It took me a long time to realise this but productivity is really management of energy. Most people would think that being productive is simply getting things done off your to do list. However it’s not that simple.
Let me explain.
Why is that some people seem to be more productive than others? They are exposed to the same productivity tools and information yet there’s the crowd of people who seem to just get the most important things done with ease?
There was a study one done on corporate executives of fortune 500 companies. After much research, they found a common pattern amongst the ones who were more productive amongst the rest. The ones who took care of their health and made fitness a priority seemed to have the most effect on their business.
Another study suggested that a business is not some sort of external entity. It’s made up of people. If you own a business and you’re a one man show, then the business success depends entirely on you. If you’re not productive, quick with business decisions, fast with implementation and of course, high in energy, then the business will fail no matter what business model you’re in.
Therefore, in order to be more productive and complete a certain objective, you must manage your energy.
I’m always amazed on how people who exercise regularly and take care of their mental and emotional states have the most energy amongst the rest. These people seem to always be energetic, alive and still going till the end of the day.
While the ones who are always eating junk food, no exercise, negative and lacking sleep, drop off at 10am and struggle throughout the rest of the day.
As a result of all this, I’ve concluded that the ultimate productivity hack is to manage your energy. You really have to learn how to increase your energy levels and also maintain them. Everything you do requires your energy and if you don’t have it, you can’t get it done.
Of course, everyone knows that by eating healthy and regular exercise is the pathway to more energy. It’s the ones who actually do it benefit the most.
The way I look at it is picture a battery fully charged at the start of the day. Throughout the day, this battery draws energy and eventually runs on empty until you recharge. There are so many things that drain our energy. Work, people, distractions, social media, news, reading, the internet and more.
Even when you eat a large meal, your digestive system takes about 20% of your energy stores to process it. This was a big trick I learned and that to not consume huge amounts of food for it takes away your energy. If you eat small portions, you maintain your energy levels and have more left over.
Another trick to managing your energy is to simply cut things out of your life. Delete those apps, get rid of things you no longer need, stop hanging out with energy vampires, stop projects that no longer interest you and hang out positive energetic people.
You’ll be surprised how much energy you have at the end of the day. As a result of this excess energy, you’ll get more done and ultimately earn more and feel better about yourself too.
Stay Strong and Be Relentless.