A few months ago, I was in the market for a new keyboard. I really wanted something cordless, but I wasn’t too excited about replacing batteries every few months. Then I found this, the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac: This is a cordless keyboard that charges itself using two small solar panels. At first I thought the solar panels would be problematic if I’m never close to a window (which is usually never a problem; I’m addicted to light). But after reading the features, even indoor lights can recharge the batteries. Now that’s what I call self-sufficient! After months of use, I’m happy to report that I’ve never been out of battery nor have I ever been on low battery. Even though I pound away on it for hours each day, it continues to recharge itself day in and day out.
Have you ever felt like your battery was low? Maybe you felt physically fatigued, or perhaps maybe you were emotionally fatigued–or both. I know I have, and a few years ago I discovered one way I can proactively recharge my battery: exercise. Whenever I’m feeling discouraged, unsettled, or down, I’ve learned to ask myself, “Are you getting enough exercise?” More often than not, I’ve gone a few days without a work out. It’s incredible how truly medicinal exercise is for me, both physically and emotionally, and I know I’m not the only one.
One of the features of my keyboard is a button next to the on/off switch. When you press it, either a green light or a red light will flash, indicating if the battery is fully charged or running low. It’s important that we identify our own indicators in our life. Luckily for me, my wife has come to know when it’s time to send me off for a swim or a run. I’m usually discouraged, lacking motivation, and simply thinking irrationally, and within an hour I can get back in the right mindset. What are your indicators? If you don’t have a spouse (and even if you do have a spouse), you can and should create a list of questions that you ask yourself from time to time. Here are some examples:
- Am I getting enough sleep?
- Am I drinking enough water and eating healthy foods?
- Am I exercising regularly? (It’s incredible how many problems these three activities can resolve)
- When was the last time I did something fun?
- Am I spending enough time with family?
- When’s the last time I did something nice for someone else?
These questions are basic, and they should be. They should remind us of the foundational pillars that support sustainable performance in life. Health, fun, family, and service are just a few, but you should spend time thinking about what your own pillars are and how you can strengthen them.
If you want to achieve sustainable peak performance, you need to find out how to consistently and efficiently recharge your own battery. The methods are different for everyone, but once you’ve identified them, deploy them regularly to keep you healthy and happy. They are the keys to your success.