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4 Keys to managing your energy

27th August 2015
Managing your energyHow often do you feel there just aren’t enough hours in the
day?
Your to do list seems to just keep growing – at home as well
as work!
We all have moments and sometimes weeks or months like this
and, if you are like me, you work harder thinking that’s the answer. You may well
get through it but at what cost?
Tony
Schwartz
would argue that most of us are chasing the wrong resource – hours
in the day rather than our own personal energy. Time is a finite resource where
as your energy can be renewed and we can have more flexibility if we learn to
manage it well. It is therefore the key to productivity and stamina.
In his report he looks at 4 areas of energy that we can
manage:
Physical energy
are you healthy? Are you getting enough sleep, exercise and the right
nutrition?
Emotional energy
– are you happy? Do you diffuse negative emotions and infuse positive emotions?
How do you look at challenges?
Mental energy
how well do you focus on something? Do you set aside specific times in the day
to respond to emails and voicemails? Do you manage interruptions and have clear
priorities for each day?
Spiritual energy
– why are you here? What is your purpose?
Our opportunity is to reflect on our current patterns of
work and behaviour and begin to make adjustments.

Are you heading for an energy crisis?
If you want to get a quick ‘heads up’ on how you are doing
the following questions are included in the report here,
you’ll also get some tips on where to focus.
Body
  • I don’t
    regularly get at least seven to eight hours of sleep, and I often wake up
    feeling tired.
  • I frequently
    skip breakfast, or I settle for something that isn’t nutritious.
  • I don’t work
    out enough (meaning cardiovascular training at least three times a week and
    strength training at least once a week).
  • I don’t take
    regular breaks during the day to truly renew and recharge, or I often eat lunch
    at my desk, if I eat it at all.

Emotions
  • I frequently
    find myself feeling irritable, impatient, or anxious at work, especially when
    work is demanding.
  • I don’t have
    enough time with my family and loved ones, and when I’m with them, I’m not
    always really with them.
  • I have too
    little time for the activities that I most deeply enjoy.
  • I don’t stop
    frequently enough to express my appreciation to others or to savour my
    accomplishments and blessings.

Mind
  • I have
    difficulty focusing on one thing at a time, and I am easily distracted during
    the day, especially by email.
  • I spend much
    of my day reacting to immediate crises and demands rather than focusing on
    activities with longer-term value and high leverage.
  • I don’t take
    enough time for reflection, strategising, and creative thinking.
  • I work in the
    evenings or on weekends, and I almost never take an email–free vacation. 

Spirit
  • I don’t spend
    enough time at work doing what I do best and enjoy most.
  • There are
    significant gaps between what I say is most important to me in my life and how
    I actually allocate my time and energy.
  • My decisions
    at work are more often influenced by external demands than by a strong, clear
    sense of my own purpose.
  • I don’t
    invest enough time and energy in making a positive difference to others or to
    the world. 

Next Steps
It’s been a
while since I read this report and I’ve found it useful to review it. It’s
certainly helped me refocus and identify where things have been a little out of
kilter…
What one
thing can you do to begin to redress the balance?
Drop me a line
to let me know.
‘Manage your
energy not your time’

Tony Schwartz

How balanced are you?

15th August 2015
Work life balanceDoes your life feel out of balance right now?
Are you spending long
hours at the office, or working from home and unhappy about it?
Do you feel overwhelmed
by how much there is to do?
Do you often feel, no
matter what you’re doing at the time, that you should be doing something else?
Do you feel guilty
taking time out for yourself?
If you do, you are
probably not alone.
I recently read this years Global Human CapitalTrends report from Deloitte and one of the opening paragraphs read ‘In this new
world of work, the barriers between work and life have been all but eliminated.
Employees are “always on” – hyper-connected to their jobs through pervasive
technology.’
Whilst there are organisational challenges in
this we also all have choices to
make. After all the only person who really controls what you do and where you
spend your time is you.
Too
much, too little or just enough?
Work Life Balance
If you think you’re spending too much or too
little time on certain areas of your life take some time out to consider how
you will redress the balance.
Develop a list of where you do spend chunks of
your time and decide whether you are spending too much, too little or just the
right amount of time in each area.
Here are some ideas of what could be on the list:
Work
Family
Friends
Health and Fitness
Holidays
Hobbies
Personal Development
Home
Now, consider if there is anything missing from
that list; an area of your life that is currently neglected, where you’d really
love to allocate some time. Add this to the list.
Next, identify which is the most important area
for you to address.
Now, identify one thing you can start to do to
redress this balance. I’m suggesting one thing as it’s the first step and you
want to succeed. If it’s relatively simple great! You can now move on to the
next thing…
Don’t be surprised if you run up against some
limiting beliefs you might have too. This could be the very thing that’s
causing the imbalance and may take a little longer to resolve and adjust to.
Take one step at a time and review your progress
regularly. Your needs may change over time so it’s always good to revisit this
exercise and check you are spending your time and energy where you want too.
If you find you are struggling to create the
future you want email
me to set up a discovery call and we’ll explore together what action you can
take.
‘A balanced work-life is
primarily a mater of deciding when to hold on and when to let go.’
Jacques Limoges

 

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