3 Steps to Align Your Energy
Lisa Crilley Mallis, owner System Savvy Consulting
When are you most on top of your mentally challenging tasks? Is your creativity used up by 4:00? Or is that when you’re just getting going?
We often base completing our to-do list on the order of importance. Sometimes we schedule based on the amount of time available – lengthy tasks fit into big blocks of time; short tasks fit into small blocks of time.
But how often do we schedule our tasks based on what our energy is like at certain times of the day? Tasks that require large amounts of concentration can be scheduled during the time of day that you feel most alert. Meetings focused around brainstorming can be scheduled when you have a little lower energy – as the excitement of others in the room will tend to energize you. Tasks that require minimal focus can be scheduled during the time your energy is the lowest.
How can you begin to align your task with your available energy? Follow these three simple steps:
AWARENESS – Track your energy levels for the next week. Set a timer to go off throughout the day and make a note of how you feel at regular intervals. Is your concentration level high? Can you focus easily? Are you feeling sluggish? Try to ignore what you think you know – just because you “weren’t a morning person” doesn’t mean you still aren’t. Try this exercise with an open mind. Also, make note of how much energy and focus the various tasks on your to-do list need.
WORK – After tracking your energy levels for a week, draw some conclusions. What pockets of time during the day do you feel the most effective? The least effective? I do my best writing in the early morning. Yet, I find mornings are a terrible time for meetings. I’ve figured out that I’m more effective in the morning with solitary, thinking activities than group thinking activities. Once you have an understanding of your preferences, schedule your tasks based on your conclusions.
EVALUATION – At the end of the week evaluate your progress. What’s different now? What else is possible? What changes do you want to continue to make in the future? It’s important to realize that some of your schedule is already set – so it may take a few weeks to move things around to fit your preferences.
Try these 3 steps of A.W.E. to align your task list with your energy levels. Track your progress and watch your productivity increase!
Lisa Crilley Mallis, time strategy visionary, combines her experience in education and coaching with her love of schedules, systems, and time management to create personalized and easy to implement solutions. Every person deserves the opportunity to live the life of their dreams feeling in control and bringing balance into their lives. The crazy, “I’m so busy” feeling does not have to be way of life. You can live a life where every day is productive, rewarding, and fun!
Lisa is also the author of Your Time. Your Life: The Busy Woman’s Guide to Simplify Your Day and 30 Days to Success: An A.W.E. Inspired Journal.
She lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with her husband Lou and his dog, Neuton. She loves chocolate, the beach, and country music. Contact Lisa at Lisa@SystemSavvyConsulting.com