More and more, people are writing about energy management and priority management and less about time management. The reason being is that the way most of us are working may be productive of efficient in the short term, it is usually detrimental to our long-term health and productivity.
I have been reading The One Thing and Gary Keller talks about a simple rhythm for the day that helped him become healthier and more productive. What he is saying has been said by others in different ways, but the core elements are much the same. Following is a slightly edited version of what he calls “The Highly Productive Person’s Daily Energy Plan”:
- Start your day with prayer
- Eat right and ensure you start your day with a healthy breakfast
- Get 7 -8 hours a sleep every night
- Exercise 5 – 6 days a week (just 20 – 30 minutes a day will be life changing!)
- Hug, kiss, and laugh with your loved ones
- Set your goals, plan, and calendar for the day
- Make sure you time block for your most important priority – what he calls the ONE Thing.
Most of this is not new, but I like the way in which he handles the subject. The challenge is that while we know what we should be doing, we aren’t. So, develop the desire, discipline yourself to incorporate healthy habits into your daily life (one thing at a time, you can’t do it all at once!!), and after you start seeing some small wins you will start feeling the motivation to continue. Remember, in this case, motivation follows action!