Viewing life in terms of energy, instead of time, is so cool.
What’s cool about it?
It releases stress!
Let’s say my work day looks like this:
a lunch meeting
1:30 phone call
3:00 walk & talk meeting.
This is a good management of time, right? It flows nicely with small breaks in between.
But what if the breaks aren’t long enough?
Time management doesn’t take into account the meeting topics, who will attend, or how I feel about going to the meeting. Will some meetings take up more of my energy than others? What if I know I have to relay upsetting news? What if someone says something that strikes me as odd or something that makes me so excited it’s hard to concentrate on anything else?
Time management completely ignores the emotional side of things.
Let’s re-evaluate the schedule with energy management in mind.
When scheduling I take into account the meeting topics and how I believe I’ll react to them. Will they be exciting so I know my energy will spike up? Or will it be so boring that it’ll take all the energy I can muster to pay attention (because after all it is important)? What if the topic is unknown, or I’m nervous about it. Planning downtime afterwards will be a cushion I can depend on to help absorb what happened.
I manage my energy before and afterwards so that when I get to the next meeting my energy levels are where they should be and I am fully present.
Here’s the new schedule (assuming you do not have control over scheduling the meetings):
10:00 – 10 minute walk outside.
10:30 – meeting
11:45 – 5 minutes of yoga stretches
12:00 – lunch meeting
1:15 – 15 minutes of meditation in a quick place (not at my desk)
1:30 – meeting 2:45 – 5 minute walk around the building
3:00 – walk and talk meeting
4:30 – write about what happened that day. If emotions spiked or dip, make a mental note or invent a character you can jot down next to the meeting so you remember how it affected you (something other than a smiley or sad face).
5:00 – leave for the night and leave work behind you.
When energy management is used with time management you feel more in control, less stressed, and happy. The two combined is like making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich; they just go together and can’t be denied!
Yes it’s all business and we should leave emotions at the door. But emotions are a funny thing that we don’t take into account and sneak up on you regardless if you’re at work or home.
What will you do before or after your next meeting to help your energy level?
Did you feel a difference at the end of your day?
How has energy management helped you professionally?
Leave a comment down below I’d love to hear all about it!
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