I’m thisclose to declaring email bankruptcy. I recently returned from a week long business trip to Asia and, no kidding, I had 700 emails in my in-box–and that’s with an out-of-office notification turned on. To cap it off, I had a pile of mail, dozens of meeting requests to sort through and a laundry list of items I needed to do at home. If you feel whipsawed by a never ending stream of voice mails, endless emails and mile long to-do lists, you are not alone. I have had far too many days where I feel a total lack of control over my time and schedule. So of late I’ve been searching for methods to help me be more effective at home and work. I’ve become a huge fan of Harvard Business Review columnist and blogger, Tony Schwartz, who recently wrote a column that really spoke to me. In it he advises executives to manage their energy rather than their time. Humans are not designed for a steady stream of high-intensity work, says Schwartz. Based on research he has done with his think-tank the Energy Project, he has come up with a short but powerful list of tools to help you better manage your energy and make the most of your day:
I’m following Schwartz’s advice and am already seeing and feeling the benefits. How do you manage your energy?