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Increasing productivity

Manage your energy, not your time

Very often, we regret procrastinating and leaving all our work pending till the very last minute. That's when we hope, we had made better use of time. This applies not just to studies and deadlines but our lives as well. We continuously try to manage time properly to find that perfect work-life balance. But does the proper management of time make us productive or does it just add on to our stress and anxiety?

People often resort to working long hours to complete their daily tasks and duties. These people usually think of life as a marathon and are so passionate about what they do that they believe they don't need a break. Ultimately, it will get exhausting and backfire in ways that we can only imagine. It is rather better to treat life as sprints and recovery, where recovery is the key.

Everyone gets the same 24 hours each day to complete their daily tasks and duties, but the quality and quantity of energy are exclusive to each individual. That is where we can discover our strengths and bring forth our best performance. If we focus on managing time, we are just simply creating to-do lists from which we might easily get derailed.

So, how exactly do you manage energy?

Understand what drains you and what sustains you

It is important that you allow yourself to manage your world in a way that works best for you.

Be an energiser

Your performance will get a boost when you are a can-do person who can energise others.

Recognize the race you need to run

Regulate your pace so you don't wear yourself out.

Don't be a professional pretzel

Twisting into someone other than yourself is exhausting, so just be your authentic self at work.


Nabila Hossain is a senior at IBA, University of Dhaka. Reach her at

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