HBS Manage Your Energy Not Your Time (Physical energy (early bedtime &…
HBS Manage Your Energy
Not Your Time
Definition of Energy
Capacity to work, coming from 4 main wellsprings
Could be systematically expanded and regularly renewed by
establishing rituals (behaviors that are intentionally practiced & precisely scheduled)
companies invest in developing ee's skills, knowledge & competence.
FEW help build & sustain their capacity-their energy- which is typically taken for granted
early bedtime & reducing alcohol use
eat small meals & light snacks every 3 hours
engage in cardiovascular act at least 3 times/week & 1 strength training/week
notice signs of energy flagging, restlessness, yawning, hunger, difficulty concentrating
take regular breaks: 90-120 min intervals
defuse negative emotions thru deep abdominal breathing
express gratitude to others
look at upset situations thru 3 new lenses
what would the other person in this conflict say and in what ways might that be true?
how will I mostly likely view this situation in 6 months?
regardless of the outcome of this issue, how can I grow and learn from it?
reduce interruptions & multitasking
respond to voice mails & emails at designated times during the day
every night, identify the most important challenge for the next day
identify "sweet spot" activities, those give u feelings of effectiveness and effortless absorption, and fulfillment
do more of these
allocate time & energy to what u consider most important
live your core values
How companies can help?
build "renewal rooms": where ppl go relax and refuel
subsidize gym memberships
gather ee for midday workouts
suggest that ppl stop checking emails during meetings