Productivity always remains top of mind for me. Due to weekly commitments, and a desire for flexibility to spend time with family, the time I devote to work each day is finite. In order to maximize productivity during this time I created a series of daily, weekly, and monthly routines to help stay on track with repetitive tasks related to self-care, business management, and home management. These routines free up my mind and focus because I know that repetitive tasks such as bookkeeping, laundry, grocery shopping, and cleaning all get done at their their scheduled time. For example, I complete business book keeping each Tuesday. I send invoices, pay bills, and look at my income and expense statement every Tuesday. This habit to do financial work at a scheduled time frees my mind of concerns about bills, payments, and invoices on the other days of the week when I’m working on other projects and tasks.
Another one of my routines is my morning routine. It lasts about 3 hours every weekday morning from 5-8 am. During this time I read, get cleaned up for the day, eat breakfast with my teens, clean up the kitchen, make my bed, and listen to either a podcast or an Audible book while I’m washing my face and doing other parts of my “beauty routine”. Recently I finished listening to the Audible book 6 Months to 6 Figures by Peter Voogd. This book was recommended by Hal Elrod in his podcast The Miracle Morning and book by the same name.
In his book, Voogd discusses productivity and time management as one of the keys to a successful quest to earn more income. In his discussion, he makes a clear point that time is finite. It comes, and it goes. This is something we have all heard before. We all have the same amount of time in a day, week, or month, and there isn’t any way through time management to create or add more time to our days. To maximize our productivity, though, and take full advantage of the time we have what we can manage is our energy. With a higher level of energy and alertness, we are better prepared to focus and take advantage of the time we have.
This concept while not new did resonate with me. I’ve always known I could control my energy level. But, for some strange reason the way that Voogd explained energy control in relationship to productivity opened my eyes in three ways.
1. Energy management is my responsibility. No one can manage my energy for me. It’s all within my control. Just like managing a chronic disease, energy management is up to me.
2. Energy management is directly connected to my habits. In all cases the habits I have created for sleep, food, drink, spirituality, finances, thoughts, social media, email, exercise, grooming, home care, family time, and friendships are my decision. I have control over these habits. I can choose if I have control over the habit or it has control over me.
3. Energy management means managing habits so they enhance my energy and not deplete it. What energizes each us is different, but the key is to know what habits produce energy for you and what habits drain your energy. For example, if drinking two glasses of red wine in the evening interferes with your sleep and the lack of sleep makes you feel groggy the next morning, then it might be best to revisit the habit and look at ways that you can drink wine and not reduce your energy levels in the morning. Another example is if spending time with a certain friend or family member energizes you and gives you a positive perspective, then create habits to get together more often with that person.
As we head into a new year, it’s beneficial to pay more attention to our habits. Decide if a habit is enhancing or depleting your energy. Determine if your current energy level allows you to be as productive as you can be, or do you feel like taking a nap during the middle of your work day due to low energy. My goal is to use habits to create energy so that I can maximize productivity with my business and cookbook projects. By maximizing productivity during my work time, I can spend the other parts of my day and weekends in pursuit of hobbies and activities I enjoy.
Cookbook author and culinary dietitian Maggie Green coaches aspiring cookbook authors in the process of writing cookbooks, cookbook proposals, and building their author platform. Download her checklist “Am I Ready to Write A Cookbook?”