When most people talk about productivity, they talk about things like:
But if that’s all you’re working on…if those things are where you START improving your productivity…they’re going to be useless.
Yep, I know it’s controversial, but I don’t think batching is some productivity cure-all! ¯_(ツ)_/¯
It’s not that those things don’t help, it’s just that they’re all part of step 2, and no one’s talking about step 1.
Julie Andrews and the von Trapp children would be ashamed!(“Let’s start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start…” 🎵)
Those productivity tactics ONLY help you out long-term if you have a strong foundation of *energy management* for them to stand on.
Otherwise, you’re not planning those time blocks and task batches for times that work for YOU. You’re choosing them based on someone else’s advice, schedule, personality, and strengths.
Digging deeper than those quick tips and learning to manage your energy before your time and tasks is a perfect example of working brighter instead of smarter.
So in this episode of the Brighter Broadcast, we’re digging into getting started managing your energy instead of your time and tasks.
Welcome to your introduction to energy management! (Or as I like to call it, spoon theory for non-spoonies and spoonies alike 😝)
When you’re just looking at how many things you have on your to-do list, what’s on your calendar, and how many hours you’re “booked” for the day, you’re not getting a full view of your work ability for the day.
A keystone of energy management is remembering to not just look at, “what do I technically have room for in my schedule,” but also “what do I have the energetic, physical, and mental capacity to do right now?”
It’s really that simple. Most people don’t have any trouble understanding the concept of energy management, the problem comes with actually doing it.
What can make it difficult is:
- Actually remembering to do it – it can feel like an extra step at the beginning of your planning when you’re getting used to it.
- Really understanding your own energy levels and work enough to plan your days accordingly.
Understanding your own energy can be kind of frustrating because we’re told all these black & white productivity myths that we need to unlearn first.
Like, a lot of us assume that like we’re supposed to be morning people, we have to do the hardest stuff first, and “techniques” like that.
So right now a lot of us are working really out of sync with our own energy.
Energy management fixes that.
It’s also great for getting your physical and mental health in balance with your to-do list, which if you’ve followed my personal stuff at all, you know is a challenge I’ve really been working on.
Getting Started with Energy Management
The most important part of managing your energy before your time and projects involves understanding your energy patterns, and how much energy your different routines take.
Some tasks are high energy, some are low energy, and you want to complete them accordingly.
For me, high energy tasks are things like video, other types of content creation like writing, or calls. These might only take 15 minutes when I’m really revved up and energetic and feeling focused. But if I try to do them when I don’t have enough energy, they can take like 5x as long.
Like, have you ever sat to write a blog post or an email when you’re exhausted, and this thing that you know should only take 30 minutes or so takes hours and hours?
And you’re just sitting there, staring at the same paragraph, wondering why is it taking so long to write this one paragraph?
If you’ve ever experienced that, then you’ve experienced your energy management being out of sync with your time management.
To start fixing that today, watch my intro to energy management now.
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