Boost Your Energy With a 5-Minute Routine
Reaching for caffeine or some other stimulant to keep us productive are just band-aid solutions.
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Instead, a quick 5-minute routine can bring you a longer-lasting boost of energy.
Studies have shown that even a short bit of exercise makes us happier, more alert, and more emotionally intelligent.
Pair this with the other practices that boost our motivation and help us connect with people outside of our work and you’ve got a winning hack.
Here’s what you need to do:
Minute 1 Stand up and stretch. Just 60 seconds of exercise—whether that’s standing up, walking around the office, or doing some stretching—helps get you out of your slump
Minutes 2–3 Complete a quick online errand like buying something online, paying a bill, or sending an article to a friend as you promised. Crossing something simple off your to-do list is a big motivator
Minute 4 Write down your plans for the night or weekend. Again, this comes down to motivation. Having something to look forward to and imagining yourself there can help push you through the day
Minute 5 Check-in with someone you care about. Text an old friend or get back to someone you’ve been meaning to