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Ep 35 – Greg Conderacci: The Author of the Book ‘Getting UP! Supercharging Your Energy’
Do you know the difference between time management and energy management?
If you’re a CPA, accountant or anyone that’s entering their peak revenue season, this podcast is a must-listen. We have a number of tips and techniques on how to get the most energy out of ourselves and how to generate more energy when we need it.
Greg Conderacci is an expert on energy management. He wrote Getting Up!: Supercharging Your Energy and rode his bicycle across the United States of America in 18 days averaging 150 miles a day. He really understands energy management.
Greg believes that we should move away from those old time management techniques into a new and more productive method of managing our energy.
“We’re kinda missing the boat here in the 21st century by talking about time management time management time management when, really, I think this is the century of energy management.”
The emphasis on time management goes back a couple hundred years.
- When most people in the U.S. worked on farms, the day started when the sun came up and it ended when the sun went down.
- During the Industrial Revolution, there was a concerted effort to make people think of time laterally. People on assembly lines were taught to think of time in terms of minutes and hours.
- We are still victims to this time management mentality, especially in our education system.
Not a lot of people work on assembly lines anymore, so why do we still have that mentality?
We need to focus on where we add value – and we add value with our energy.
“If you look at people who are making fabulous amounts of money, they’re making fabulous amounts of money because of the value that they’re adding – not because of the time they’re spending.”
The key is to focus on energy flows. None of us are at 100% peak all day long so you should take note of the times that you are most efficient and effective and schedule the most intellectually challenging work at those times.
After that, Greg has two big suggestions for maximizing the amount of energy you have in those times:
- Get at least seven hours of sleep.
- Drink a lot of water.
Your energy is maximized when you have seven hours of good sleep (so don’t drink yourself to sleep!). On top of getting energy, your brain is also working while you’re asleep. You can literally solve problems in your sleep.
There’s also value to the idea of a midday siesta, or an afternoon power nap. Most people are at their lowest energy between 2:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon, anyway. Sleep or rest will charge your batteries and make you more productive for the rest of the day.
The last part of the equation are all of the energy suckers in your environment. We have technology, we have instant messaging, we have texting, we have constant interruptions and, if that’s not enough, we’ll pull out our cell phones. Discipline will save your energy.
“We’re working on a scarce resource. We should manage our time carefully, there’s no question about that, but we keep thinking it’s going to give us more time – it’s not!”
If you have energy and you are purposeful about using it on your most intellectually challenging work, then you can maximize productivity by doing less challenging tasks when you have less energy. Emails don’t need to be checked first thing in the morning.
I greatly appreciate Greg coming on the show to share these extremely valuable tips for getting the most out of our energy. A lot of accountants are going to have a much better busy season if they put his advice into action.
- Getting Up!: Supercharging Your Energy by Greg Conderacci
- Connect with Greg at MorePersonalEnergy.com
- Valuable articles for the busy season:
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