Energy Hack: Schedule time for rituals that energize you

Takeaway: Think about which people and activities provide you with the most energy, and then schedule time for them.

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I’ve written before about how important it is to limit how much time you spend on the energy-sucking elements of your life, but I think it’s just as important to make room for people and rituals that energize you.

This topic almost seems too obvious to write about, but hardly anyone thinks about which people and activities provide them with the most energy, and then acts to make time for them.

There are likely people that provide you with an incredible amount of energy and motivation after you have a coffee with them. Or activities you do, like working out or meditating, that provide you with a solid reserve of energy throughout the day.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to identify the people and habits that give you the most energy:

  • Literally skim through your contact list on your phone and think of which people have provided you with the most energy after you had a coffee or lunch with them.
  • Look back through your calendar to see who you’ve met with. Which meetings gave you the most energy, motivation, happiness, and drive afterward?
  • Go the other direction: Which meetings have you felt the worst after? How can you get out of those commitments down the line?
  • Reflect on when you’ve had the most energy. What were you doing immediately beforehand? Were you working out? Meditating? Spending time with a loved one? Reading?

This is one of those ideas that seems painfully obvious in hindsight, that you might not think about because it’s so much easier to accept the commitments people throw at you. Scheduling time for rituals that energize you is one of my favorite ways to gain more energy and boost my productivity.

  • Tomas

    This reminds me of something that I was taught a few years ago – focus on what is directly within your control. Say you hate doing your taxes – you have no control in whether or not you have to submit them to the government, but what you can control is how much effort/energy you spend in doing them. You can control this by simply paying someone to do them.

    So in your situation, you can’t control that you may find some people/activities/etc are draining, but what you can control is how much time you spend with those people/activities/etc.

  • Tomas

    This reminds me of something that I was taught a few years ago – focus on what is directly within your control. Say you hate doing your taxes – you have no control in whether or not you have to submit them to the government, but what you can control is how much effort/energy you spend in doing them. You can control this by simply paying someone to do them.

    So in your situation, you can’t control that you may find some people/activities/etc are draining, but what you can control is how much time you spend with those people/activities/etc.

  • Chris, I definitely am making progress on this front. I used to do this but am much more conscious about the activities I’m doing now and the people I do them with. We have to actively protect our energy, our time and our sanity ! and be more conscious about who we spend time with and what we are doing with them. Life’s too short to be around people who demand much from us or deplete our energy. i think it was this strategy you described which helped me ultimately change professions:)

    • That’s incredible my friend! I couldn’t agree more. It’s so easy to run on autopilot and just take the commitments other people throw at you instead of actually pushing back, saying no, and taking on the stuff that you love,

  • Chris, I definitely am making progress on this front. I used to do this but am much more conscious about the activities I’m doing now and the people I do them with. We have to actively protect our energy, our time and our sanity ! and be more conscious about who we spend time with and what we are doing with them. Life’s too short to be around people who demand much from us or deplete our energy. i think it was this strategy you described which helped me ultimately change professions:)

    • That’s incredible my friend! I couldn’t agree more. It’s so easy to run on autopilot and just take the commitments other people throw at you instead of actually pushing back, saying no, and taking on the stuff that you love,

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