When it Comes to Writing (Or Anything Else), Managing Energy—Not Time—is the Key

The Writer's Habit

Not long ago I posted about keeping a time journal in an effort to find ways to improve my productivity. The experiment was interesting and helpful; however, any attempts to improve time management, and/or results, were short lived. What hadn’t changed was the fact that before my workday even started, I felt tired, run down emotionally, and sapped of motivation. And this was after a 3 ½ mile walk on the track at the Y.

No matter how time-efficient I was, my productivity didn’t stand a chance.

I then remembered a book I had purchased in my early 30s after watching a segment on Oprah’s talk show, around the time I was finishing my graduate studies and needed to complete my thesis (at the time it was the longest and most complex writing I’d ever done). Called The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz (yes,

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