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Inertia – Using Physics to Preserve Your Energy

In a single day you juggle all manner of activities  – meetings, driving, speaking, crafting.  Each consumes energy on its own, but shifting between types of activities is even more energetically expensive.  Here’s my secret to energy conservation, compliments of physicist Sir Isaac Newton.  

Newton’s first Law of Motion, inertia, says

a body in motion tends to stay in motion; a body at rest tends to stay at rest. 

With this in mind, cluster activities as Body in Motion or Body at Rest to reduce the number of shifts you make in a day. I schedule full days of Motion, moving among meetings and errands with ample space between to ruminate, jot notes, and travel safely.  I counter these with full Desk Days where I Rest at the computer with uninterrupted focus.

Homework: How might you cluster your Body in Motion and Body at Rest activities to conserve your energy?

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2 Responses to Inertia – Using Physics to Preserve Your Energy

  1. Judith Gallagher October 22, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    I tend to divide my tasks and match them to the time of day and my energy level. In the morning, I am up and out and on the move, working with people, until about 3:00. After that, I’m in a quiet place doing my solitary work and then an evening of watching a few favorite tv shows or working my crafts so I can relax and sleep and get up and start all over the next day.

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