Energy Management


When it comes to productivity, one of the biggest issues I deal with regularly is energy management. I generally feel like I have enough time to accomplish my goals, however, I don’t always feel like I’m up for doing them. For the past couple of years, I’ve started to focus on how various activities affect my energy levels and developed a small framework for it. I mentally categorize all activities into three categories which I describe below.


This is defined as time and energy spent working towards goals in my life. I want to maximize the amount of work I can perform in order to more effectively reach my goals and live a fuller, happier life.

Active Rest

Active Rest describes activities that make me feel re-energized after I’ve done them, which will allow me to do more work.

Passive Rest (the bad stuff)

These activities are similar to Active Rest activities, in that they are things I do when I need a break from working. The difference is, these don’t make me feel recharged. At best, I’m recharged a little - at worst, I actually have less energy than when I started. These will vary from person to person, but for reference, these are things I consider Passive Rest activities:


Like I mentioned before, my goal is to maximize my ability to do Work. I view it similar to a mana bar - working decreases my energy over time, and both Active Rest and Passive Rest increase it. However, Active Rest is much more effective at restoring energy than Passive Rest.

TLDR; Focus on activities that lead you towards your goals. If you don’t have the energy to work on those things, effectively rest and avoid activities that aren’t truly recharging.