To what degree is your life ruled by time-strict schedules?
If you find yourself constantly looking over at the clock, you might consider the benefits of managing your energy rather than your time.
That’s what Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz explore in their book The Power of Full Engagement.
In the video above I share a visual summary of that book, along with how I’m putting those ideas into practice in my own life.
Below I’ve shared snapshots from that video in case you find them to be a helpful reminder.
The Visual Summary
Here are the ideas that stood out to me while reading.
Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance. Managing your energy rather than your time will help you stay physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused, and spiritually aligned.
As human beings, we don’t expend energy at a linear, constant pace throughout the day. Instead we need to cycle between energy expenditure and energy recovery, which helps to build capacity while avoiding burnout.
The five important components of physical energy: the breath, nutrition, sleep, fitness, and regular recovery.
It’s important to notice when negative emotions take too strong of a hold. While those are important to acknowledge, it’s equally important to move to a recovery activity (something you do for pure enjoyment or that’s deeply relaxing) to refuel your emotional energy tank.
Your mental energy will benefit from regularly switching channels so that you engage different parts of your brain.
The core of your spiritual energy involves identifying a deeply held set of values and a purpose beyond your own self interest, and then making sure your actions are in accordance with those.
My Energy Rituals
Here are some of the energy rituals that I’ve brought into my life to help me get the appropriate amount of exercise and recovery across the four categories of energy that Loehr and Schwartz describe.
I’ve come to enjoy a three-part exercise routine. I go for a run one day, do yoga the next, and then some strength training the day after that. The next day I start the cycle again.
I continue to be surprised by the impact that short sessions of deep breathing can have throughout the day.
Radically shifting my media consumption from digital video to physical books has had a significant impact on my emotional, mental, and spiritual energy.
As a new parent who works from home and is on child care duty most work days, balancing work and family has been a challenge. Shifting into weekend mode after my twin boys’ first nap helps me turn off my work brain and fully appreciate my time with the boys.
My wife and I recently started the tradition of Sunday night chats, after the boys are in bed, as a space to check in with each other and chat deeply about those things that get pushed to the background in the rush of daily life.
I find it helpful to remind myself that these rituals will likely evolve over time as needs and life circumstances change.
So rather than seeking out a permanent set of rituals that will guide the rest of my life, it’s more about paying attention to the role that those rituals play, and adapt them as needed over time.
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