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Don't Manage Your Time - Manage Your Energy

Identify the 20% of the activities

... that bring you the most results for every aspect of your life.

Look at your relationships, business, health, money. Then, focus on doing more of the activities that improve those aspects.

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Don't Manage Your Time - Manage Your Energy

Don't Manage Your Time - Manage Your Energy

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Energy and happiness

Happiness comes from one measure: your energy.

  • High energy: Good mood, feeling confident, looking forward to the future, chest up, smiling, enjoying myself, and enjoying myself.
  • Low energy: Bad mood, sad, afraid of the future, timid, shying away from eye contact, worrying, etc.

Improve your self-knowledge

... by asking yourself questions like:

  • Why am I in a good mood today?
  • Why am I in a bad mood today?
  • Why am I happy in this moment?
  • Why am I stressed right now?

Manage your energy

Ask yourself:

  • What activities destroy my mood and drain my energy?
  • What activities make me feel good and give energy?

It’s not about avoiding hard things. It’s about looking at the results activities have on your mood.

Identify the 20% of the activities

... that bring you the most results for every aspect of your life.

Look at your relationships, business, health, money. Then, focus on doing more of the activities that improve those aspects.

Continuously re-evaluate

Get feedback. Journal. And always ask yourself whether you’re on the right track. You must adjust your course manually. 

Being in a good mood

You don’t have to be in a good mood all the time. That’s not realistic. Also, you can be in a good mood and go through difficulty.

Life is tough. So It’s better to be in a good mood to make it easier.

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Jerry Seinfeld

“I think money is great. But physical and mental energy is the greatest riches of human life.”

Jerry Seinfeld
Personal Energy

Energy is everything. It goes beyond status, power, and money. Personal Energy is difficult to measure, as our energy levels vary.

There are 3 types of energy:

  1. Mental Energy: It is your ability to concentrate, pay attention and focus.
  2. Physical Energy: Ability to perform physical tasks
  3. Emotional Energy: Ability to feel compassion.
Managing Personal Energy
  • Mindfulness meditation is an excellent tool to improve our focus and awareness. We can enhance our mental energy by integrating our mind through meditation, instead of getting lost in scattered thoughts.
  • Physical energy can be enhanced with regular exercise, no matter what kind. 
  • Emotional energy is intensified by human interaction. Meeting new people and spending time with people with no particular agenda is a great way to stay positive and improve your energy levels.
Habits define your energy levels
Habits define your energy levels

Tine is not the basis for productivity. Energy is.

Having all the time in the world won’t help you if you’re exhausted for most of it. Having good habits help in keeping yo...

Sleep is the foundation of our energy

Poor sleep means you will start to underperform.

Research says 7-8 hours are pretty much mandatory if you’re going to stay cognitively sharp in the long-run.

Napping benefits

Even if it may feel lazy, napping has a range of cognitive benefits.

This is particularly true if you’re doing a lot of learning since the short burst of sleep can help with memory.

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Productivity guilt
Productivity guilt

Productivity guilt happens when you feel overwhelmed by not attending to all the things you know you "should" be doing and having a nagging feeling that you're wasting time.

Hidden contradictions of life advice

In practice, adding too many suggestions for living well will create a conflict with each other. 

Suggestions are almost always given on their own, without including a wider context. You can read about why exercise, reading or meditating are good on their own, but rarely find information about how they trade-off against each other.

Being too tired

There are two different types of feeling tired.

  1. The feeling you have as you're about to start an activity. Once you actually do it, your mood changes and you find you're glad you did it.
  2. The second kind persists throughout the activity itself. You find you struggle with pushing through more than five minutes of it. If you feel like this for weeks at a time, your habits are probably unsustainable.

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The 2 kinds of work :
  • 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.
  • Ego Depletion
    Ego Depletion

    Ego depletion happens when people use up their available willpower on one task.

    We all have natural urges, desires, and tendencies that demand attention. When we curb those ...

