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How To Manage Your Energy

How To Manage Your Energy When You Have To Work All Day…

I wanted to share my personal strategy for managing my energy and focus, because of a conversation that I had earlier today on Facebook:

That Post Is Because Of Not Knowing How To Manage Energy Properly.

What you see above, is a common thing that happens to people who need to go through intense periods of work for prolonged periods of time.

Trust me, I’ve been there Erlinda, and I still make $250,000 a month, so don’t worry about it (first of all). Let me teach you how to make it so you can operate in the flow all day and night, when you need to, and how to feel happy, be healthy, and powerful every minute of the day.

These concepts will help you effectively manage your energy:

1.  What’s happening here is completely normal.  The neurotransmitters in your brain are exhausted from over focusing without enough recuperation.  The best way I can explain it without trying to be a scientist, it’s like you are bench pressing every day, with no breaks, you can’t do it.  You need rest.

2.  Your mind can only focus on a single task with complete clarity for 90 minutes.  After 90 minutes, you need a break if you’re doing any intense kind of mental work, for at least 15-30 minutes.  Most people don’t need to do this, because they work boring, repetitive jobs.  Being an entrepreneur is different – it takes a kind of intense mental and spiritual energy that will exhaust in 90 minutes if you’re doing it right.  There is no way around this.

3.  Mental work needs to be balanced out by physical movement.   If you work all day and don’t exercise, your mind will get burned out, and you’ll click refresh on your screen 100 times a day, space out the whole day, and not get any work done if you’re doing intense mental work like you have to do as an entrepreneur.

4.  You can reset the neurotransmitters in your brain in two ways.  You need 8 hours of sleep, or 15-25 minutes of proper meditation.  I’d choose the meditation, unless you only need to work 90 minutes a day, which especially if you’re new, you probably need a bit more.

5.  If you use these concepts to construct a strategy, you can work hard all day and night when you need to, and work LITERALLY the whole day, like you just woke up from a good night’s sleep.

Here’s my personal energy management strategy:

1.  In the morning, I start the day by getting my most important work done.  I don’t need any kind of meditation when I wake up – my mind is fresh.  I get up, drink a bit of coffee, and hammer out a blog post and some emails – the most productive activities that make you the MOST money (for me) are best completed immediately upon awakening.

2.  I break all of my work into 90 minute segments.  The way I do it, is I have an iPad, I downloaded a free stop watch app.  When I start work, I hit ‘start’ on the stop watch.  When it hits 90 minutes, I stop, no matter what I’m in the middle of.

3.  The first thing I do during my 30 minute break, is something physical for 5-10 minutes.  I like Kung Fu, singing, and dancing.  I’m not good at singing, or dancing, but I sure have gotten a lot better!  You’ll be amazed at how good of shape you’ll get into doing this.

4.  Then I do 20-25 minutes of trancendental meditation.   Trancendental meditation is meditation via rythmic chanting.  I also recommend Holosync, although I don’t feel it can reset you as quickly as transcendental meditation can.

The basic strategy is, sit down with your feet flat on the floor, your back straight and upright (don’t lie down, you’ll fall asleep, and you don’t need it) and then chant something in a rythm for the count of four as you breathe out, and chant it for the count of four as you breathe in.

What you chant doesn’t matter, at all.

Sometimes, Christians and other religious groups have a problem with meditation, like you’re connecting with Satan, or something.  That’s ludicrous.  Jesus never said “thou shalt not meditate”.  I didn’t say to chant the name of Satan - the purpose is to reset your neurotransmitters so you can work more efficiently – if you want, you can take a hebrew phrase from the Bible, and chant that, the only thing that is important is that what you’re chanting isn’t something distracting.

For example, I’ve ran into Christians who also meditate, who chant the hebrew name of Jesus:

“Yeshua Hamashiach”

Or, you could chant the tetragrammation, which is the four hebrew characters that create the name ‘Jehovah’:

“Yod – Hey – Wod – Hey”

( I think)

Or something nonsensical, like:

“Ahem…. Ahem….”

That works.  The word is irrelevant, the rythmic chanting produces an Alpha-Theta state and re-sets your brain.  Something nonsensical will do.  What has been proven, is in 15-20 minutes, your neurotransmitters will re-set like you just got 8 hours of sleep.

(you still need sleep at night)

5.  Work for another 90 minute cycle, and then repeat the pattern.

Anyways, hope that helps!

That’s what I do, even when I don’t work all day and night.  Why?  Because, I always work, even when I  am not working for money.  I’m not rich and free to sit around and be a fat, lazy ass hole.

I’m rich and free, so I can learn cool stuff.  So right now, I’m spending 4-8 hours a day studying spanish, and I do it in 90 minute cycles, using the strategy above.

Ok – I’m off.  In the last 90 minutes, I’ve:

1.  Uploaded a video
2.  Written this blog post
3.  Sent an email to all of my lists
4.  Created a bunch of leads through social media and stirring up some commotion on Facebook.

What did you do?

Ok, my 90 minutes are done.

Now, it’s time for some Kung Fu!

