It’s not about time management, it’s about energy management

3 Points:

  • Everyone has a natural chronotype. Larks are early risers and owls are late sleepers. Children/Young adults are mostly all owls. This can change for some after age ~25.
  • Analyze in the morning, create in the afternoon.
  • Inspiration Paradox: Innovation and creativity are greatest when we are not at our greatest.


Favourite Quotes:

Breaks are not a sign of sloth but a sign of strength.

Would I re-read this?

Maybe skim through for a quick refresher. I read this book in 4 days. It’s short and packed a punch during the first read.

I’ve probably saved 5x the time I spent reading this book with the advice & energy management tips from it. The somewhat odd part I took away: Nostalga is good. It increases our sense of meaning and our connection with others.

What did I implement?

  • Afternoon meetings are avoided as much as possible.
  • Pre-Mortums. I try to make mistakes in advance. “Let’s pretend it’s 2 months after we finished the project, it didn’t succeed. Why?”
  • I watch for Punctuated Equilibrium — Change upwards happens in loops of nothing, then loops of everything.
  • Inhibitory Control: I have the highest self control in the morning and weakest self control in the evening.
  • Breaks are most restorative when spent: Walking, socializing, or outside.

In Summary...A book about something invisible to most of us…Time. The resource we cannot make more of, is it worth the time to read? I think so.

P.S. This was a fun trick from the book that I tried…Introducing the Nappuccino: