Have you ever thought about how you structure your day vs. how you should structure your day? A leading question, I know, asked to generate some thoughts. We actually all have a “prime” time or “golden” time during the day when we feel great. It is during this time that we should schedule our most important tasks. This is referred to as our energy cycle.
An energy cycle is how your body functions throughout the day. You need to take note of when you feel good, when you feel tired, when you are just chugging along.
Ask questions such as are you an early bird or a night owl? Listen to what your body is telling you.
It is not always possible to have control over all your tasks or when they need to be completed. However, any tasks that you have control over when you can schedule it then stop and think when is the most appropriate time to place it into your schedule.
When your energy is feeling good you should focus on:
- Important tasks
- Critical decisions
- Complex issues
- Or any areas you have been procrastinating
Rather than arrive at work, organise your day, say hello to work colleagues, get a hot drink then check emails as a warm up exercise. Try and put your two most important projects for the day into the first two hours of your work day.
You will find that you get a lot more done.
Let’s chart your energy levels:
- Grab a piece of paper and draw a big “L” for a graph with a vertical and horizontal axis [or download from http://www.lifestylerefocus.com.au/free-resources
- Mark the vertical axis “0” to “5” to represent your energy level; 0 – representing low 5 – representing feeling terrific
- Mark the horizontal axis with your work hours, in one hour increments. You can actually begin this from the time you wake up of a morning.
- When you arrive at work in the morning, draw a dot where energy intersects with time to indicate how you feel in terms of your energy level.
- As the day progresses, draw a series of dots horizontally to show how your energy highs and lows.
- Then connect the dots and analyse your line chart.
- It’s recommended you do this for a week to get an average as we can vary daily depending on our sleep, wellness and other factors.
- Great night’s sleep, energy level high, ready to get working, happy = 5
- Poor night’s sleep, feeling flat, yawning, bored = 1
You can download a copy of the energy cycle template from our website www.lifestylerefocus.com.au/free-resources
Thank you and I look forward to sharing more tips, strategies and skills to support you to be more organised so that you too can create a better life.
“Be an inspiration to yourself and
you will be an inspiration to others.”