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Time management might seem like the right solution to achieving success, but all the time in the world doesn't matter if you're too exhausted to do anything with it. Find out how to manage your energy so you can maximize your use of time.

Key Points:

  • Energy is the feeling of capability we have. Goals, dreams, and fulfillment give us motivational energy. Trust, friendship, and family give us emtional energy. Mindfulness, experiences, and knowledge give us intellectual energy. Sleep, recovery, and exercise give us physical energy.
  • Our bodies are designed to move, and studies show that when we regularly exercise, we think better.
  • Despite the normal work day many of us follow, our bodies are not designed to work for eight hours straight. We need to take breaks every hour. If you do manual labor, stop to think. If you do intellectual labor, stop and take a walk or do some squats!
  • Sleep is the absolute minimum you owe your body every day. When you sleep, your body recovers so you can get things done the next day.

Quote This:

And what is a man without energy? Nothing – nothing at all. –Mark Twain

See Also: Health, Success, Time Management

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What is the difference between time management and energy management? Why is understanding this difference so crucial?
  3. Do you think you are better at managing your time or better at managing your energy? Explain.
  4. This topic lists four types of energy: motivational, emotional, intellectual, and physical. Which do you think you are best at managing? Which needs some work? Explain.
  5. What practical steps could you take to increase your motivational energy level?
  6. What practical steps could you take to increase your emotional energy level?
  7. What practical steps could you take to increase your intellectual energy level?
  8. What are your eating habits? Are they helping or hurting your energy level? Explain.
  9. How much sleep do you get on average? Do you think it is enough sleep, or do you often wake up tired? What changes do you need to make to improve your sleep?
  10. What can you do to engage in “active recovery”? Explain.
  11. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

This topic is adapted from the Welltory YouTube channel.