Sources of Energy

You know how sometimes you have that article that you can’t finish for months, or a DIY project that you never get to, or the novel that you theoretically want to be writing but just never get to? You know you should be doing it. You actually want to be doing it because it’s something you know you enjoy but… instead you binge-watch a stupid Netflix show, or scroll through Facebook for hours, or do something else that isn’t even enjoyable and that’s definitely not as much fun as the article, the project, or the novel.

This is an indicator that you are running low on energy. And it’s obviously not physical energy that I’m talking about. You need to replenish your energy but do you know how to do that? Do you know what your sources of psychological energy are? People are often utterly clueless about this. They list what they think should be a source of energy because it sounds virtuous and right. In reality, though, most of the things on their list of psychological energy sources are actually big drains.

“It gives me energy to work out!”

Really? After working out for two hours, you come home and add 500 words to your long-suffering article? If that’s so, then great. What are you reading this for? Go work out and finish the darn article.

What people don’t realize is that the real energy-giving activities aren’t necessarily deeply virtuous. To give an example, for many people, nothing is as propellent as guilt, so their energy-giving activities are of the guilt-inducing kind.

In any case, the only way to find out is to finish this sentence: “The last time I went at that project / novel / presentation, etc like crazy and made great progress was right after I did X.” The list of these Xs will give you the real picture of what your energy sources are.