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Headed for an energy crisis?


It's just another day in 2007.  Stopped to take a few minutes to read a short article.  It's my daily "leadership" lesson time.  Only this time it really shook me up.  Really challenged my thoughts on a concept I thought I had a handle on.  Time management.  Tony Schwartz & Catherine McCarthy had really made an impact on me!

Manage your energy NOT your time!  What?  Think about it...time is a finite resource.  Energy is renewable.  Want to see where you are with your energy?  Here's their quiz!

Mark the statements that are true for you:

Your Body

  • I don't regularly get at least 7-10 hours of sleep and often wake up feeling tired
  • I frequently skip breakfast or settle for something that isn't nutritious
  • I don't work out enough; a minimum of cardio 3 times per week & strength training 1 time per week
  • I don't take regular breaks during the day to truly renew & recharge OR I often eat lunch at my desk

Your Emotions

  • I frequently find myself feeling irritable, impatient or anxious at work, especially when work is demanding
  • I don't have enough time with my family/loved ones & when I'm with them I'm not always really with them
  • I have too little time for the activities that I most enjoy
  • I don't stop frequently enough to express my appreciation to others or to savor my accomplishments and blessings

Your Mind

  • I have difficulty focusing on one thing at a time & am easily distracted during the day, especially by email
  • I spend much of my day reacting to immediate crisis & demands rather than focusing on activities with long-term value and high leverage
  • I don't take enough time for reflection, strategizing & creative thinking
  • I work in the evenings or on weekends & almost never take an email free vacation

Your Spirit

  • I don't spend enough time at work doing what I do best & enjoy most
  • There are significant gaps between what I say is most important to me in life & how I actually allocate my time
  • My decisions at work are more often influenced by external demands than by strong, clear sense of my own purpose
  • I don't invest enough time & energy in making a positive difference to others or to the world

How is your overall energy?

Total number of statements checked _________

What does my score mean?

0-3 - Excellent energy management skills

4-6 - Reasonable energy management skills

7-10 - Significant energy management deficits

11-16 - A full-fledged energy management crisis!

What do you need to work on?

Number of checks in each category

  • Body ____
  • Mind ____
  • Emotions ____
  • Spirit ____

What do the category scores mean?

0 - Excellent energy management skills

1 - Strong energy management skills

2 - Significant deficits

3 - Poor energy management skills

4 - A full-fledged energy crisis!

2 Facts

  1. Father Time will stay undefeated
  2. Rule #1 doesn't keep you from energy renewal

If you'd like to learn more about this approach visit The Energy Project that Tony Schwartz started!

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