Sometimes, I find it difficult to manage my time & energy to be more productive.
I am sure you can definitely relate to me.
And, this has been a constant struggle since I shut my startup, Fromahome, back in 2017.
In order to help myself better manage my time and energy, I use a couple of tools.
One such tool is “The Time Usage” spreadsheet as you can see in the image below.
I learned this in 2018, from other consultants, and I have been using this for a year and it’s been helpful, and I hope it will benefit you as well.
The tool consists of what I can consider as an “Ideal Day” and the “Actual Day”
As you can see in the image, I’ve broken down my ideal day into 4 blocks of time.
The first block is from 5AM to 9AM during which I aim to work on creative projects.
The second block is from 10.30AM to 2.30PM for needle mover-1.
The third block is from 3PM to 6PM for needle mover-2.
And, the fourth block is from 8PM to 10PM for admin, email works, etc.
Now, do I follow the schedule to a T?
I aim to adhere to my “Ideal Day” schedule.
But, I can’t always achieve the ideal day.
Sometimes, things get in the way.
Sometimes, I adhere to it.
And most of the time, I don’t.
However, It gives me a clear idea of what I should be doing at any given time, and that helps me brings the attention back to what’s important, whenever I drift away, like this post that I’m writing now.
So, if you are someone who’s been finding it difficult to manage your energy during the waking hours, then I’d suggest start using this tool.
On this bhogi, I’m sure this simple tool will help you effectively manage your energy so you get the time to discard your old habits and instill new ones that bring transformation and change.
Here is the link for the tool
Download it, use it and let me know if it helped you after a few weeks in the comments below.
Vinodh Subramanian is a systems engineer that’s passionate about solving real problems for real people using technology, innovation & systems thinking.
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