People flourish when they have more energy

Do you often feel that you just don’t have enough time?  Often getting more time is not the answer, but getting more energy is:

Tony Swartz and Catherine McCarthy in their classic Harvard Business Review Article suggest the following ways to find more energy:

Physical Energy:

  • Get enough sleep.
  • Have 3 episodes of cardiovascular activity per week.
  • Eat small meals.
  • Take brief and regular breaks away from work throughout the day.
  • Monitor the signs that your energy is flagging – restlessness, yawning, hunger...

Emotional Energy:

  • Breathe deeply when ‘negative’ emotions start surfacing.
  • Express appreciation to others in detailed and specific ways often.
  • When you face conflict with another person, as a first step, ask what the other person may be experiencing.

Mental Energy:

  • Do high concentration tasks away from phones and email.
  • Quarantine at least an hour in the morning for deep focused work.
  • Have designated times for email and phone calls.
  • End your day by identifying what you will work on as your 1st priority the next day.

Spiritual Energy:

  • Organise your work to do more of the things you excel at.
  • Know what is most important to you (family, friends, career) and specifically allocated time for these things.
  • Know your core values and live them.

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