We each have 168 hours in a week.
168 hours to do anything, and everything, we need and want to do.
You could be the CEO of a major corporation or a high school student. It makes no difference.
You have the same 168 hours.
And the reality is that to succeed at anything, you have got to utilize those 168 hours as best as you can.
Balance your 168 hours
This is not to say you shouldn’t have fun.
Of course you should!
And of course I could say that research has shown that having fun has been shown to boost productivity, but I bet you don’t need anyone to tell you that taking a break regularly and improves your ability to focus when you do need to.
And of course it doesn’t mean you should work loads instead of spending time with your family and friends.
Of course you should not.
It all should be done in balance.
The same with sleeping, grooming, errands, personal or home projects, and on and on.
Focus on Energy, not Time
And in fact, your ability to have a balanced life that improves your energy will make you more productive.
Think of it this way.
We each have 168 hours a week.
But when you’re ill you get far less done, no matter what area of life you’re considering, than when you’re not.
So the amount of energy you have determines your productivity levels … your performance levels.
So to be in a high performance level, you have to figure out how to manage your energy.
This is why many productivity experts are starting to explain that You don’t manage time …. you manage energy.
So for the new year, no matter what your goals are, you should also have alongside it a goal to be more productive. And specifically, a goal to better manage your energy.
Think of energy as Tony Schwartz of The Energy Project describes it. There are four (4) components: physical energy, mental energy, emotional energy (think emotional intelligence) and connectedness (or spiritual as others might call it).
Often times I find that those who are most interested in productivity have reached a point where their output simply isn’t what they need it to be. They need to figure out how to get more out of their 168 hours.
And if you’re at the point, then certainly you’ll likely already have a productivity goal for the year.
If not, how about increasing your energy management skills so that if and when you need it, you’ve got it. Besides, you can always use it to spend more time with fun, family and friends!