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Time Management Is a Waste of Time!
The basic premise of time management is sound -- arrange your schedule so you can effectively and efficiently reach your goals (which can be personal, professional or both). But all the calendars, to-do lists and bullet journals are useless if you are too fatigued to accomplish the tasks on those lists. Instead of focusing on managing your time, think about how you can manage your energy. Consider these six ways to gain more energy. Some of them will take time out of your schedule but the energy they give back will help you achieve more in the time you do have, and do so in a way that is sustainable for the long term.

Get enough sleep. The science on sleep is pretty solid. Not surprisingly, sleep has a profound effect on your energy. If you are often sick and irritable and you are getting fewer than 7 hours of sleep a night, try getting more.

Maintain an exercise routine. After sleep, exercise is the best thing you can do to increase your energy level. If you are just getting started, begin with short workouts to figure out what types of routines give you the most energy. And, while you’re at it, be sure to drink plenty of water and eat healthy. It’s amazing how often just a glass of water does the trick!

Turn off your phone. If you want to use evening or weekend time to catch up on work, do so deliberately and mindfully. If not, keep the phone off until the next day. Do that for a few days and see how it changes your energy level.

Set ambitious but realistic goals. Having a goal that you are working toward will energize you but only if you think carefully about the goals you set. Choosing goals that are a bit of a stretch will give you the most energy. Make sure you break big goals into smaller chunks to help you maintain momentum.

Figure out which activities energize you. For a week keep an “energy” diary and make a note of what you are doing and how you feel both during and after the activity. Where possible, you can try and “trade” tasks that you find unpleasant with a colleague or family member. And it is always worth asking if the task must be done -- you might be surprised how much the world doesn’t notice.

Arrange your schedule to suit your energy levels. Few of us have perfect control over every aspect of our schedules. If you have children in school, for example, you need to get them there, and maybe pick them up, at set times. But focus on where you do have control and arrange your day’s activities to take advantage of times of natural high and low energy.

Adapted from a blog by Tami Forman on Forbes.com.

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