Time Management vs Energy Management - Which is More Important?
Many of us are all too aware of time management. It seems that there just aren’t enough hours in the day and, as such, we feel the considerable need to make the most of the time we have.
There’s nothing wrong with that in theory. It’s commendable to want to make the most from our day and to achieve as much as possible.
The issue, however, is that in many cases, we overlook something that is arguably even more important: energy management.
You Don’t Have Enough Time… Really?
Many of us feel as though we’d like to have more time in the day and that we could accomplish a whole lot more if we did.
What would you do with an extra ten minutes?
• Maybe you’d start a home business.
• Maybe you’d work out and get into incredible shape.
• Maybe you’d just keep the kitchen tidy.
But you probably already have all the time you need.
Think back to the week you had. Was there any point at which you weren’t being 100% productive?
• Maybe it was when you were flicking through Facebook.
• Maybe it was when you watched that 20-minute YouTube video that you really didn’t need to watch.
• Or maybe it was when you binged on four episodes of Game Of Thrones back-to-back.
In other words, you had plenty of time, but you just didn’t make the most of it. And most of us are like this.
And why didn’t you make the most of it? Simple: because you ran out of energy.
Everyone knows that time is limited, but they forget that energy is limited too.
Energy is Finite
This belief that we can do as much as we want to, as long as we can fit it into our day, is responsible for a lot of unfulfilled goals and ambitions.
Consider how many people plot a new training program. Often, they will start out by identifying they want to get into better shape (so far so good).
Next, they decide they are going to follow a training program that consists of 5 workouts a week, each lasting about an hour (oh dear). What’s more, is that they do this while eating less.
The reason they were probably out of shape is that they didn’t have the energy to commit to being more active in the first place. Being stressed and tired likewise caused them to want to eat more things that weren’t conducive to weight loss.
So now, they intend to go from that, to adding four hours (7 if you add driving to the gym, showering, and more) of exertion, while having less energy in the form of food to help power them through it!
Geez, why do you think that doesn’t work?
The solution is to recognize this finite nature of energy and to realize that you need to dedicate some of your time to resting and recovering.
Just because you have the time to do something, doesn’t mean you’ll be able to do it.
So, if you want to start a new training regimen, then what does this mean? It means that you need to first stop doing something else.
That could mean finding ways to make other tasks less time-consuming or stressful, such as getting a ride to work instead of commuting on a crowded train, for instance.
And if you want to be more productive and get through more of your to-do list at work, what do you do?
The answer is to ensure that you’re better rested, take regular breaks, and eat for energy. Keep your energy management in mind as you tackle your task list.
Energy management is just as important as time management - and more relevant. Don’t ignore it!
A Beginner’s Guide to the 80/20 Rule
The 80/20 rule (officially called the Pareto Principle) is a general rule that states that 80% of all effects come from around 20% of the causes. The idea behind this rule is that it can be applied to basically any field.
In business, the Pareto Principle states that 80% of all your profit is going to come from 20% of your products. It also means that 80% of all work is done by 20% of your employees.
It can apply to basically any field that you can think of, including sports, math, healthcare, and fitness.
In this article, we are going to look at how the 80/20 rule can be applied in various fields to give you a better understanding of the principle as a whole.
The 80/20 rule can definitely be seen in healthcare. As a general rule of thumb, 80% of all healthcare resources will go to helping 20% of all patients.
Those 20% of patients are typically the elderly or those with persistent health issues who need round-the-clock care.
In sports where analytics are king, the 80/20 rule dictates that roughly 80% of a team’s wins will be due to around 20% of their players.
A baseball analyst applied the 80/20 rule to baseball and found that: “So 15% of the all the players last year produced 85% of the total wins with the other 85% of the players creating 15% of the wins.”
While not exactly 80/20, it does show how the general principle can be applied in real life.
By now, you can probably guess how the 80/20 rule will apply in the world of fitness. Roughly 80% of your weight loss or 80% of your muscle gain can be attributed to roughly 20% of your exercises.
Because of this, many fitness experts actually recommend against using varied routines, instead, they advocate for focusing on simple routines that contain a few effective exercises.
How Can The 80/20 Rule Help You?
The 80/20 rule, once you understand it, can be used to help make various aspects of your life more efficient.
For example, when trying to balance your budget, you can save yourself time by identifying the 20% of expenses that make up 80% of your monthly bills instead of going through every single expense.
You can save time by focusing on the 20% of exercises that actually cause the most weight loss.
So, now that you know about the 80/20 rule, see how it can be applied to your life.
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