Alright, I might not sing like Mick Jagger, but I did get your attention. Good thing you can’t hear me! If I could photo shop a picture of me with big lips I totally would!
We all strive for satisfaction, just as we do success and happiness. I’ve learned lately satisfaction can be increased when we feel productive and organized. Would you not agree?
I recently read an article on how energy management and productivity can boost your life satisfaction. It starts with time management… and in theory sounds good! I have always hated the term time management! Perhaps it’s because I have not always excelled in that particular area. Besides that, I am digging the new term energy management!
It means that regardless of whether we manage our time wisely, if we don’t know how to manage our levels of energy efficiently; we will fail either way. Basically stating there is more to productivity than just managing 24 hours a day efficiently. If this were the case, we would never feel overbooked, overwhelmed and under-productive. True be told, we do.
Here are just a few examples on helping you with your energy management:
1. Establish your “flow” times.
There is a certain time of day, when our energy and productivity is at its peak. For example, your “flow” time may be completely different from mine, but it is important that you learn it and organize tasks that you need to accomplish based on the level of energy that you have.
2. Save energy, rather than spending it.
One of the simplest ways to increase your levels of energy is to shift your mental focus inwards. We often ignore our own emotions, thoughts and well-being, while paying attention to everything that is going on around us. There are simply too many distractions (phone calls, email pop-ups, colorful adds, flashing lights, etc…) out there, fighting for our attention and draining our mental energy.
3. Focus on just one task at a time.
As much as it bothers me to admit it, the more stuff we accumulate on our to-do lists (ahhh cough cough… Kelly!…cough), the more frazzled and unproductive we tend to become. When we are trying to focus on several tasks at once, most of our energy goes on switching between these tasks, worrying and trying to decide what to do next. Focus your energy on just one task at a time and stick to it until you get it done. Just following this one tip is guaranteed to double your productivity.
Think, satisfaction! Think, energy management.
Have a good week!