It is evident that with increased energy levels, you can get more stuff done. Also, the quality of what you do greatly improves when you have a clear, focused mind and apply your energy toward a concrete problem or task. Even your mindfulness and meditation greatly benefits from high energy levels.
On the other hand, lack of energy leads to decision fatigue, procrastination, and eventually to mediocre results.
If you have a strong will driven by an underlying purpose aligned with your mission and inner values, you can still get some stuff done, but it is much more challenging. With a lack of energy, everything you do becomes a bigger effort and will let you exhaust quickly.
Stress is a huge energy drain, as it redirects your mental resources to the primitive part of your brain (the amygdala), leaving your prefrontal cortex (which is in charge of logical decision making) with limited ability to make quality decisions.
However, you also know that poor sleep, unhealthy nutrition, and lack of effective exercise in combination will further decrease your energy levels.
To maximize your contributions as a (tech) leader, you, therefore, need to pay close attention to your energy levels and develop a system and healthy habits that help you to keep your body and mind running at peak performance.
But how do you do that and where to get started?
It all boils down to the health of your mitochondria.
These small bacteria, which we have plenty of in most of our cells, are the “powerhouses” that generate the energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) we need to survive and thrive. They’re like tiny factories in each of our cells that turn the food we eat and the oxygen we breathe into energy – our body’s major energy source. Most of our cells have a few hundred of them. The cells in your brain, heart, liver, kidneys, and your eyes actually have thousands of them (as they have a high energy demand.)
There are about 10 million billion (100,000 trillion) mitochondria in an adult human, while about 2 billion mitochondria are made every second throughout a person’s life!
These are amazing facts, and I encourage you to learn more about these little organelles (specialized structures within a cell performing specific functions) as they are critical to your energy levels.
But why is this relevant?
Whatever you do in terms of optimizing your sleep, decreasing your stress levels, eating healthy, systematic detoxing, effective exercise, and applying mindfulness techniques are all affected by the quality of your mitochondria.
Therefore it is beneficial to create daily habits that impact the quality and quantity of your mitochondria.
The question therefore is when reflecting in the evening:
Did I help my mitochondria today to improve, or are they now worse off in comparison to yesterday?
The good news is that there is a plethora of research on mitochondria health out there. Recent attention to this topic through popular books like “Headstrong” from popular biohacker Dave Asprey share the knowledge you need to start optimizing your tiny power workers in your body.