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Boost your productivity by managing your energy (not your time)

https://www.fastcompany.com/90450087/6-ways-to-boost-your-productivity-by-managing-your-energy-not-your-time

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Boost your productivity by managing your energy (not your time)
As an entrepreneur, social media influencer, and business mentor, I field hundreds of DMs, emails, and client questions every day. Being able to manage my time isn't a luxury­­-it's a necessity for the survival of my business. I've learned that organization has less to do with making lists and putting things into my calendar.

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Energy-management strategies

Organization has less to do with making lists and putting things in a calendar and more to do with energy levels.

When energy is high, you feel ready to tackle any task. When it's low, you feel scattered and overwhelmed. Using an energy-management strategy will help you channel your energy well.

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Close loops in your head

"Open loops" are all those tasks that you've had on your mind for weeks, months or even years that are still not completed. They quietly drain a lot of energy out of you by taking up space in your subconscious.

Take an hour, day, or week to close the loop and do that thing.

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Minimize task switching

To preserve your energy, focus on starting one "type" of task and finish it before moving onto the next.

You can even organize your days for various kinds of tasks to keep the different types of energy contained.

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Self-source your energy

We usually find ourselves energized when things "go right" in our lives. When things don't go well, we tend to let our circumstances consume our energy.

To self-source your energy, make time to meet your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

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Set healthy boundaries

When we say "yes" to something we should have declined, we use energy on something that will drain us.

Learn to offer a polite and respectful "no" when it is necessary.

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Do a social media detox

Take a break from social media or minimize screen time. It will likely remind you that you are not as busy as you feel you are - your brain is just working overtime when you're mindlessly scrolling.

When we're looking at a beautiful lake, we feel peaceful because there is very low "data input" coming into our brains. When we're always on our cellphones, our minds are continually swamped with data.

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Stop overthinking

Energy drains from us when we are indecisive. 'Should I go to the gym now or this afternoon? '

Instead, create a routine and stick to it. Make an exercise schedule and flip a coin for what to wear.

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Expressive writing

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  • Try Journaling: Putting words to our emotions often helps us understand them in a new way, and process them more effectively.
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  • Practice letter writing: Unspoken thoughts or feelings can feel like a heavy burden to carry. Consider putting these sentiments into a letter.
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