Embracing Energy Management for Optimal Time Management

In the fast-paced world we live in, time management has become a crucial skill to make sense of it all and feel good about our days.

However, amidst the constant hustle and bustle, we often overlook an essential aspect of our lives: energy management. In a recent presentation on energy management and time management, I had the opportunity to share some profound insights with a group. One particular idea that resonated deeply with them was the notion that, at the end of the day, we are simply animals. I wanted to explore that more here and look into the significance of energy management, the importance of taking care of our fundamental needs, and how embracing our animal nature can enhance our productivity and overall well-being.

Acknowledging Our Animalness

When we acknowledge that we are, in essence, animals, it helps us gain a better understanding of our fundamental needs. As glorified and intelligent animals, we require sleep, nourishment, and connection with others. These aspects serve as the foundation for our well-being and productivity. Neglecting these needs can significantly impact our ability to perform at our best and accomplish our goals. Just like we would take care of our pets or someone else’s pet, we must extend the same level of care and support to ourselves.

I think that energy management should be viewed as an important part of both life management and time management. To make the most of our days, years, and lives, we must prioritise our energy levels. It’s not realistic to expect peak performance when we are running on empty, feeling exhausted, or neglecting our basic needs. What I see again and again is that by recognising the importance of energy management, we can optimise our time and productivity.

The Impact of Energy on Work

As human beings, when we are tired, depleted, or undernourished, our ability to work efficiently and effectively diminishes. The amount of research available that clearly shows how challenging it becomes to focus, think clearly, and sustain high levels of productivity is hard to argue with. It’s a no brainer (pardon my pun) to prioritise self-care and ensure that we are well-rested, well-fed, and properly hydrated. Taking care of our physical and mental well-being provides a solid foundation upon which we can build our professional endeavours.

Incorporating energy management into our daily routines is key to maintaining our overall well-being. Here are a few practical tips to help you embrace energy management:

Prioritise Sleep: Make sleep a non-negotiable part of your routine. Aim for a consistent sleep schedule and create a conducive environment for quality rest.

Nourish Your Body: Fuel yourself with nutritious meals and drink enough water. Avoid skipping meals or relying on unhealthy snacks to sustain your energy levels. A friend recently put me on to snacking on raw broccoli and I’m loving it!

Keep Up the Connections: Engage in meaningful interactions with loved ones and colleagues. Human connection provides emotional nourishment and can rejuvenate our spirits.

Take Breaks: Incorporate short breaks throughout your day to recharge. Stepping away from work and engaging in activities you enjoy can enhance your focus and productivity when you return.

Practice Mindfulness: Incorporate mindfulness exercises, such as meditation, deep breathing, or tapping, to manage stress and enhance overall well-being.

Needing Support

What I see is that in our pursuit of productivity, we often overlook the importance of energy management. Recognising that we are at the end of the day, animals with fundamental needs, is a powerful reminder to prioritise self-care and ensure our energy levels are optimised. By taking care of our physical, mental, and emotional well-being, we set the stage for increased productivity, fulfilment, and success. 

So, the next time you find yourself having a rough day, remember that you are an animal in need of support. What would you do for little Coco or Fluffy there? Treat yourself with the same care and compassion you would extend to a beloved pet. Embrace energy management as a vital component of your time management strategy and watch how it transforms your life for the better.

If you need a helpful guide to eliminate overwhelm, book a quick call with me and let’s have a chat about what that might look like.

Talk soon,


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