-David Wood
“Just another smelly, homeless man who got rich on the internet…

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Chris Kua
Chris Kua

Freakin great post! My very first meditation was holosync about three years ago. It introduced me to meditation. Meditation is super under rated! Every 90 minutes would definitely keep a person refreshed and in the now. Going to adopt your schedule. Aloha, Chris PS - looking forward to the day when I get to talk Jekyll Island with you.

THEearthtiger
THEearthtiger

Awesome article. I knew studying had to be broken into segments so that the brain could recover but I did not know about the 90 minute segment. I do know that taking some honey at the beginning of each segment can increase retention because the brain, being 90% lipids by weight, can only use glucose for energy. The blood brain barrier keeps anything larger than a glucose molecule from crossing the tight junctures (yes, there are exceptions but most are special purpose or can cause damage) and I have found honey very helpful especially when struggling with obtuse, bleeding edge mathematics.

dz117
dz117

This is great info! As a christian is important to meditate. Meditation clears the mind and brings about rest. Did you know the meaning of the word meditate in Hebrew means to utter under your breath? You don't have to do it while at home, it can be done anywhere. Just don't get caught muttering or chanting under your breath or someone will think you're crazy...haha! But the I love your whole concept. Glad I stumbled on your post.. Much success!

Brian Couch
Brian Couch

Thanks David. It really can get overwhelming that even though I've done so much, I still have so much to do!

AngelaMCarter
AngelaMCarter

Great article David. Great tips for breaking up our schedule. Its so easy to sit and stare at the computer all day and get exhausted but really get nowhere. I learned how to schedule my time so I can still feel refreshed during the day. 

NickHetcher
NickHetcher

Learning a LOT from David Wood.  This dude is FULL of money making knowledge.

Josh Cohen
Josh Cohen

Thanks for the info David,

 

Hope all is well!

Josh

MariaEves2
MariaEves2

Simply powerful as always, thanks David Wood.

DaveSchlueter1
DaveSchlueter1

Just wondering... Did you finally pull the plug on the Numisprosperitymastermind site? I can't seem to access it anymore...

 

PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

What a unbeatable stuff...! I love this great work so real.....@David Wood

EvinAnderson
EvinAnderson

Great Stuff Dave this was a BadAss Post 

ChadJaso
ChadJaso

Love this post David.  This is just what I needed it.  It makes me believe that I should BLOG before I go to work in the morning -- Very interesting stuff man.I love all the nitty gritty details...  I think I will chant 100% commissions *snicker*Or Im nota flanagan.... 

getmore73130
getmore73130

hello dave.. I am so happy to be involved with empower network. This is my 3rd week in. I am learning everyday. If you have time to take a look at my blog. Maybe see what I can do to make it any better. But anyway I love all your posts and it keeps me on purpose. I know I will succeed. Here is my blog:

http://www.empowernetwork.com/jeremyshelby/

Ben Brilliant
Ben Brilliant

I love how you focus on both physical and spiritual energy teachings. People tend to forget that we are energy. And this energy likes to keep moving. There's a 69 year old guy at my job that tells me he gets up every moring and does pushups and curls. To get his blood moving. He looks like hes 50. Right now I'm about 2/3 the way through the book Happy Pocket Full of Money and they are recommending practicing vipassana mindfulness meditation.  I haven't done it since I was living in Thailand and I have been just using standard breathing meditation. I am going to do a chanting meditation now thanks to your recommendation. Great blog post. Thanks Dave!

worldslaziest
worldslaziest

Great advise - I forget to get up and move when I'm in front of this thing.  This was a good reminder.

RyanKBiddulph
RyanKBiddulph

This post is good money Dave!

 

Short, frequent breaks rock. Keep you focused.

 

Thanks!

KederCormier
KederCormier

You are a freakin mind blower Dave.. Sorry if I keep coming to your blog and commenting on every freaking blogpost you write but it's because you just Awesome bro, with such talent, I'm learning to grow day by day so that my mind can work fast enough to write such compelling content like this one... Thanks much brother

TanishaAdjo
TanishaAdjo

i like this one the mental work needs to be balanced with physical movement and as an internet marketer there no physical movement so i get drained quickly well.. Dave thx for another valuable tip i need to apply

arleighc
arleighc

Dave!  Awesome, Awesome Post!  Right now, I'm studying so much on blogging and i haven't taken action all day!!  This is going to definitely help! Thanks again bro! btw...as a follower of Yeshua..I will proclaim that the Bible states: 

"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."

So meditation is not an evil thing.  So long as you're meditating on the Word of God! Thanks for the inspiration and will write a post now! 

amyfindley34
amyfindley34

Thanks so much for posting this!  I would work for so long and then get these massive headaches...what your saying makes a lot of sense!

Miked24
Miked24

I haven't talked about this in a long time because my parents thought I was doing something wrong but the more I read about this stuff I am wondering if I accidently stumbled on something similar.   

 

When I was a kid I used to lay in my bed and make my mind think of nothing.  I mean nothing at all and I had that feeling like I was floating over my body and floating around the room.  Used to scare my mother when I talked about it and she told me not do that anymore.  I still did though until I got to the age to where it was harder and harder to think of nothing.

