Manage your energy, not your time

Extract from the Harvard Business School…with a couple tweaks…

Longer days at work don’t work because time is a limited resource. But personal energy is renewable. By fostering simple rituals that help us replenish our energy, organizations build worker’s physical, emotional and mental resilience. These rituals include taking brief breaks at specific intervals, expressing appreciation to others, reducing interruptions, and spending more time on activities people do best at and enjoy most. My favorite meditating a few minutes a day.

By employers helping their employees rejuvenate their personal energy, the benefits go straight to the bottom line. I personally am more interested in doing less accomplishing more!

We have different energy stores, namely physical, emotional energy, mental energy, spiritual energy.

Here are some tips on how renew each of these:

Physical= sleep (earlier to bed, less alcohol), reduce stress by engaging in cardiovascular activity at least 3 times a week, eat small meals and light snacks every 3 hours, notice when you are tired, take brief regular breaks away from your desk every 90–120 mins.

Emotional= defuse negative emotions by doing deep breathing, fuel positive emotions in yourself and others by expressing gratitude in detailed thoughtful ways, look at upsetting situations from a larger perspective by asking questions like how will I view this situation in 6 months time? How can I grow and learn from this situation?

Mental=reduce interruptions by performing high concentration tasks away from phone and email. Respond to voice mails and emails at designated times during the day. Every night identify the most important challenge for the next day. Then make it your first priority when you arrive at work in the morning.

Spiritual=Identify your ‘sweet spot’ activities- those that give you a feeling of effectiveness, effortless absorption and fulfilment. Delegate activities you hate to others that love them- like doing sales reports, or accounting. Allocate time and energy to what you consider most important. For example, spend the last 20 minutes of your commute relaxing so that you can connect with your family once you’re home. Live your core values, for example if consideration is important to you but you’re perpetually late for meetings, practice being 5 mins. early.

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