about whether or not I'm going to get out of bed, I am using up my resources on a simple decision. It goes like this:


I wake up. I start the process.


I could sleep more, I could get up.

I'm getting up.

I don't have to.

Okay, I'll go back to sleep.

That's lazy, and you're already up.

Okay, I'll get up.

That's dumb, you don't have to.

Okay, I'll go back to sleep.

That's lazy, and you're already up.

Okay, I'll get up.

That's dumb, you don't have to.


Repeat for twenty minutes.


It is costing me much more mental energy to hold the tension of changing my mind back and forth than it would take to just get up and go do it. I do this all day long- easy decisions made more difficult by the habit of internal debate. It's a habit built on self doubt, and doing it doesn't make me trust myself more, it makes me trust myself less.


The longer I work on my life the more I see how much the small things like this influence the bigger picture. Self trust is an important part of my relationship with myself. But I get in my own way because I don't give these things time and attention because I think I should already know how this works. Believing that has seriously kept some of these tired worn out habits alive far past their usefulness.


How to Use Your Energy Wisely


I'm doing an experiment this week: not debating. Seeing how much energy I can conserve by not spending any time on decisions I've already made. It is harder than I thought! I started testing this out on my runs. I decided that I would walk half a mile, then run half a mile. That when my Runkeeper app said "Distance point five miles" I would immediately start running no matter what, then not stop until it announced the next half mile. It is working! I am teaching myself to not question my decision. Walk half a mile, automatically run. Then walk. Then run. Without debating in each part, I just do what I've decided I'm going to do. Today I enjoyed thinking breathing and the beat of the music instead of arguing with myself about how far I was going or if I should stop. I just...went.


Initially it will take more energy to change, which to me is another one of the reasons change is so difficult- we think by changing it will be easier, but actually change is harder then easier. And, it's harder for longer than we think it should be.


My daily energy tank is a crucial part of my day, and I want to use my energy wisely.


How do your own mental conversations go? How much time do you spend arguing, debating? What would be different if you used that energy elsewhere?


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