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Human energy management tips

  1. Human Energy Is the Most Valuable Commodity Eight Ways to Become a Productivity Power House
  2. 1. Schedule time for mind, body and soul  “Pay yourself first" - schedule time to recharge.  Reduce stress – go to the gym, do yoga, meditate or pray.  Establish a productive and "in charge" mindset and framework for your day.  See “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod for examples.
  3. 2. Prioritize  Start the day with your list of tasks to accomplish.  Assign each task a number based how imperative it is to accomplish.  Start with your highest priority and work your way through the list.
  4. 3. Create a peak & valley journal  CREATE A JOURNAL: Keep a journal of when you hit peaks and troughs with energy.  LEVERAGE THE PEAKS: Once you recognize your anatomical peak and valley times, complete challenging tasks during your peak state.  MANAGE THE VALLEYS: As you start to wane, do an activity that will recharge your energy (e.g. walk, listen to music, meditation, etc.).
  5. 4. Feed the Machine  Eat healthily to manage your energy.  Avoid the afternoon slump by ditching the caffeine and sticking with protein.  Keep a bag of nuts in your desk for when you get hungry or tired to supply you with sustainable energy versus a temporary spike from caffeine or sugar.
  6. 5. Break your day into micro tasks  Break the day up into 15, 30, 60 and 90 minute tasks.  Gauge when you have hit your limit on a single task. The rule of diminishing returns may take effect if you spend too much time on the same assignment.  Give a task a time limit to create the urgency to complete it.  Pivot to the next task if you get stuck on a task.
  7. 6. Find your motivation on tap  Motivation fuels energy….. but it’s hard to stay motivated 100% of the time.  Find thought leaders to boost your motivation & energy.  Look for a source (e.g. Podcast, YouTube, Twitter, blogs) to ignite your spark.
  8. 7. Focus!
  9. 7. Focus!  Humans are not capable of multi-tasking, contrary to popular beliefs.  Shut off everything around you when you begin a new task.  Put up your blinders. No social media, phone calls, texting, or other tasks during this time.  Watch how much you can get done.  Remember, the more you pivot, the more fatigue on the brain.
  10.  Negative people, redundant tasks, and mindless work can zap energy.  Schedule energy drainers towards the end of the day when your energy is waning.  Advise negative colleagues that you only have a few minutes to talk to get straight to the point.  Try to automate redundant tasks (e.g. using formulas in excel versus manual entry). 8. Avoid energy drainers!
  11.  The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod  The NY Daily News article by Meredith Engel titled Human attention span is now shorter than a goldfish’s: study  The Rule of diminishing returns  “Why We Do What We Do” by Tony Robbins  Multitasking Damages Your Brain and Career by Travis Bradberry  Tony Schwartz & Catherine McCarthy’s article from Harvard Business Review titled Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time. Additional Resources