Friday, February 10, 2012

Intro to Energy Management

The initial parts of this article are here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, & Part 4.

What can you write on your blog just 5 minutes before midnight, when you have been up since 6am? I'm an early morning person, and usually my energy levels are pretty low in the late evening hours. But tonight seems to be a little more tiring, because I had fewer hours of sleep last night. This challenge of writing a post daily is being pretty difficult to sustain! It's not that I don't have topics to write about. However, the disruption of routine following the Ph.D. defense has surely taken a toll.

Writing on any topic, even if for a blog, takes some time investment. You have to sit, contemplate on the subject you want to write, get into the writing mode, and finally write. At least, that's how it works for me. But when your energy levels are not high, it's pretty difficult to concentrate. I won't deny that a few of my last posts were written when I was in such a state of exhaustion that it took Herculean effort to just keep my eyes open, let alone type a 500 words blog post. Thankfully, when I looked at the posts back in the morning, it didn't seem as horrible as I had imagined, though the posts were nothing exceptional either. However, I'm not sure the result would be that pleasing tomorrow morning. But what else can you do now, but to try to type whatever sense you can make while being in a state of stupor?

Anyway, this brings forth the point of energy management. Time management seems to be what most executives and self-help gurus talk about, but as I am going through my 30-day challenges, I am realizing more strongly than ever that energy management is much more important than time management. Our energy levels are never the same during the day. We all have our peaks and troughs. So, it is imperative to work based on our energy cycles. I am realizing how important it is to make the optimum use of the time when when one's energy and alertness levels are very high. This is definitely a lesson more for me than for anyone else, as I struggle to keep myself up to finish this post.

To be continued ... when I am more awake

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