 

Dave what exactly do you chant?   Just anything nonsensical will do?  

 

 

DavidEmilLombard
DavidEmilLombard

I agree. Silencing my mind is key to me doing anything productive and tapping that creative source.

 

Suggestion: Possibly add a module tof the 15K Formula to teach these kinds of tips, so folks can better carry out the rest of the strategies therein.

Lora
Lora

I have been working under people all my life. I am always tired. Hope this will change my life.

Yunar
Yunar

Hi Dave, good post here. I also tend to work in front of computer for a long time and at the end my vision become blur... I ever imagine when become a full time internet marketer what to do to avoid this and your suggestion is what i am looking for, time management here means health management.

It is no use if we have a lot of money but with bad health. I choose to be in good health and wealthy :-)

Angela Maynard
Angela Maynard

 

Dave - thanks for this post.  First thing I do when I wake up is praise the Lord, read my Bible then exercise for 10-15 minutes.  Starting tomorrow morning I'm going to do the  Transcendental mediation

via rhythmic chanting...I needed this.

Val Taylor
Val Taylor

I enjoyed this post. I take my breaks at the one hour mark and go outside for a short walk and sing. I consider that chanting because I feel so much better and refreshed and my mind open when I get back in front of my computer. although people stare and I think they point at me and say that's the crazy lady who sings to herself everyday but it does work for me. great post.

MarcoRodriguez
MarcoRodriguez

Dave - I needed that post brotha...Big things are happening!

Amogh Gulwady
Amogh Gulwady

Thanks a lot @David Wood , that was really useful!

 

I also practice TM however I have had some freaky experiences. Like I almost had a panic attack of sorts. But then when I allowed the feelings and emotions to tide over me, there was this undescribable sense of tranquility and calmness within and without.

 

Thanks for your deep insights. What music do you recommend for while meditating?

 

Amogh Gulwady,

Mumbai, India

shawnita
shawnita

This is a really interesting post.  I just joined Deepak Chopra's 21 Day Meditation Challenge - each day a different meditation on "Creating Abundance".  I usually do the meditations right before bed, but maybe doing them during the day will help. Actually, since I am a bit behind, doing 2 or 3 a day will give me a chance to catch up.  :)

mrebay
mrebay

Thanks Dave! I always thought that I was getting so much done staying up until 3AM every morning! Not really focused so late at night! I like you way better! Will implement your system for the next 30 days! You ROCK dude!

jacquiewhyte1
jacquiewhyte1

speaking of ADD, where can I post my fb url with my link, as per register page....closed it I guess.....having 20 windows open at once is counterproductive!

melodygarza
melodygarza

I have to try the 90 minute blocks. I find myself at one extreme or another - super ADD starting something new every 10 minutes and never finishing my to do list OR being in this super sonic zone where I'm totally oblivious to my surroundings only to find that when I'm done, my body is stiff, my eyeballs are burning, and my head hurts. I'm getting better, but I think I'm gonna try your technique =)

PaulSnider
PaulSnider

Awesome man! I've been looking for something to recharge myself during the day. I just watched your webinar today on making $1000/day. I've been a bit lost in the sea of online marketing lately, but now I know where and what I should've been focusing on for the past 12 months. Sux to have an ahaaa moment a year later, but screw it....better late to the party than never at all. Thanks "Mr. Woods" for caring!

BarbieFigueroa
BarbieFigueroa

So Simple and yet so Powerful! Thanks for Sharing David!

Brian Couch
Brian Couch

 @THEearthtiger Your brain handles things better in chunks. for example, try to memorize these letters BBCNASACBSFBIIRS Pretty difficult, but when you break them up into BBC NASA CBS FBI IRS it becomes much easier to recite them from memory.

StacyEaglin
StacyEaglin

 @KederCormier I agree w/ you and I do the same. "Always reading and listening to David Wood and David Sharpe."  They BLOW MY MIND!!  #EmpowerNetwork#1

David Wood
David Wood moderator

 @melodygarza If it makes you feel better, I'm probably more ADD than you :)

 

ADD people need a lot of exercise.  And breaks to do fun stuff.  And meditation. 

 

Or you'll click refresh all day long, and do 40 minutes of work in a 10 hour block.

 

(not useful)

 

Try it, you'll be happy.  I also like to listen to classical music when I'm doing intense work, it can help as well.

David Wood
David Wood moderator

 @PaulSnider That webinar is THE WEBINAR that made @Tony Rush  go from $15,000 a month with us, to $34,000 2 months later.

 

If anyone is wondering what webinar he's talking about, you can register here:

 

http://socialmediabar.com/earn1000daily

 

If you're in Empower Network, you can share that webinar on Facebook by visiting http://socialmediabar.com on Facebook, and inserting your affiliate id.

 

(just add ?Id=username to the end of the coaching webinar)

BarbieFigueroa
BarbieFigueroa

 @David Wood  @BarbieFigueroa Thanks for Responding. I've heard of Holosync but the form of meditation you are referring to, I need to look further into. I appreciate you walking us through your morning! This helps tons :)

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