Time Management is a myth.
Today what we are going to learn is how to manage your energy throughout the day to get maximum done.
Let me introduce you to the book written by Jim Loehr AND Tony Schwartz ” The Power of Full Engagement”
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 FOUR PRINCIPLES OF FULL ENGAGEMENT
“Principle 1: Full engagement requires drawing on four separate but related sources of energy: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
Principle 2: Because energy diminishes both with overuse and with underuse, we must balance energy expenditure with intermittent energy renewal.
Principle 3: To build capacity we must push beyond our normal limits, training in the same systematic way that elite athletes do.
Principle 4: Positive energy rituals—highly specific routines for managing energy—are the key to full engagement and sustained high performance.”
SPRINTERS VS. LONG-DISTANCE RUNNERS
“Sprinters typically look powerful, bursting with energy and eager to push themselves to their limits. The explanation is simple. No matter how intense the demand they face, the finish line is clearly visible 100 or 200 meters down the track. We, too, must learn to live our own lives as a series of sprints—fully engaging for periods of time, and then fully disengaging and seeking renewal before jumping back into the fray to face whatever challenges confront us.”
“We build emotional, mental and spiritual capacity in precisely the same way that we build physical capacity.“
THE PULSE OF LIFE
“Nature itself has a pulse, a rhythmic, wavelike movement between activity and rest. Think about the ebb and flow of the tides, the movement between seasons, and the daily rising and setting of the sun. Likewise, all organisms follow life-sustaining rhythms—birds migrating, bears hibernating, squirrels gathering nuts, and fish spawning, all of them at predictable intervals. So, too, human beings are guided by rhythms.”
“You can maximize performance by alternating periods of activity with periods of rest.“
It’s powerful, simple stuff that, unfortunately, is too often ignored. Rather than honour the natural rhythmic needs for rest following exertion.We tend to artificially compensate and keep ourselves running a marathon through caffeine, sugar and other quick fixes. Not a good idea.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
“Drinking water is the most undervalued source of physical energy renewal. Unlike hunger, thirst is an inadequate barometer of need. By the time we feel thirsty, we may be long since dehydrated. A growing body of research suggests that drinking at least sixty-four ounces of water at intervals throughout the day serves performance in a range of important ways. Dehydrate a muscle by as little as 3 percent, for example, and it will lose 10 percent of its strength and 8 percent of its speed. Inadequate hydration also compromises concentration and coordination.”
TURN OFF THE TV
“Television is one of the primary means by which most people relax and recover. For the most part, however, watching television is the mental and emotional equivalent of eating junk food. It may provide a temporary form of recovery, but it is rarely nutritious and it is easy to consume too much. Researchers have found that prolonged television watching is actually correlated with increased anxiety and low-level depression.”
INTRINSIC (VS. EXTRINSIC) PURPOSE
“Purpose also becomes a more powerful source of energy when it moves from being externally to internally motivated. Extrinsic motivation reflects the desire to get more of something that we don’t feel we have enough of: money, approval, social standing, power or even love. ‘Intrinsic’ motivation grows out of the desire to engage in an activity because we value it for the inherent satisfaction it provides.
“A value in action is a virtue.“
PRECISION AND SPECIFICITY
“A broad and persuasive array of studies confirms that specificity of timing and precision of behavior dramatically increase the likelihood of success. The explanation lies once again in the fact that our conscious capacity for self-control is limited and easily depleted. By determining when, where and how behavior will occur, we no longer have to think much about getting it done. A series of experiments have confirmed this pattern…
“Money may not buy happiness, but happiness may help you get rich.”
“We use the word ‘ritual’ purposefully to emphasize the notion of a carefully defined, highly structured behaviour. In contrast to will and discipline, which require pushing yourself to a particular behavior, a ritual pulls at you. Think of something as simple as brushing your teeth. It is not something that you ordinarily have to remind yourself to do. Brushing your teeth is something to which you feel consistently drawn, compelled by its clear health value. You do it largely on automatic pilot, without much conscious effort or intention. The power of rituals is that they insure that we use as little conscious energy as possible where it is not absolutely necessary, leaving us free to strategically focus the energy available to us in creative, enriching ways.”
“The more scheduled and systematic these rituals became, the more renewal they provided.”
“All great performers rely on positive rituals to manage their energy and regulate their behaviour.” And: “The more exacting the challenge and the greater the pressure, the more rigorous our rituals need to be.”
“Creating positive rituals is the most powerful means we have found to effectively manage energy in the service of full engagement.”
JUMP AHEAD TO THE END OF YOUR LIFE
“Across cultures, religions and time itself, people have admired and aspired to the same universal values—among them integrity, generosity, courage, humility, compassion, loyalty, perseverance—while rejecting their opposites—deceit, greed, cowardice, arrogance, callousness, disloyalty and sloth. To begin to explore more deeply the values that are most compelling to you, we suggest that you set aside uninterrupted time to respond to the following questions: Jump ahead to the end of your life. What are the three most important lessons you have learned and why are they so critical? Think of someone that you deeply respect. Describe three qualities in this person that you most admire. Who are you at your best? What one-sentence inscription would you like to see on your tombstone that would capture who you really were in your life?”
“Character—the courage and conviction to live by our deepest values—is the key muscle that serves spiritual energy.”
Use all these principles wisely & become super productive.
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