Human Energy Management

Is burning the midnight oil the answer the only answer to be productive?

Remember our age old mantra hard-work vs. smart-work?

Do you produce the same results consistently during every hour of the day?

The answer probably lies in managing your energy.

Time management, as a function in today’s world is slowly getting evolved into Energy Management. Newer subjects like Minimalism, Essentialism indirectly relate to the core philosophy of decision making to deploy human energy.

Time is an finite source (24*7*365), but energy is like a sinusoidal wave with both positive and negative amplitudes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sine_wave

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 ^^ Don’t you think our energy during the day is similar?

Time management coupled with energy investment is the secret for peak performance output.

Firstly, we need to start with understanding each individuals energy spikes during the day to focus on the essentials i.e. the most important activity for that day. Few are consistent throughout the day, morning birds can knock off most of their important chores before the world wakes up, night owls would like to be left alone when the world sleeps.

Time slot of deploying energy changes, but altering your schedule within the 24 hour span does not. Optimization of one’s own energy is golden.

The core problem with working longer hours is that time is a finite resource. Energy is a different story – Harvard Business Review

The energy project deconstructs ‘energy’ into four key compartments:

  1. Body
  2. Emotions
  3. Mind
  4. Spirit

The art lies in managing all aspects by building habitual rituals that fuel positive emotions to result in high impact of the scheduled activity.

A strength overused becomes a liability.

Continuous hard work, for example, eventually turns into overwork and burnout. Intermittent renewal is the antidote. Too much confidence eventually becomes arrogance, and the balancing quality is humility – Key Idea#5, The Energy Project

Further reading: 

https://hbr.org/2007/10/manage-your-energy-not-your-time

https://www.fastcompany.com/3039179/why-energy-management-matters-more-than-time-management

(Featured Photo by Robert Baker on Unsplash)