An apple a day? Do you energize daily or just go with the flow? Are you conscious of how you spend your time?
Not everyone makes their own schedule, especially as it relates to workloads on the job, but have you considered what you do and when?
I’m a morning person. Not everyone is, but I happen to be. I’ve also used it to my advantage across my career.
I could force myself to stay in bed and wait on the rest of the world to get up, but what would I be missing?
A better life I believe.
Most people can adapt to one way or another. People who work third shift for years have a tendency to want to stick with the program.
What about you? Have you adjusted your biorhythms to adapt or are you more leaning towards what seems to come naturally?
There are certain things I feel you have to do so that you get the most of your day.
For example, much of my college experience was as a non-traditional student. In order to keep doing some of what I wanted, I needed to get up at 6:00 AM on weekends to study. It worked for me. That way around 10:00 AM I could actually do somethings that I really wanted to do. Discipline and persistence got me through it.
When are your batteries fully charged?
When it comes to your work or your career how are you working? Are you taking advantage of when you have the most physical energy versus when you have the most mental energy? Are they at the same time or at different times?
The same is true for when you exercise, do household chores, or shop for groceries. It might also be true for when you pay the bills, chat with friends, or catch up with social media.
Gaining high-efficiency and effectiveness comes with being strategic about managing your time.
If you really need to concentrate or brainstorm, considering doing it when you have the most mental energy. If you need to do something physical, try to schedule it when you have the most physical energy.
For your life, or in your job, are you taking care of your energy?
Life energy is like a battery. It works best when its fully charged.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.