Life and Stuff: Energy management

energy-managementI am becoming increasingly aware of my energy levels; especially what makes me feel zingy and what makes me feel crap.

In the morning, I find it very hard to sit still so it’s a great time for coffee meetings and phone calls where I can prance around the office playing, ‘Grown-Ups Talking About Important Things’. I simply do not function without caffeine, a litre of water and breakfast so don’t get between me and the barista unless you want to walk with a limp for the rest of your life.

In the afternoon, I am much more settled. Give me your long, boring tasks. Send me your spreadsheets. I work much better when I have my iTunes on ‘shuffle’ and am left alone to mutter and masticate tooth whitening gum in privacy.

Come 6pm and I am ashamed to admit that I am dying for a glass of wine and a spot of aimless Words with Friends or Twitter.

7.30pm and I am good to go again. Let’s play! Let’s go out! Let’s have dinner! Tell me everything!

By 10pm, I want a shower, a cup of peppermint tea and a hug, followed by a doona and bedtime story.

So how does all this factor into a work schedule that demands I perform at all hours of the day and night? Well, I still manage to get the job done but if I can match the items on my neverending ‘To Do’ list with my natural biorhythms, the day flows better, I get more done and I am happier at the end of it.

Tell me, Precious Wonders, when do you feel bouncy? And when do you feel like a nice, long nap on a park bench with a box of goon?

5 comments on “Life and Stuff: Energy management

  1. I am not a morning person! Do not ask me stupid questions, do not bombard me with things to do, just leave me alone to wade through my emails and come about 10am I will probably be nice to you.

  2. Hi Em
    I get the most done in the mornings (not to say I am an early riser though). Around 2 – 4 is my worst time of the day. I could easily just take a nap around this time. By 5 pm I am ready to get back into work for a couple of hours.

  3. I’m pretty average in the mornings but pick up around 10.30am after my morning coffee. I’m good to talk to then but will start to fade and dull down around 10pm and slowly form into a mancoon ready for bed.

  4. I think I’m nocturnal. don’t wake up until 10am either, it doesn’t matter how many hours sleep I’ve had. I also always get a second wind at 10pm, not matter how tired I am. Creative writing (rather than work articles) must be done very early in the morning or late at night.

  5. Hey Em. This is awesome you’ve worked out your peaks and troughs. I’d love to understand a bit more about my body clock. My schedule is like a box of chocolates , you never know what you’re gonna get

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