The above image represents what I think when people say you need to be energetic at work. Since I could not do this, I just gave up.
That was when I saw a video that YouTuber and productivity savior1, Matt D’Avella. The video is titled, “Why you’re so bad at managing time?” Do not be carried away by the title. It is an energy management video in the guise of a time management video.
Time Management was introduced by factories to make sure that workers worked like clockwork in the factory. Although many people work in factories today, many of us today are knowledge workers.
As I have said before in this blog, I do knowledge work. So, this is something that I want to try.
Matt says energy management works better than time management. He gives a few suggestions on how to work better as per your energy.
Find your peak performance period:
Matt says that everyone has a peak performance period. A time when they have the most energy. He suggests using a notebook or an app to track your energy daily. One can then identify their peak performance period. This time can change or stay the same.
Find how much energy your task requires:
This is also an estimation. Your estimation. How much energy do you need to do something. Split your tasks into high energy and low energy tasks.
Refill your cup:
Matt says, “rest is productive”. We should take rest before we get tired and not after we get tired.
Make flexible to-do lists:
The to-do list is where this energy management comes into action. Do tasks that take most energy during your high energy period. Do the low energy tasks when you feel low.
Don’t be hard on yourself when things don’t work out. Remember that you are not perfect.
Matt reminds us, “We may all have 24 hours in a day but they are not the same 24 hours.” We are asked rhetorically how we compare to achievers like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk who have the same 24 hours we do. But, the difference is that they probably do not have to do their own laundry. They probably outsource these tasks unlike us.
1 Matt does a lovey ad for Squarespace where he creates a website for a cult of his own called Productivity Savior. He creates a website for the same using Squarespace called productivitysavior.com. I appreciate the amount of work he puts into his videos. Whois shows that someone has registered the URL.