Manage Energy, Not Just Time, to Improve Productivity

Marathon runners scarf down all the pasta and potatoes in sight when preparing for a race. Stuffing your face with carbs may not be the most effective way to run a project, but you should still have a strategy to maintain energy. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall shares tips that anyone can use to keep up their energy for the long, hard workdays.

Brain Ignition

Everything begins with getting enough sleep. I personally experience a huge difference in productivity when I get 7.5-8 hours of sleep compared to 6 hours. Find out how much sleep you need to do your best work, and rearrange your schedule accordingly. Hall also exercises daily as a habit, because he believes that getting the body going is a way to get the mind going. Another way to get both the body and mind going is to, yes, eat. But you want to eat more fruits and grains and fewer pastries, and you may want to space the eating out over the day in order to maintain steady metabolism.

Pretty much everyone knows someone who is just a black hole on energy and enthusiasm, a negative monster that casts a gray cloud into the smallest cubicles. If you want to protect your energy, simply keep away from these people whenever possible and replace them with encouraging people. And when at home, find activities that allow you to unwind from thinking about work. Pursue relaxing hobbies like cooking or crafting. And even more fundamentally than that, Hall says that you should seek out the activities that feel really meaningful:

Does your life have a purpose? What do you value in life? People who find activities that align with their personal values are energized by these activities. In recent years, I’ve had the privilege of working with college students at my church. I’ve also blogged and taught others about project management.

Lastly, if you want to nurture your brain without, you know, moving your body at all, just read a book. I hear books are good. You can view the original post here:

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