Energy Insight

Getting several things done that have been hanging over me for months and migrating from one to-do list to another gives an enormous burst of energy. That happens because all these nagging little tasks devour mental energy and make one feel exhausted even though one might not be doing much.

It takes more energy to postpone than to just do it already.

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2 thoughts on “Energy Insight”

  1. It takes more energy to postpone than to just do it already.

    I have not found this to be true, except for very simple tasks. It sometimes takes me a month or so to figure out what actually needs to be done to solve a problem.

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  2. I know this feeling. It’s easy to put off non-urgent, mildly annoying tasks and then they just build up and weigh you down. Getting rid of unused things can have a similar effect. I recently went through the bookshelves in my campus office and got rid of some of books that I read 20 years ago and haven’t looked at since and notes and materials from some old projects and courses that I no longer teach. My office wasn’t stuffed to the gills with books and papers, but having a little extra room on the shelves is somehow energizing.

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