Over the past couple of weeks, I have written on ways to manage your energy in order to maximize your productivity through physical, emotional, and mindful energy. Physical energy was likely easiest to understand. It is about sleeping 8 hours, eating the right foods, exercising. Let’s face it, if you are hungry or tired, you are not yourself. It is nearly impossible to be the person you want to be under those conditions. Sure you might be able to fake it for a little bit but it is not sustainable. When I wrote about emotional energy during the second week it might have felt a little woo-woo for you. I explained the difference between responding versus reacting and identifying triggers to your negative behaviors. Last week, I pulled out more woo-woo and suggested that you start meditating and developing personal rituals during the mindful energy piece. Yes, I wrote on a professional blog to take a seat for a couple minutes and breathe! If Steven Jobs can mediate and create on the level that he created, there is no reason why you cannot mediate either. Maybe this is where I should insert some hashtags.
#sorrynotsorry #mindfulness #gratitude
This week’s topic is managing your spiritual energy in order to manage your energy to maximize your productivity. Spiritual energy at work? In the office? With co-workers around? YES! YES! YES! In this context, spiritual energy means recognizing meaning and purpose in what you do. It’s about asking yourself the question “What do I want to be remembered for?” You likely do not want to be remembered as the person that was never present for life or the person that was tied up with emails on your phone.
To access the energy of the human spirit, people need to clarify priorities and establish accompanying rituals in three categories: doing what they do best and enjoy most at work; consciously allocating time and energy to the areas of their lives—work, family, health, service to others—they deem most important; and living their core values in their daily behaviors.Tony Schwartz and Catherine McCarthy
Do not do things that you are good at and do not enjoy doing. For me, I am good at doing journal entries that does not mean that I enjoy them. I enjoy working on large data sets and find that I do well at. On the other hand, I always wished I could work in the medical field. I could barely handle a bloody nose so working in the medical field will not happen for me. We all need to find our sweet spot in work and in life. That spot is where you feel effective and inspired not drained and depleted.
How do you know if you need to reevaluate your work?
- Do you feel that you spend more time on work that you least enjoy doing?
- Do you find that there is a difference between how you want to spend your time versus how you actually spend you time?
- Do you find that others dictate your work?
- Do you feel that at the end of the day you did not have the time or energy to make a positive difference?
If you said yes to any of the questions, consider reevaluating your work and your approach to work.
Need a review of how to manage all aspects of your energy in order to maximize your productivity? If so check how all of the articles in this series.