What strategies I've used to do all the things I want to do, and feel energised and on top of the world, instead of drained and stressed.Download Podcast
How to manage your energy to increase productivity and avoid burnout
I was recently in the US for an industry conference and this is one of my tweets:
Many of us feel like our schedules are bursting at the seams and everybody wants a piece of us. Just keeping on top of things can feel like a challenge at times, never mind tackling the ambitious "someday" projects that will catapult us to success.
So how do you manage your energy to make sure you have enough to do all you want to do without running on empty? How do you replenish that energy to avoid burnout?
In this episode my co-host Julie asks "Managing your energy is easy, is it not? Can't you simply do less stuff?" Needless to say, that is not an option for me: I'm always excited to do more and live life to the full! That's why managing my energy is so crucial: if I want to do all the things I want to do, if I want to go all the places I want to go, I need to make sure I have the mental and physical energy to get there - and enjoy it when I get there.
And then of course there's the hectic day-to-day of the entrepreneur: I love it and wouldn't have it any other way, but it does require laser focus in order to manage priorities, be productive in the moment and spot future opportunities at the same time.
It starts with "Know thyself"... and thy schedule
In the podcast I share my own tips, those that have helped me be more productive and conserve or replenish energy. But they all stem from this one foundation: I know what works for me. When I talk about "mapping the energy to the task", it's because I have learned when I am at my most productive and what kinds of tasks or occupations require which energy levels.
Take the time to make the mental space
Very often when we feel we lack energy, what we mean is: we need some time off and we wish things would stop coming at us. Taking time off and regrouping is not the opposite of having energy: taking well-planned breaks is the essence of having energy. My systems, like "offloading" my thoughts and capturing ideas in Evernote, allow me to maintain mental sharpness longer by making sure I don't clutter my thought processes.
The support systems you need for heightened energy
In the podcast I also discuss the systems that sustain me: we know that, ideally, we need lots of sleep and exercise to feel energetic. But when getting all the sleep and exercise you need isn't possible, what do you do? I've had to find pragmatic solutions and put accountability and emotional support systems in place to push through specific challenges.
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Resources mentioned in the podcast:
Ciara Conlon, The Productivity Coach