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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,...

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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 ...

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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 differen...

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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 ti...

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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 sc...

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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...

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Studies show low mood only increases procrastination if enjoyable activities are available as a distraction. In other words, we're drawn to other activities to avoid the discomfort of applying ourselves.

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What Self-Care Means

Self-care essentially means tuning in to our true needs, and making them a priority, rather than neglecting them in favor of obligations or urgent (but not important) tasks.

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How We Start Our Day

How we start our day is key to our daily lives.

Practicing gratitude, taking things light and easy, listening to soothing music, and cultivating a positive mindset is the start of self-care.

It's The Little Things

Little things like focusing on your breath, some moderate exercise, taking care of your posture, relaxing with your favorite TV show

are great ways to do some self-care that they don't require any extra time, like a spa therapy or a vacation.

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  • Deep work”: using your skills to create something of value. It takes thought, energy, time and concentration.
  • Shallow work”: all the little administrative and logist...

Cal Newport

Cal Newport

"The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive. "

Cal Newport on time management

  • Don’t schedule distractions. Schedule deep work.
  • Keep a scoreboard for deep work: The point is to shame yourself if you’re not up to snuff.
  • Stop saying “yes” to unimportant stuff;
  • Have a “Deep Work Ritual”: Hiding in a conference room and throwing your phone into an abyss is a good one.
  • Ask your boss how much time they want you spending on deep vs shallow work: If they say “100% shallow”, feel free to ignore everything above.