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Change your life: Natural energy cycles

1 September, 2014

We all have different ‘natural energy cycles’ – in other words, times of the day when our energy is naturally high or low.

I’m a ‘morning’ person, whereas I know people who do their best creative work burning the midnight oil. I’ve learned to recognise now when my energy is low and I consciously use those times for activities that don’t require a lot of physical or mental effort.

When are you at your best? What times of day do you feel bright, clear-headed, full of energy? And when do you typically feel sluggish, fuzzy, tired?

“Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast” — Oscar Wilde

Start to recognise these times and consciously use the times when you have most energy for those tasks that require more mental effort. The ‘down’ times are best utilised for more routine activities.

This is often easier said than done, but once you become more aware of this you can try to match the different tasks to the available energy levels, and build these in as part of your routine.


  • Annabel Sutton is a Professional Certified Coach and Author.  She has lived in Los Angeles and Indonesia; survived earthquakes and riots, lived with head-hunters and enjoyed a portfolio career.  She now enjoys a somewhat quieter life in Somerset!  Her latest book, 52 Ways to Transform Your Life (Weekly Wisdom for Busy People), contains 52 inspiring, quick-to-read life tips and is available from . Find more information at