Episode 17 Energy Management


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Energy Management

How you manage your energy to a great extend determines your productivity, satisfaction with life and your mental and physical wellbeing.

Let’s start with a simple model. Imagine that there is a bucket that contains all of the energy you have. This includes physical energy, mental energy, psych9ological energy and any other energy you want to label.

Energy flows into the bucket from many sources. These are somewhat different person to person but let’s talk about the common ones:

  1. Sleep
  2. Sound Nutrition
  3. Relaxation/Rest
  4. Nurturing relationships
  5. Spiritual practices


Energy flows out of the bucket in a variety of ways

  1. Environmental stressors
  2. Psychological stressors
  3. Physical stressors
  4. Mental stressors



Some things can go either way given the circumstances.


  1. Work
  2. People contact (Introverts vs. Extroverts, Family)

Principles of energy management

  1. Make sure the bucket never runs empty
    1. Increase energy flows in
    2. Decrease energy flows out

i.      Reduce the four stressors

  1.  Environmental stressors
  2. Psychological stressors
  3. Physical stressors
  4. Mental stressors
  5. Make good choices about what to expend energy on

i.      Get clear about what is important and what is trivial


  1. Enlarge the bucket

i.      Physical exercise

ii.      Mental exercise

iii.      Coping skills

iv.      Problem solving skills

v.      Interpersonal skills

vi.      Time management skills

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