After having introduced the concept of Energy Management in my last article, I would now like to talk about some practical applications. Just a quick recap: The term “Energy Management” refers to the idea that in order to be more productive, you need to make the best use of your mental and physical energy. This tops out all other productivity efforts, like finding your “purpose” or organizing your to-dos. Energy Manangement always has to come first.
Applying energy management to your life involves two steps:
- Maximizing your available energy
- Making use of your available energy in the smartest possible way
For this article, I am going to focus on the first step, how to maximize your available energy during the day. Basically, you want to make sure you have as much fuel in the tank as possible. Having this fuel will make a huge difference for your personal productivity as most people tend to operate with half a tank on a regular basis—so regularly, in fact, that they don’t even recognize it anymore and just assume that they are running on their base energy level.
One thing I’ve been pondering a lot recently is a concept I like to call “Energy Management.” In my opinion, it’s one of the most important aspects of productivity and habit building, if not the single most important. Energy management deals with one simple question: How do you use your available energy (mental and physical) to get the most out of your day?
Ironically enough, most traditional productivity systems only pay lip service to managing your energy.
The internet is the devil. Period. And yes, I do realize the inherent hypocrisy of writing a blog post about this topic. My having to publish in this way actually points to the core of the problem: On the one hand, the internet is simply the most awesome research and learning tool ever developed. Looking at the number of learning problems that I could resolve just by going online in such disparate areas as time management, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, healthy living, or pick up, I should be down on my knees thanking the gods of the interwebs for this virtually free pond of knowledge. However, on the other hand, the ease of finding things is exactly the problem: “Oh, I’ll just google the Wikipedia entry for XY. Cool.” Or “I wanted to listen to this song on YouTube.” Or “What’s new on Mark’s Daily Apple?” “What will the weather be like today?” The list of inane things I could spend my time doing goes on. And on. And on. And it NEVER fucking stops.