Until someone figures out how to add more time to each day, we are all given the same 24 hours to get everything done at work and home and enjoy life, too. Time management tips certainly help, like prioritizing lists, limiting email checks and doing the high payoff tasks first. Often even more important than time management is energy management.
This morning, I attended an enlightening “Managing Your Energy” workshop, expertly facilitated by Debby Stone and Michelle Goss of GROWE, Georgia Roundtable of Women Entrepreneurs, and sponsored by ProWin, Professional Women’s Information Network.
Top performers at work are like athletes. They have mastered how to expend and then recover and renew their energy. We learned to recognize the four sources and stores of energy: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Every thought, feeling and action has an energy consequence. That’s why universal principles like affirmations, visualization and gratitude can be powerful tools to maintain high, healthy energy. To learn more about energy management, Debby and Michelle recommended reading “The Power of Full Engagement” by Jim Loehr.
So, how can you keep energized? When it comes to the physical, eat right, drink lots of water, get enough sleep and exercise. A big part of our emotional energy is based on our relationships. Nurture the ones that are important to you and consider releasing any toxic ones that drain your energy. Our mental energy is based on our attitude. Be aware of what you say to yourself and others. And, finally, to help energize your spiritualal dimension, find and follow your purpose and passion, be involved in your community, commit to spiritual practices like meditation, and spend time appreciating nature.
It was a delight to share ideas and strategies with all the women who attended this program. We each face many of the same challenges as we strive for that elusive balance between work and life. We also have the power to make positive changes–and to inspire others to do the same.