The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal – By Tony Schwartz and Jim Loehr.
Excerpt from the Book:
“We live in digital time. Our rhythms are rushed, rapid fire and relentless, our days carved up into bits and bytes. We celebrate breadth rather than depth, quick reaction more than considered reflection. We skim across the surface, alighting for brief moments at dozens of destinations but rarely remaining for long at any one. We race through our lives without pausing to consider who we really want to be or where we really want to go. We’re wired up but we’re melting down.
Most of us are just trying to do the best that we can. When demand exceeds our capacity, we begin to make expedient choices that get us through our days and nights, but take a toll over time. We survive on too little sleep, wolf down fast foods on the run, fuel up with coffee and cool down with alcohol and sleeping pills. Faced with relentless demands at work, we become short-tempered and easily distracted. We return home from long days at work feeling exhausted and often experience our families not as a source of joy and renewal, but as one more demand in an already overburdened life.
We walk around with day planners and to-do lists, Palm Pilots and BlackBerries, instant pagers and pop-up reminders on our computers— all designed to help us manage our time better. We take pride in our ability to multitask, and we wear our willingness to put in long hours as a badge of honor. The term 24/ 7 describes a world in which work never ends.”
The Book was published in the year 2005, much before, Facebook/Linked In/ Whats app…I am amazed at the insight of the Authors…
So, what to do, in 24X7 connected world. Or what should be our priority.
Planning and Execution.
Digital detachment or no meeting days or such management none-sense.
According to Authors; Remain : Fully Engaged in Day to day life. Its not Time management
but Managing Energy should be the Top Priority.
Now a days people call it : Conscious Living or Mindfulness. However, no one knows, how to be mindful, or else its made so cliched; Think about what you are doing, enjoy the moment, live in present. For a layman, its easies said than done, just re read the excerpt. When you don’t have time even to reflect upon your day to day living, bringing mindfulness is like thinking about your breath, only when you are angry or you are doing Work out/Exercise, you know that you are breathing, else its consciously unconscious, because consciously we know we are Alive but Unconscious because we are not Living.
The authors, sums up the entire dichotomy and Answer to the Problem, very succulently. It reads, and I quote.
“To be fully engaged, we need to be fully present. To be fully present we must be “physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and spiritually aligned with a purpose beyond our own immediate self-interest.”
So, if you are
Physically Energised, by remaining little active.
Emotionally connected, with your family/friends and above all your vocation.
Mentally Focused, on the job/work in front of you. (I know thats the biggest problem..lack of focus)
Spiritually aligned, with some purpose or goals in your life.
These four corners, even acted in isolation or tandem, would certainly bring about consciousness into your living. Most importantly, it would create a mindset, to atleast think about all these, otherwise most of people, go from one motion to another even without realising. So if you are some one, who ponders over the questions about the purpose or meaning of life. Maximise your energy by focusing on these four quadrant, should be the priority.
You get more Energy, only if, you remain active in some way, scientifically, any form of physical exercise release a hormone called..endorphins..and it reduces stress…By remaining emotionally connected to your family, brings the purpose in your life, by becoming mentally focused, you achieve more in less time, it also begets a healthy mindset and resilience to get better at everything…And finally, spirituality means, you are connected to something more than you are…it could be god, it could be smallest pleasure in life..it has different connotion for every individual.
All these brings out more Energy…As scott adams, puts it, we Should develop a system that generates more energy. As we know, how a bad co-worker or unpleasent situation drains our energy out. Same way, lot of activites squeeze the energy out of us, every day, but if you focus on doing something which instead of depleting, increase your energy, you can accomplish more on any given day. This cannot be an action requiring mental focus else it will fall into trap of monotony, it needs to be conscious enough to be intervowen as habit into your life. In net result, it would keep your Energy Level through out day.
In nut shell, It is more important to maximise your Energy. Thats should be No-1 Priority. Every Single Day. Period.
Reference Courtesy : Farnamstreet Blog.