Hack Your Chronotype: 20 Techniques to Deal with Low Energy

This article was written by Reuben Yonatan, founder of GetVoIP, a leading VoIP provider comparison resource. As an entrepreneur and tech enthusiast, Reuben’s expertise is in helping small to mid-size business owners build, maintain, and scale their communication infrastructure.

There is nothing quite like trying to stay awake when you are tired at work. It can affect your mood and more importantly, productivity.

To combat this, we tend to turn to sugary energy drinks and soda or coffee. However, research has shown that there are actually four major chronotypes – which is reflective of how your body’s internal clock functions.

Not everyone is an early morning riser. Some have more energy and are more productive at night. Others have a post-lunch dip that can drastically affect your work during the day.

So, leveraging your body’s natural rhythm is essential to maintaining the energy that you need. Aside from that, there are several ways to boost your energy that don’t necessarily need to come from a sugar-filled energy drink. While those might work in the short term, they can cause the inevitable crash.

GetVoIP took a look at these chronotypes as well as 20 ways to naturally boost your energy levels.

Chronotypes

Dolphin

This type wakes up tired at around 6:30 AM and has waves of energy throughout the day. The best focus time for dolphin chronotype is 3 – 9 PM.

Lion

The lion is up at around 5:30 AM and has a lot of energy right at the start of the day. But, by the time night comes, they get tired fast. Since they have more energy to begin with, their prime focus time is 8 AM – 12 PM.

Bear

They wake up at 7 AM and will be especially groggy if they don’t get their full eight hours of sleep. The bear is most productive from 10 AM – 2 PM.

Wolf

These night owls are mostly mentally “asleep” until about noon. They become much more productive at night.

Boosting Energy

GetVoIP also outlined ways to boost your energy. These are some of the best/most surprising takeaways:

Breakfast.

Starting with a hearty, protein-filled breakfast is very important.

One thing that you might not be aware of is the energy-boosting power of lemon-aid. It can boost your metabolism by up to 30%, and also includes energy-boosting potassium.

Cold showers, however hard they might be to take, can help boost dopamine levels. Having low levels of dopamine will deplete your energy.

Working Out and Drinking Water.

Although this might sound counterintuitive, working out and breaking a sweat at lunchtime can help you stay energized for the rest of the day.

If you do workout, however, it is incredibly important to keep yourself hydrated. Dehydration is actually one of the top causes for feeling fatigued throughout the day.

For those who are heavy drinkers of caffeinated beverages like coffee, soda, or energy drinks, keeping hydrated is even more important because they can be a diuretic. It is recommended that you drink at least one extra cup of water for every cup of coffee.

Snacks.

Try to avoid food that are high in carbohydrates. If you want a snack, try to grab salmon, kale, avocado, bananas or nuts. Pumpkin seeds have also been found to be rich in protein, fiber, and energy-boosting amino acids.

Unexpected Energy.

Did you know that a brisk walk in an outdoor park with some greenery can improve your mood – which can also improve energy by oxygenating your brain.

Listening to your favorite song can trigger a rush of dopamine, which, like the shower, also activates energy.

One of the most surprising is that researchers in Hiroshima University found that after showing a group images of cute animals, their energy and productivity went through the roof. So, maybe all of those cute cat videos from YouTube are actually worth it!

You can learn about more about how to get more energy on GetVoIP or check out the full infographic below:

chronotypes and energy levels

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Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

E-commerce is a booming industry and will only continue to grow in the coming years. That’s why it’s not so surprising that there are plenty of people who want even just a small slice of the proverbial pie.

But whether or not you are looking to establish a full-blown online store or would simply want to supplement your income by buying and selling items on the side, you have to pick a product to sell that would, well, sell.

With the right marketing strategy, one can argue that anything and everything can be sold online. However, the real challenge is finding a product that is conducive to success. How do you find that product? Here are a few pointers.

Finding The Ideal Product to Sell

1. Target Hobbyists and Collectors

You’ll be surprised by just how much money hobbyists and collectors are willing to spend to fuel their passions.

If you have a knack for finding rare items, you’ll be a big hit with collectors. Whether they’re interested in action figures and toys, lapel pins, first edition books, stickers, sports cards, or even antique dinnerware. Just make sure that everything is legitimate.

Meanwhile, there is no shortage of hobbies on which people willingly invest their time and money.

Some of the more popular ones include biking, fishing, knitting and crocheting, calligraphy, model building (including radio-controlled vehicles), and handicrafts. Look for a leisure pursuit where you can act as the product-based solution and you’ll easily enamor yourself to these customers.

2. Something Hard to Find or Can’t be Bought Locally

There are some things that can be easily found in a local grocery store or a specialty shop — say gardening or baking supplies. But what about specialty foods, magician’s accessories, eco-friendly products, and fandom items?

Most likely, people will go online to find these. You can enlist the help of Google Trends and Google Keyword Tool to get a glimpse of what kinds of products people are searching for online and use the results as a guide to pick a niche product to sell.

You can also try to sell products that can’t be bought or difficult to procure locally, like Japanese Kitkats, the “three-story” alfajor Oreos, or Asian beauty products. The latter, in particular, is a good place to start since a lot of products are only available in select countries or regions but are available through wholesale Asian cosmetics websites. Do the hard work of sourcing these products (and offer them at reasonable prices) and see just how much your customers will love you.

3. Star with The Accessories Before The Big-Ticket Items

When people buy big-ticket items such as 4K TVs, high-end smartphones, and gaming laptops, they buy them only once. Their next purchase of these kinds of products will probably be in the next two to three years.

These are big investments, after all, and people are much more reluctant to spend huge amounts so often. However, accessories are much more common purchases and people are relatively more agreeable to spending more often on these items. Especially when they’re meant to increase the performance or ensure the longer life of the bigger product.

Think about HDMI cables and switchers for TVs, charging cables and power banks as well as cases and protectors for smartphones, and gaming accessories like a mouse, a keyboard, and a good pair of headphones.

If you already sell the big-ticket items, then it’s a wise decision to add the accessories to your online catalog. If you’ve yet to choose what to sell on your online shop and/or you have a limited capital, you should consider selling these kinds of accessories first.

4. Consumables Mean Customers That Keep Coming Back

Consumables mean that you will have a steady customer base and a rather reliable revenue stream. What’s more, when people need to order products from you regularly, it’s much easier to build a loyal customer base.

Think about specialty cooking ingredients (Himalayan pink salt, anyone?), supplies for arts and crafts, and even cosmetics. Just make sure you’re able to deliver each and every time, since you don’t know when your customers will run out of their stock or order in bulk in advance.

Of course, choosing which product to sell is just one part of a thriving online business, since you should also take into consideration the demand, potential competition, and reliable suppliers, among others. However, it’s also undeniable that finding a saleable item is a huge contributor to your business success. Good luck on your journey as an online entrepreneur!

If you're into ecommerce, you might be wondering what product to sell on your online store. Here are 4 great ideas that are sure to make you money and bring you loyal customers: #ecommerce #onlinestore #makemoneyonline #sidehustle