5 Tips on how to manage your energy levels
If you have the time and the tools to get work done but you are not getting it done, you are probably asking yourself why not? At least you should be! It is common for people to know what needs to be done, to want to get it done but to not be able to summon the energy to get it done. Like time, your energy is in limited supply. You can certainly increase your energy reserves but even then, you will have to learn to manage your energy levels.
Why you must manage your energy levels
Your energy levels can be your best friend and your biggest enemy. You may desperately want to get something done and, you may have the time and tools to get it done but if you do not have enough energy to do it, you are not going to get it done. That may make it sound lack you are at the mercy of the gods when it comes to getting your work done i.e. whether they give you the energy or not. Thankfully, this is not the case. In fact, there are 2 main things you can do to improve your chances of having the energy levels you need; when you need them:
- Work to increase your overall energy levels and,
- Manage your energy levels in a manner which ensure that you have the most energy for your most important tasks
Strategies to manage your energy levels
Here are some tips about how to manage your energy levels so that you’re ready for anything – any time.
1. Identify your most energetic periods
It may not surprise you to learn that your energy ebbs and flows during the day. You will have periods of high energy mixed with periods of lower energy. During the periods of low energy, your body and mind are recovering from your efforts to get your most difficult work done. The key to making the most of your energy levels is to schedule your easiest work for your periods of low energy so that you dedicate your periods of high energy to your most important and difficult tasks.
To do this, you need to track your energy levels so that you can identify the periods where you have high energy and the periods where you have low energy. Some people are more energetic in the mornings and others are night owls. By knowing which you are; you will already have a head start on determing when you have the most energy.
You can improve this by taking score of your energy levels throughout the working day. Every 15 minutes, you can score your energy levels between 0 (None) and 10 (full of energy). Use some graph paper with an X axis for energy level and a Y axis for the time. At the end of the day, you can join the dots and you will see a graph of how your energy levels fluctuated throughout the day. Do this for 2 weeks and you will have a reliable record of your energy levels.
2. Identify your energy drains
Be honest about this assessment. When you know which obstacles and situations keep you from being the best you can be, you can do what it takes to minimise them or eradicate them from your life.
Again, this is best done with a pen and paper. Every time you feel low on energy or you give yourself a low energy score, make a note of what you are doing at the time. Over time you will see some activities which consistently show up at times of low energy. You can then try removing these activities and monitor how things change.
Note: It is also possible that certain people drain you of your energy so always note who was around you when you were feeling low on energy.
3. When you do have energy is it negative or positive?
If you have lots of energy, but your output is all about negativity, you are likely in a constant reactive mode rather than a positive, active mode. In other words, if you are a reactionary, you are more likely to be under pressure and brimming with negativity. You are energised by fear, worry and concern. This energy is not very productive and it is dangerous to your health as it can lead to stress. Negative, but energetic people never seem to have enough time to get things done.
However, positive people work off a plan. They are not running from anything; they are striving towards their goals and vision. They are more optimistic, positive and carefree. This type of energy is more productive, less stressful and better for your health.
4. Set your goals
As mentioned above, those who are ambitious, driven and positive have a better type of energy which is more productive and healthier. It also brings about a better quality of life because they have proactively designed the life that they want and; on a daily basis, they are taking positive action to bring that life into being.
If you haven’t got goals to get you energised, check out Ultimate Guide to Goal Setting.
5. Be consistent
Whether you are dealing with people or tasks, the quality of your performance should not be dictated by your energy levels. When you are feeling energetic, you are more likely to be relaxed and confident and you deal with situations in a more positive light. If you are full of energy, you can be too carefree about difficult situations which doesn’t really help anyone.
When you are lacking energy, you tend to be more suspicious, worried, anxious and even angry. You are then more likely to react in a negative manner; even overreact.
Neither the quality of your work or your relationships, should suffer because of your energy levels. When difficult situations arise, you should take a step back and look at the situation objectively and; always seek the best solution. If you feel that your lack of energy may impede your ability to act consistently for the best; you may wish to defer any decisions.
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Thomas Leonard, a highly successful financial planner and business entrepreneur says that time is an illusion – “There’s no such thing as time management. There’s only activity management in the time we’re given.” While I would argue that activity management is an essential component of time management; I cannot argue with the importance Leonard places on the need to manage activities. To do this, you must manage your energy levels or you will find yourself wanting to do the right thing; but unable to get it done.