Energy Management or Time Management, Do We Need Both?

One of the most self-fought battles we experience daily is being able to balance our energy and time, a lot of it has to do with self-discipline and management. If you want to be able to conquer the challenge of managing energy and time we must dive into understanding the difference.

Energy Management is a concept that has been gaining traction in recent years as people look for ways to increase productivity and reduce burnout. It focuses on using our physical, emotional, and mental resources in the most effective way possible. One of the most significant advantages of energy management is that it takes into account the fact that we have different levels of energy throughout the day. For example; 

  • In the morning we tend to have more energy, making it a great time for tackling challenging tasks. It might be tempting to spend hours scrolling through social media, but this is unlikely to be as important or as energy-intensive as completing a project for work.
  • While in the afternoon most people experience a natural dip in energy, making it a less productive time for work. Use this time for activities that require less mental effort, such as stretching or taking a walk.

By understanding our energy levels, we can use them to our advantage and make the most of each day as it helps us to prioritize our activities based on their importance and the level of energy required. This means that we can focus our energy on the most important tasks and avoid wasting it on less important ones.

Time Management focuses on using our time efficiently by organizing and planning how to divide our time between different activities throughout the day. The main obstacle in being able to achieve time management is distractions, which is why it is important to take steps to keep up or maintain good time management;

  • Make a To-Do List. Writing down what you need to complete in a day helps in keeping track and gives a sense of accomplishment which will help motivate you to finish other tasks.
  • Make a Time Chart. Allocating several minutes or hours to tasks helps you know what is doable and what needs to be moved to a different time or day, this helps keep you in check.
  • Set a Reminder. Having a list and time chart is great but nothing beats a good reminder to help you avoid distractions. Setting reminders and alarms helps in applying and sticking to your schedule.

Managing our energy is as crucial as managing our time because our energy levels determine the quality of our work and the time we have available to us. When we have high energy levels, we can work efficiently and achieve more in a shorter amount of time while on the other hand, when our energy is low, even with ample time, we may struggle to complete tasks effectively and efficiently. In addition to improving our productivity, energy management also has a positive impact on our mental, physical, and emotional well-being, which ultimately leads to a more fulfilling and satisfying life. 

If you want help on how you can manage your energy, simply look up a wellness coach near you. Remember, there is no better investment than the one you make on yourself! 

Francis O'Palick 13/03/2023

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