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Personal Energy Management

Course CodeVRE105
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Personal Energy Distance Learning Course - manage your own energy levels, or help others to manage theirs.

  • Do you feel tired or lack energy?
  • Does a lack of energy limit your ability to accomplish things in your job?
  • Do you understand the different types of personal energy which we expend - physical, intellectual, and emotional.
  • Our lives place varying demands on our personal energy - this course seeks to help you understand the demands and understand how you can manage your energy levels to be more effective in your tasks.
  • Course duration: 100 hours, comprising 7 lessons.
  • Start at any time, study at your own pace.
  • Learn from personal energy specialists.



Lesson Structure

There are 7 lessons in this course:

  1. Personal Energy: A Key to Success
    • What is Personal Energy?
    • The Real Energy Crisis.
    • How Leaders Become and Remain Energised.
    • Implications for Everyone.
    • Supplementary Notes: Physical Energy Production.
  2. 14 Keys To Managing Your Personal Energy
    • What Are The Keys To Managing Personal Energy?
    • Supplementary Notes: Energy And Aerobic Fitness.
  3. 10 Falsehoods about Managing Energy Supply
    • Introduction.
    • Myths About Managing Energy Supply.
    • Supplementary Notes: Fatigue and Recovery.
  4. The "Other" Energies: Emotional And Intellectual
    • Values And Energy.
    • Intellectual Energy.
    • Factors That Contribute Significantly to Shortages in Intellectual Energy.
    • Assessing Your Intellectual Energy.
    • The Primacy Of Emotional Energy.
    • Factors That Contribute Significantly To Shortages In Emotional Energy.
    • Assessing Your Emotional Energy.
    • Supplementary Notes: Breathing.
  5. The Myth of Invincibility
    • Leadership And Energy.
    • Enhancement Of Energy.
    • Supplementary Notes: Nutrition.
  6. The Limits of Stress and Time Management
    • General Limits.
    • Supplementary Notes: Stretching Exercises.
  7. Committing Occupational Suicide
    • Re-active and Pro-active Approaches.
    • Why People Work.
    • Causes of Avoidance.
    • Adverse Childhood Experiences.
    • Negative Work Environment.
    • Self-Shaping.
    • The Impact of Avoidance.
    • Worker Productivity and Energy Level.
    • Cost to the Person, Organisation, Family or Group.
    • What are Avoiders Trying to Avoid.
    • Bases for Avoidance.
    • Supplementary Notes: Recreation And Personal Energy.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Explain the nature and scope of Personal Energy.
  • Determine the most important factors that impact personal energy supply.
  • Describe the most common falsehoods regarding personal energy management.
  • Explain the significance of these two crucial kinds of personal energy: emotional and intellectual.
  • Identify actions taken by high achievers to enhance their energy.
  • Consider the role stress and time management play in personal energy management.
  • Consider the advantages and disadvantages of being proactive and reactive.
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of seekers and avoiders.
  • Consider the role stress and time management in personal energy management.
  • Understand the limits of stress and time management, and the role that personal energy plays.


Simply stated, personal energy is the amount of stamina, vigour, or "juice" you have to complete a given task or engage in a particular activity.
It is useful to think in terms of three types of personal energy:

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Emotional
Physical Energy

Have you ever climbed a mountain or a large hill? At the time, depending upon such factors as your speed and the steepness of the terrain, you likely consumed a substantial amount of physical energy. On the other hand, working day after day on new, complex, and highly-demanding tasks could decrease intellectual energy. Discussing an unproductive and very negatively-oriented worker's job performance with him could lower your emotional energy level.

Intellectual Energy

High intellectual energy supply improves your ability to concentrate, to think quickly and objectively, and to accurately size up situations. Low intellectual energy tends to impair concentration, to lengthen response time, and to impair judgement.

Emotional Energy

High emotional energy contributes to patience, and to acting in an objective manner when dealing with people. Low emotional energy leads to impulsive and counter-productive interaction with other persons.

Your supply of intellectual and emotional energy very often may be among the most critical factors determining your degree of success on a particular project or in general.