    Self Control

    People having a high level of self-control experience better relationships and have higher achievement levels. Lack of self-control is associated with social conflict and low-grade academic performance.

    Example: While following a diet regime, a person spends a lot of willpower the whole day trying to avoid junk food, but by the end of the day, all his mental energy has been exhausted, and there is no self-control left, resulting in snacking on unhealthy food.

    Causes of Ego Depletion

    Many emotional and physical factors contribute to ego depletion, like:

    • Emotional distress
    • Struggling to learn something new
    • Mental fatigue due to anxiety
    • Low levels of blood sugar
    • Too much choice
    • Conflicting beliefs and actions (cognitive dissonance)
    • Heart Rate
    • Hormonal imbalance
    • Being young and immature.

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    Start Your Mornings Right

    Mornings are mostly spent on auto pilot mode, leading to each day being a routine affair. Mornings can be lived intentionally, and are fundamental in changing our days, years and entire lives.

    ...
    Activities To Do
    • Writing a Journal: Writing acts like a mind emptier and one feels energized and ready to go.
    • Read your Yesterday Journal: It gives a fresh and clear perspective to what you did the previous day.
    • Set a Goal: Set a goal for yourself and try to follow it during the day.
    • Opening Windows: Let the fresh air inside, letting yourself be refreshed and receptive.
    Move
    • Exercise: Get yourself moving in the morning and bless your body with endorphins for the whole day. Going for a short walk also sets up the stage for the day, making you aware and energetic.
    • A Short Yoga session: Do some Surya Namaskars or Sun Salutation, and give yourself calm and balance, in just five minutes.
    • Spend time in the Garden: If possible, go to the garden or terrace and breathe in the fresh air, clearing your mind and your senses.

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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,...

    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.

    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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    Write A Stop-Doing List

    Remind yourself of items that don’t bring you joy, and contribute very little to your long-term goals.

    This way, you’re unlikely to spend a lot of time doing time-sucking, non-rewardin...

    Schedule Procrastination Breaks

    During this allotted break, give yourself permission to do time-wasting activities (social media scrolling included) until you got bored and want to move on to your next task. 

    Divide Your Day Into Themes

    And if your job isn’t ideal for focusing on one thing per day, you can dedicate your morning to one focus area, your early afternoon to another, and late afternoon to another.

    This way, instead of being overly restrictive about finishing a task in that time period, you have the flexibility to do any work that moves you forward in that particular focus area.

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    Diffuse the fear of being rejected

    ... by acknowledging and expecting it can and will hurt.

    To overcome the sting of rejection, stop trying to avoid feeling that stings. Stop pretending your unaffect...

    Interrupting rumination

    Make a contract with your partner, family, and friends allowing them to catch you in the throes of verbal diarrhea when you were unfairly treated.

    Work out three or four different activities that will distract you and turn your attention to something productive. 

    Regulate the number of rejection opportunities

     ... you expose yourself to.

    We all have a different threshold of the amount of rejection we can handle. Wisely considering how much more you can handle is essential. 

    Before you take another step forward, ask yourself if you have the right resources and support in place to catch you.

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    Personal Productivity Curves

    A lot of the internal things that affect our productivity are out of our control. Our energy, focus, and motivation follow their own path or “productivity curve” throughout the day. 

    Energy curves

    We’re naturally more energetic and motivated at specific times of the day. Researchers call this our Circadian Rhythm. Every person’s rhythm is slightly different, but the majority follow a similar pattern.

    • Waking up. Our energy levels start to naturally rise.
    • Around 10 am. We’ve hit our peak concentration levels that start to decline and dip between 1-3 pm.
    • Afternoon.  Our energy levels rise again until falling off again sometime between 9–11 pm.
    90 Minute Cycles

    We work best in natural cycles of 90-120 minute sessions before needing a break. When we need a break, our bodies send us signals, such as becoming hungry, sleepy, fidgeting, or losing focus.

    If you ignore these signs and think you can just work through them, your body uses your reserve stores of energy to keep up. It means releasing stress hormones to give an extra kick of energy.

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