365 ways to energize – a daily companion to living with health, purpose, and joy

Diminishing marginal return

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Day 53Those who have studied economics have learned about the concept of diminishing marginal return. “The law of diminishing marginal returns states that in all productive processes, adding more of one factor of production, while holding all others constant, will at some point yield lower incremental per-unit returns.”

We can even apply this thinking to the things that we engage in and do during our daily lives; as everything we do also have an ‘energetic arch’ of diminishing return.

An interesting question to ask ourselves is – how tuned in are we to when we have reached our peak…?

Do you sense/know when – if you add one more ‘unit’ of whatever it might be that you are doing – you begin losing energy – simply because you do not stop what you are doing in due time? It can be related to anything; eating one more bite, drinking one more glass of wine, watching one more hour of TV or film, hanging on Facebook, working, exercising, staying up, sleeping in, or even spending time with friends – do you know when enough is enough and it is time to stop?

Why not think about how we spent this past weekend? What activities brought you energy? And what could you have done less of – in a way that would have helped you feel more content and energized by the end of this weekend?

What do you know about yourself, and about your unique needs to feel your most energetic self?

Based on the review that you just did, how would you like to spend the coming week and next weekend – to make sure you do what you love but also know when to stop because you have reached the top of your arch….?

One thought on “Diminishing marginal return

  1. Fantastisk at du skriver hver dag. Flott jobbet!!!!

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