Manage your Energy, Not your Time

Time to Be Happy - ClockI am grateful for the positive support and encouragement from friends and family for this blog.   Good ideas for blog postings quite often come from casual conversations with this wonderful group of people.  As I’ve learned about the power of the law of attraction, I’ve come to believe there  are no real coincidences.  Rather, you draw things to you by your thoughts and feelings.  A friend once said to me, it’s not that things happen for a reason, but that there is a reason things happen.  So I pay more attention to the events that occur in my day and the people and things that show up.  This often leads to new ideas, a new path or new relationships that enhance my life.

A friend recently sent me an article he’d found a few years ago in the Harvard Business Review that had resonated with him.  To be thinking about it so long after reading it proves that!  He passed it along to me as he felt it was in synch with thoughts I’ve shared on the blog.  I laughed when I opened the link to the article and started to read it.  I thought wow this sounds just like a book I have on my list of blog posting ideas.  Sure enough, the article was co-written by Tony Schwartz, the co-author of the book The Power of Full Engagement:  Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal.

I have the audio version of this book and have listened to it several times on my iPhone (my favorite way of reading when I am in the car or walking).  Here are the key takeaways, and I highly recommend reading or listening to this book.  Their dietary recommendations are out of date and I don’t recommend a low fat or whole grain diet, but eliminating junk food, soda and other unhealthy foods from your diet are definitely on my agenda, as is getting plenty of restorative sleep.  You can find lots of recipe ideas and paleo resources in the Paleo Diet portion of the blog.

This statement from the book sums it up:

“Every one of our thoughts, emotions and behaviors has an energy consequence for better or for worse.  The ultimate measure of our lives is not how much time we spend on the planet, but rather how much energy we invest in the time that we have.  The premise of this book – and the training we do each year with thousands of clients – is simple enough:  Performance, health and happiness are grounded in the skillful management of energy.”  Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

The 4 main principles are:

  1. Full engagement requires drawing on four separate but related sources of energy:  physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
  2. Because energy diminishes both with over use and under use, we must balance energy expenditure with energy renewal.
  3. To build capacity we must push beyond our normal limits, training in the same systematic way that athletes do.
  4. Positive energy renewals – highly specific routines for managing energy – are the key to full engagement and sustained high performance.

At the heart of being able to implement positive habits is the understanding of your personal key values and making choices that are in synch with these values.   These positive choices are reinforced when you experience the wonderful increase in energy and happiness that follows.  Sheer will power isn’t needed when you are living your life in harmony with your values.

Man jumpCheck out the book and start fully engaging in life!

I am grateful each day for wellness, happiness and the opportunity to share with you.