How Well Do You Manage Your Energy?

When relentless demands of a busy life take their toll on performance, we tend to think that managing our time better will improve the situation. If we can just work faster, multitask more efficiently, things will be better, we think, as we buy the latest time management gadget or software.

However, as Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, authors of The Power of Full Engagement, explain, it is the skillful management of energy, not time, that most significantly affects high performance. Too often, we squander this valuable resource through energy-taxing habits—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual vitality drains.

Take this Quiz to identify your personal energy-enriching opportunities:

1: I rely on sugary or carbohydrate-rich snacks for bursts of energy when I need a pick-me-up. True/False

2: Life is an endless marathon to be endured; you just have to keep on running. True/False

3: I tend to do what feels immediately pressing and easier to accomplish rather than make conscious choices about how I invest my time and what matters most. True/False

4: I’m so busy I rarely have time to reflect on what I value most deeply. True/False

5: I seem to be stuck in overdrive; I feel like I’ve lost the ability to shift to any other gear. True/False

6: I do stamina, strength, flexibility and stability training irregularly, if at all. True/False

7: I regularly get less than six hours of sleep. True/False

8: I rarely take breaks; that way, I can get more done. True/False

9: When I take the time to notice, my breathing seems shallow; I seem to go a long time without taking a deep breath. True/False

10: I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders. Anxiety, frustration and overwhelm are ever-present for me. True/False

11: When I’m under pressure, I easily become harsh or defensive with others. True/False

12: Personal relationships are not something I devote a lot of energy to. If they don’t work, I move on. True/False

13: I smoke, overeat or drink heavily to help lower my anxiety level. True/False

14: It’s been a long time since I’ve done something purely because it was fun or felt good. True/False

15: Downtime is wasted time. True/False 

If you answered “true” to more than just a few of these statements, you’re probably not functioning or feeling as well as you could be.

Time to explore how to live in ways that enhance, rather than deplete, your energy?  Would you appreciate some help getting started?  If so, click here to schedule a 60-minute complimentary coaching session.

Author’s content adapted under license, © 2008 Claire Communications

About djwlifecoach

As a coach, author, speaker, singer, artist, consultant, radio host, Reiki Master and EFT/tapping practitioner, I share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything! My book, "Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life!" (Hay House/Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world's largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout, including a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from 10 years of debilitating depression, led to finding my purpose guiding others on their journeys. Through healing and self-exploration, I discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming your personal life, your work and the world. With attention and intention, I learned to live in alignment with love through a wealth of energy-shifting tools and techniques that help me reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm by releasing limiting beliefs, emotions and habits. My books, blog, radio show and signature coaching programs help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. To learn more about my work in the world, visit djwlifecoach.com. Subscribe to my blog at tiny.cc/djwblog. Listen to my radio show at tiny.cc/djwradio. View my author video and book trailer at tiny.cc/djwauthorvideo and tiny.cc/djwbooktrailer. Access 40+ tapping resources at tiny.cc/djwtaps. Send email to deborah@djwlifecoach.com. For fun, I love singing, reading, sewing, knitting and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my husband, Wilson, and the three coaching cats who manage my life—SiddhaLee, Mortimer and Maisy Jane.
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