Maximizing Your Energy

15
Oct
2012


Welcome to Day 15 of 31 Days of Mom Mojo – Tackling Time Management.

Energy and persistence alter all things.  Benjamin Franklin

Just as electrical equipment functions best when receiving a solid surge of electricity, so do you.  In your case, the power you need is energy, which gives you stamina for the day and the ability to kick into high gear when necessary to deal with a problem or task.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that you have to be perky all day or go at full speed, but it is helpful when you do know your own body’s energy pattern. When you understand how your personal energy patterns ebb and flow, you can use that knowledge to support how you schedule tasks during your day.

Are you a night person, who works late but starts slow in the mornings?

Are you an early bird who can get up before dawn, exercise, and have breakfast on the table for the kiddos?

Or are you a mid-day person who starts slow, picks up speed then tapers off in the late afternoon?

These patterns relate to your natural energy flow also called biorhythms.  Some people actually chart these monthly and literally use them to make their schedule, work or travel commitments. You don’t have to get that involved in the process, don’t worry – I am not going to give you one more task to do!

You can easily observe yourself and note which hours are your prime working hours, the times when you can be highly productive with the least effort or tiredness. Just make a simple chart of the day either on graph paper or on a spreadsheet based graph. List your waking hours on the bottom and a high, medium, low rating along the side.

Then make an “X” for your energy level at each hour of the day. As you connect the dots, you’ll notice a pattern of energy highs and lows. Do this for several days and see how consistent the pattern is.

“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”    Tony Robbins

 

 Knowing your prime operating hours (early bird, midday, evening) is extremely helpful in how you schedule the complicated tasks in your day.  If you have a choice in scheduling the time to take your whole brood to the grocery store and you are a midday person, you’ll want to schedule that task for a time between 11am to 3pm.  You are far more apt to have energy, patience and the ability to ‘go with the flow’ than perhaps earlier in the morning or later in the evening.

During your off-peak energy times, schedule the mundane or mindless tasks that do not require a lot of thinking.  Household tasks generally fall into that category.  But if you are a homeschooler, make sure you are working within your optimal energy period!

After using this approach for a few weeks, you’ll be able to evaluate your days, how productive you were and if changing tasks to correlate to energy periods really made a difference.

I know that I am a morning person.  It is clearly best for me and my family that I schedule writing tasks for my business in the hours between 8-11.  If I have to work later in the day, it takes twice as long for me to write or do tedious tasks, which wastes precious time.

I also know my body and that by the end of the day I am tired – so I am hesitant to schedule big outings or events, unless I can be certain that I have time to rest and regroup during the day.  I have learned to be much kinder to myself and my body with my Lupus diagnosis – normally I would just push myself through the tough times, but now I try to work with my body instead of against it.  Don’t wait until you are forced to respect how your body naturally operates like I did!

Take the time to keep track of your energy level for the next week or so.  It will be interesting for you to determine your best times for working on more tedious or creative tasks.

Do you know your optimal energy time?

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  • http://www.ducksnarow.com Sinea

    Actually, I was just saying that I do well early in the morning and at night but if I have to start a project after noon, I’m running on low. Only recently I’ve accepted that it is OK to take a nap once in a while. Don’t want to make it an everyday thing but a nap can repower!

  • http://wholehearted-home.blogspot.com Judith

    I read your posts every day or so and ‘catch up’ when I miss. They are a blessing. Thank you!!

  • Danielle

    Late morning seems to be the best opportunity for me to do tasks requiring focused mental attention. (Or late night… but I’m working on replacing this habit because I don’t “bounce back” from really late nights like I used to!) I can do evenings if I take a quick nap late afternoon or evening – but I’m usually too drained to care as much about what’s on my to-do list once the kids are in bed. I’m more likely to leave tasks for the next morning & head to bed at a decent hour.

  • Hannah

    Just wanted to thank you for this outlook. I was under the impression that there were only two kinds of people: morning and evening. It is definitely a relief to know that some people(like myself) are mid-day people. And that’s okay.