Manage your energy, not your time

That is the title of an article by Tony Schwartz which I read last night. It might be common sense (or not) that eating better, exercising and taking relaxing breaks prolongs lives and makes people feel healthier and happy. But in the busyness of our lives how many of us is actually doing that? How many managers and leaders out there address these rituals in their own companies or teams? Focused, motivated and energized people perform better and produce more. Maybe it’s time to start supporting energizing rituals in our organizations. Here are some which I extracted from the article and that you can apply on your own:

  • Start moving, do cardiovascular training and strength training at least 3 times a week
  • Eat healthier and do not skip breakfast, take a break for lunch
  • Take regular breaks during the day – go up and down the stairs or go for a walk
  • Attract positive energy by changing the stories you tell to yourself – don’t be irritated just because it’s raining, instead enjoy the good side of it
  • Breath deeply to recover and relax from a stressful situation
  • When focusing in a task avoid distractions, turn off your email – distractions will make you loose 25% of your time on each task (it’s not worth it!)

Remember, time is limited but energy is not!

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One thought on “Manage your energy, not your time

  1. A nice brief summary of the Manage Your Time Not Your Energy HBR article.

    What I would add is the criticality of becoming aware of how and where our fears are feeding off us as predators and parasites, personally and collectively; and 2) how we can use our innate attractions to our sense of purpose and meaning to keep us moving toward our health, wholeness and hardiness.

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