When we devote ourselves to things that give us energy, we have more energy for things we have no energy for.

Extroverts understand this. If one derives energy from being with people, one must do that to fuel those focused, solo work times. Saying, “I’ll deprive myself of this until I do this,” is a sometimes necessary, emergency move, not a best way to go about life.

There are times when we have to “eat the frog first,” doing the most unpleasant things first—going to traffic court, the dentist, or taking out the trash. But, much of the time, we’ll find if knock out things that give us energy, we work from an energy overflow rather than deficit. If we paid more attention to managing our energy than our time, we’d be more productive, because energy is what fuels productivity—not time.

Riding a bicycle up a steep hill is easier when you have a good head of speed going first. It’s not usually a cop-out, it’s just usually true.