Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time
If you’ve ever sat at your office feeling too tired to get anything done, this article is for you.
When you’re working on creative tasks, people often lack the energy they need to be effective more than the time. We all have those times when we’re feeling lackluster and those times where we’re ready to kick butt; I know I can be ten times more productive when I’m hyped than when I feel a little drowsy. If you have the flexibility of choosing when you want to work, you should think about taking advantage of these energy cycles.
For example, I’m not a morning person. I’m usually most energetic in the mid-afternoon. I generally try to set up my day to take advantage of this. In the morning, I’ll take care of easier tasks like writing emails or running errands. Then when I’m at my most productive, in the mid-afternoon, I’ll set aside a block of time to work on problems that take more concentration. This is a lot easier if you’ve been able to organize things so that you can choose when you want to work.
Planning your work around your energy is one thing, but there are also things you you can do to increase your energy levels. Many people rely on caffeine to wake them up. I find this helps me in doing repetitive tasks, but it makes it harder for me to think creatively. Doing some exercise is a great way to get the blood flowing through the body and brain. Eating a light, nutritious lunch is also great. See what works for you by experimenting.