It is very hard to convince busy business people to take a load off.

Everyday is an opportunity to talk about energy management. We are up against the pervasive push of the media: blogs, videos, books, and productivity gurus emphatically claiming that the secret to success is to do more, organize better, reach higher levels of productivity, and that it just takes massive amounts of hard work, day-in and day-out to be successful. It is exhausting just to watch, read, and attend to, much less do the work. Which is why lots of us study the material, but we never follow through. Lots of us have spurts of motivation but peter out. It is just too much pressure.

Instead, we just churn on the hamster wheel of the day-to-day, facing burnout, dullness, and a lack of inspiration.

What if we didn’t push, push, push or listen to the incessant drum beat of “Do more. Be more. Do more. Be more.

I call the BS detector: Productivity hacks- bullshit! Time Management – bullshit! Will Power- BULLSHIT!

That is what brought me back to Tony Schwartz of The Energy Project. Like a breath of fresh air, he is still beating the opposing drumbeat: Taking a load off actually improves your productivity. This week I talked about Tony Schwartz and energy management on Day 13 of my 30 Day Facebook Live Leadership Challenge.

Balance is the antidote to time management. Intervals are the antidote to productivity hacks. Ritual is the antidote to will power. Check it out. I am  awaiting your views, your questions, comments and opinions.

Ruth Schwartz

Ruth Schwartz is the author of "The Key to the Golden Handcuffs". She is a high performance business consultant and leadership coach. Connect with Ruth to participate in the conversation. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube .