There’s not a lack of emphasis on time management in recent years. Some created courses around this, while most self-help books would tell you to learn the art of time management. They’ll give you different suggestions about how to fix your calendar, depending on what type of person you are. While these suggestions are good, time management often falls short. There are occasions when time management gives you an illusion that you have more time leaving you feeling more burnt out, drained and unmotivated to do anything. With that, let me give you a better suggestion that works well with and beyond time management: energy management.
Energy management is another level of time management where you identify your most productive times and manage your work around those. That way, you won’t have to push yourself too much during your time in the valley while consequently allowing you to rest and recharge.
To practise energy management, you have to keep track of your most productive hours in a day. Schedule your priorities around those times. Whenever you feel unmotivated, pick up an activity that will leave you feeling refreshed. This could include mindful breathing, watching motivational videos, or taking a walk. Also, make sure to avoid energy drainers such as negative self-talk or conversations and mindless work. If you have tasks that burn you out, schedule them at the end of your work hours as much as possible. Remember to allow time for your hobbies and get a restful night’s sleep every day.
As leaders, we need to do more and excel without sacrificing our well-being. So, consider energy management and go beyond time management. Then, empower your teams to do the same and get ready to see you and your team more productive than ever.