“We all have times when we think more effectively, and times when we should not be thinking at all.” — Daniel Cohen (children’s author)
Most experts today will agree that you can’t manage time. However, what you can manage is your “energy”. I started discussing this last summer and having just had a conversation with a new found friend last night on the subject, I thought it very relevant to bring it up again.
Just last week I had come across Josh Kaufman’s Personal MBA blog article on the same subject, and therefore include below a short 2 minute clip which illustrates the point we’re talking about.
What are “Energy Cycles” & how can you put them to your advantage?
Your body has Energy Cycles; natural rhythms of energy during the day.. and whilst cheating your Energy Cycles (i.e. not sleeping, extra caffeine, etc.) can sound tempting.. however, ultimately it’s very unproductive!
Here are four ways to work with your body and not against it:
- Learn your patterns: keep a track of your energy during different parts of the day, and you’ll eventually see which are the best moments for you to work and rest.
- Maximize your peak cycles: plan your day in order to take advantage of the moments where you have the most energy.
- Take a break: When you’re in a down cycle, it’s better to rest than power through. Rest is not optional.
- Get enough sleep: Sleep deprivation results in a prolonged cycle, lowering your productivity.
Questions for Consideration:
- When do you feel most energetic?
- What times of the day work best to do certain kinds of work?
- What do you do to manage your energy during the day?
Paying attention to your Energy Cycles and working accordingly, will help you get the most out of your time available.