Part 3 — Energy

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Energy is the fuel that we burn over the course of the day to get work done, and how much energy we have can make or break our productivity.

Part of cultivating our energy levels involves doing the simple things, like eating properly, and getting enough sleep and exercise. But there are other curious, and often counterintuitive ways we can better manage our energy levels throughout the day—like by drinking caffeine strategically; working around our peak energy times; and taming negative self-talk.

Drawing from the latest research, this third and final part of the workshop will change how you look at your energy and productivity.

For questions, or to book this workshop for your team, please email chris@alifeofproductivity.com.

 

What’s Covered

1. Eating, Sleeping, and Exercising Your Way to Productivity: These factors affect our energy levels, and our productivity, more than we realize. This is common sense, of course, but common sense isn’t always common action.

2. Drinking Caffeine Strategically: Drinking alcohol is a way of borrowing happiness and energy from tomorrow. In a similar way, since we invariably crash after consuming caffeine, drinking caffeine is a way of borrowing energy from later in the day. This is often worth the cost, but also makes it important that we drink caffeine strategically, instead of habitually, so we can use the energy boost wisely.

3. Working In Prime Time: Our energy levels throughout the day are not constant—as an example, a night owl has more energy late at night, while an early riser has more in the morning. This part of the workshop guides you through determining your peak energy times of the day, and doing your most important and meaningful work when you have the most energy, instead of when it’s convenient.

4. Forming Habits: It’s one thing to talk about how food, sleep, exercise, and what you drink contributes to or detracts from your productivity, and it’s a whole other thing to change these habits. This segment guides you through changing your existing habits, and adopting new ones—pulling heavily from the latest neuroscience on habit formation (without making things too boring, of course).

5. The Time Cost: Forming habits to cultivate how much energy we have every day takes time—for example, for every 30 minutes extra sleep or exercise we get, we’re not able to work during that time, or spend it how we choose. This segment explains why that cost is almost always worth it.

6. Taming Self-Talk: More than any other segment of this workshop, I’m told this one is the most enlightening. I won’t spoil it here!

For questions, or to book this workshop for your team, please email chris@alifeofproductivity.com.

 

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