Why You Should Manage Your Energy - Not Your Time
Office Chairs UK, 04/05/2017
Managing your time can be really difficult in a professional environment and it often seems like there are not enough hours in the day. You might try to manage the time you have in a day by squeezing loads of tasks into a short space of time in the hope you will get all of it done. But if you still can’t manage to complete your to-do list, then you might be approaching these tasks wrong in the first place. You should consider managing your energy rather than the time that you have, in order to become more efficient in the workplace. Our blog gives you some advice on how to manage your energy more effectively so that you can finally get things done.
Don’t Burn Out
The first aspect of managing your energy is realising how big a task is. Many people underestimate how much time and energy a task will actually take and because of this, they can often burn out before they complete the task. This is also why certain tasks get postponed and pushed back in your diary. When you underestimate a task, you will end up putting off other work in order to finish it. An easy way to avoid doing this is to give yourself more time than you think you will need.
It also takes time and energy to brainstorm and come up with ideas, so if you haven’t done this before approaching the task, you will need to use a lot of energy to get this done. It can often be useful to set aside time just for planning and attempting the task at a later date. This way you are not using all of your energy on the one task.
Teamwork is, of course, important in any workplace, but you should make a conscious effort to share your workload. This can be particularly useful in the planning phase for things like brainstorming, but it can also be useful when tackling the actual task. By sharing your workload with others you are helping to conserve energy so that you still have energy when it comes to completing the other tasks. You should also help your colleagues with their workload too. This might seem counterproductive but it can often energise you and help you to motivate yourself into completing your own work. Jumping into a different task for a while and helping someone else can also help to clear your mind and refocus your efforts.
Take a Break
If you are constantly managing your time, you might be minimising the number of breaks you take throughout the day. Having a working lunch is common in many workplaces but is not good for your energy levels. Taking a break from work is important and you should make sure you are not working yourself too hard. If you don’t take proper breaks from your work then you will often run out of energy and find it difficult to complete tasks. Set aside time out from work where you move away from your desk and truly take a break. This should always happen during lunch but you should also give yourself some other breaks throughout the day. This can help you to rejuvenate energy for the rest of the day.
An important element of having enough energy in the workplace is to make sure you are comfortable in your working environment. If you are constantly uncomfortable then you will not have enough energy to work through the day. Making sure that you have a good ergonomic desk chair is important to make sure you are comfortable. Being uncomfortable can often affect your mood and can drain the energy from you as you fidget at your desk. If you are looking for the perfect office furniture, we have a range of desk chairs available online.