Implications for everyone

Ideally, CEOs' major tasks include assisting employees in sustaining and even expanding their supply of personal energy. Hopefully they also provide a work environment which allows for and even supports energy-enhancement. In reality, however, many CEOs and leaders in other areas are too occupied with their own needs and the needs of the organisation to attend to employees’ energy needs, even though much of the burden of achievement rests on those employees. What successful CEO does not depend on the energy and achievements of his or her secretary, lower level management, and ordinary workers? What leader does not rely on the energy and achievements of coordinators, advisors, assistants, speech writers, and others?

Personal energy is important to every person who takes on a leadership role: a teacher, a sports coach, a workplace team leader, a parent, a tour guide etc. It is equally important to anyone who works on a project or wants to achieve a goal, or gain a sense of accomplishment by completing tasks, or learn a new skill, do well at a hobby, or have energy left over for family and recreation after all duties are done.
In other words, leaders and achievers are not found only in the political, business, sporting or intellectual arenas, but can be found in all areas of work and social life, at play, and in the home.  Whether you are a mother trying to cope with the many demands of children, home, work etc., a student who is feeling burned out with too many assignments or who knows that you can do much better, or a labourer who, after a day of hard work, wants to have energy for family, recreation or a hobby, you will benefit from becoming more aware of your energy levels and from learning how to manage your energy more effectively.


ACS Distance Education stands out from other distance learning colleges. The following points show why:-

  • All our courses are unique - to be successful in today's world you need to be unique too; doing a standard course that is taught by many different colleges may in fact restrict your opportunities for employment.
  • We are independent - we maintain high standards and are not subject to changes in government funding or policy.
  • You can study when and where you want, choose what to study, mix and match an extremely wide range of modules in a way to suit you.
Highly Qualified Tutors
  • Our tutors are highly qualified and experienced - more so than for most other colleges (our minimum requirements for tutors are set higher than some other vocational colleges).
Quality Service and Support
  • Our tutors are available to answer any questions to support you through the course.

Meet some of our academics

Denise Hodges Promotions Manager for ABC retail, Fitness Programmer/Instructor, Small Business Owner, Marketing Coordinator (Laserpoint). Over 20 years varied experienced in business and marketing. More recently Denise studied naturopathy to share her passion for health and wellness. Denise has an Adv.Dip.Bus., Dip. Clothing Design, Adv.Dip.Naturopathy (completing).
Lyn QuirkM.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.
Tracey JonesWidely published author, Psychologist, Manager and Lecturer. Over 10 years working with ACS and 25 years of industry experience. Qualifications include: B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), Dip. SW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies).

Check out our eBooks

Aerobic FitnessAerobic fitness contributes more to your quality of life than perhaps any other aspect of fitness! This updated version of Aerobic Fitness is full of information about the body and its functions. It also contains detailed illustrations of which exercises to use for individual muscle groups. 93 pages. 64 illustrations.
Human NutritionBoth a text for students, or an informative read for anyone who wants to eat better. While covering the basics, the book approaches nutrition a little differently here to some other books, with sections covering ”Modifying diet according to Genetic Disposition or Lifestyle”, “How to find Reliable Information on Nutrition” and “Understanding how Diet relates to Different Parts of the Body” (including Urinary, Digestive, Respiratory and Circulatory System, the Brain, etc). This ebook was written to complement the ACS Nutrition I course, and provides a solid foundation for anyone wanting to grasp a fundamental understanding of Human Nutrition. 41 pages
Human BiologyFor any new student of human biology, being confronted with thousands of unfamiliar words can be overwhelming. It can also be difficult to identify which words you need to learn first. This book presents words that have been carefully selected as the most important for new biology students to learn and understand. It also provides more information about each word than is often found in traditional dictionaries, giving students a more in-depth understanding of the word's meaning. The book is intended as an aid to all new students of human biology.
Nutritional TherapyDiscover how the way you eat can impact upon the affects of an illness. This book is unique, written by our health and nutritional scientists. Chapters cover: “Scope and Nature of Nutritional Therapy”, “How different factors Interact with Nutrition”, “Different Ways” and “Appropriate Therapeutic Responses for Different Health Issues” Thirty different conditions are covered from Mental Illness and Gastritis to Coeliac Disease and Osteoporosis.