This 20 minute exercise could completely change your life
Most of us plan our days around tasks. But research suggests that planning our days around energy levels—when we’re feeling motivated vs. drained—is more effective.
Use this exercise to become more aware of your energy patterns and build a schedule that fits your daily rhythm.
Step 1: Map your energy levels
You probably already have a good idea of whether you’re a morning person or a night owl. You might also notice that certain tasks leave you more awake than others. Use the energy map list below (or draw your own) to get a deeper sense of how your mental energy waxes and wanes throughout the day.
When you’re done, reflect:
My energy is highest when __________
My energy drags when __________
My best ideas happen when __________
I lose my focus when __________
Step 2: Build your energy rituals
Maybe you get a surge of motivation at 9:00 am or crash right after lunch. Whatever your personal energy curve, adding predictable energizing activities to your calendar can help you find more flow and joy throughout the day.
Fill out the energy rituals worksheet below to learn more about what’s draining your brain power, and what you can do for an energy boost.
When you’re done, pick your favorite 3 energy rituals.