Energy management in the form of microbursts

A tiny bit of housekeeping before we dive into today’s post.

I want to write a series of time management posts and I know what I have on my list but I’d love to hear your time management questions.

I’m particularly interested in big picture questions, not just the “how do I do my email in 15 minutes” questions. By the way, my very best thoughts on email can be found right here.


I just read a post by Laura Vanderkam that I loved about the difference between time and energy management.

Let’s talk about that for a minute.

I think we’ve all experienced situations where we technically have the time to do something but we have zero energy.

The article talks about using microbursts to energise you.

That’s the part I most love.

As an extrovert, I get a lot of energy by interacting with people. On a day where I have no meetings, I am exhausted by lunch time and it’s all I can do to drag myself through the rest of the day.

What I can do, though, is use those microbursts, and I do… sometimes. Use the opportunity to walk to a colleague’s desk to talk through an idea in person instead of waiting for an email response. Pick up the phone to check on a few things again, instead of solely waiting for email responses.

I’ve found that I do really good writing when I go to gym after work and then use the evening for writing. The words flow better probably because of the change in the type of activity.

It’s like taking a break while you’re working to do different types of activities.

For me, any getting up and moving also works.

Do you use microbursts to jolt your energy levels?
What kind of activities work well for you?

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  1. I do. It always helps if I go outside for a bit. Or if I exercise or do anything physical.

    • Marcia Francois says:

      I think it may also be the aircon in the buildings – fresh air refreshes me so quickly 🙂

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