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Why managing energy is more important than managing time​

How many of you feel tired because of constantly being on your toes and yet do not get significant & meaningful return on your efforts.

For how many of you it would a deja-vu situation, that in-spite of having very important work on hand we just crash on the couch watching bad TV or doing equally mindless activity, in the evening.

Why, what the time management experts have been teaching us so far is mostly wrong as it focuses on the erroneous issues.

We have been taught the crappiest ideas about time-management & most of us believe these as gospel truth.

It is the most basic law of nature that work, cost & expenses expands as per the available resources, time & money.

Time Management is never about managing your time. It is all about managing the following effectively

  • 1.Energy
  • 2.Enthusiasm
  • 3.Focus
  • 4.Efforts

This is about starting from anywhere, at any age, from any position, in any field and achieve.

That is why the most successful people are those who seems to be having unlimited supply of energy whole day in spite of heavy work schedule & load, and yet manage to have a roaring social and personal life.

I have personally come across 3 such people Burt Goldman [age around 90 years], Dr. Bhagwati Oza[age around 82 years - see my YouTube Interview "Impossible Achiever"] & Anthony Robbins[age around 55 years], along with many people of similar age, you might not have heard about.

You will find politicians in same cadre as being highly energetic in spite of being quite elderly the world over[here I am not talking about their doing & being good or bad, I am only highlighting them for their energy levels].

All these people achieve so much in their day and still they are full of energy even after a 12+ hours day. Day after day.

Besides what they do & accomplish in a day or in their total life would make even people of 20 years age filled with awe on how could these people have so much energy.

In the popular time management concept nobody addresses the angle that even though the Time is a finite resource it is the Energy, Enthusiasm, Focus that only can make anyone's life highly productive & rewarding.

It doesn't matter how organized, smart and clever your new productivity hack is, unless you have the energy to bring to the party every time.

Some of the greatest regrets we have in life are those valuable moments lost because of how we chose to spend our time. While you're still alive and breathing, it's never too late!

Few of the Biggest Regrets that People can accumulate over their life time

1. I wish I had spent more time with the people I love 2. I wish I had taken that opportunity 3. I wish I had courage to stand up for myself. 4. I wish I had lived my own life without caring about what other people may think about me 5. I wish I had focused on the most important things of life instead of chasing the superficial, materialistic & glamorous things 6. I wish I had faced my fears to have utilized my full potential 7. I wish I had not helped the wrong people 8. I wish I had taken out the toxic people sooner 9. I wish I had let go of things that do not matter in long run & have forgiven people instead of carrying self-harming grudges, resentments & revengeful feelings


Your quality of life is basically defined by the quality of your time.

The first step towards making quality time a true value in your life, and not just a cliché would be to create crystal clear focus.

To we create laser sharp focus – the following are needed to be done

A.My Dreams, what I want to do, be & have in the following areas

1.Hard Skills, knowledge & qualifications

2.Physical fitness/health

3.Mental sharpness

4.Emotional maturity

5.Financial freedom

6.Relationships

7.Soft skills to develop

8.Professional growth

9.Spiritual enlightenment

B.Checklist -ARE THESE GOALS REALLY IMPORTANT

1. If I don't accomplish these goals, What would happen?

2. If I don't accomplish these goals,- Who would be affected and how?

3. If nothing bad or of consequence would happen on non-achieving these goals, why work for them?

4. Do these goals fit with or complement my other goals? If not, why pursue them?

5. If achieving these goals produces desirable results, why not put everything necessary into doing it and doing it right?

6. What other goals depend on the achievement of these goals?

7. Which goals have to be reached first for these goals to happen?

C.ARE THESE GOALS FEASIBLE

1.Are these targets realistic?How can you adjust performance ranges to get you closer to the desired conclusion?Do you need to set new or different targets?

2.Are these time frames realistic?Do you need to set new or different deadlines?

3.Are expected resources available?If not, why not?What can I do to make them accessible?

4.Have I accounted for obstacles that I could have predicted?

5.Are the obstacles I had assumed I could overcome insurmountable?If so, what can Ido to change direction to get around those obstacles and to achieve more realistic goals?

6.Can unexpected obstacles or unintended consequences occur that I could not have predicted?If so, how will I manage the obstacles or unintended consequences?

D.WHAT COULD BE THE BARRIERS THAT MAY PREVENT ME FROM ACHIEVING THESE GOALS?

  • E.The HIGH PAYOFF ACTIVITIES that I need to focus on to achieve my goals based on 80/20 principle
  • F.ACTIONS WHICH WILL ENABLE ME TO SPEND MAXIMUM TIME ON MY HIGH PAY-OFF ACTIVITIES

The elements of enthusiasm

1.Our enthusiasm comes from the WHYs of what we choose to do. If our whys are powerful, meaningful & constructive, we would have the enthusiasm to create the energy needed to overcome the challenges, setbacks, obstacles, crises

2.When we make SMART CHOICES, when we are able to identify most of the options & choose the best ones

3.When we are only focused about taking action that is within our span of control, in even those areas that are seemingly impossible

4.When we use the disciple to build our result orientation through practicing action only goal, rather than just sitting and speculating

5.When we accept that mistakes & failures are the learning avenues showing us the direction of change

6.When we welcome, look for & embrace changes

7.When we enjoy making us obsolete by reinventing through the joy of continuous learning

Next would be to learn about managing our various energies

  • 1.How to either de-activate, isolate or channelize the hazardous energy
  • 2.Ensure that we nurture to cultivate "OurDrive"

The Various Energies that we have

  • 1.The physical energy
  • 2.The mental energy
  • 3.The spiritual energy through the focus of living a life of and standing up for, your values
  • 4.The emotional energy
  • 5.The energy of your passion & dreams, "The Drive", Our Life's Boosting Energy
  • 6.Our hazardous energy, The life "sapping & zapping" energy

Ask yourself these questions

1.How many hours in a day do you spend being angry, anxious, dissatisfied, or unhappy or in similar energy draining emotions

2.How much time do you spend focusing on happiness and building relationship your loved ones

3.How much time you spend on your self-development

4.How many hours of your life do you spend doing things you don't enjoy and those that don't add any value to your life but you still keep on doing it

5.How many of you awaken from sleep, completely fresh and recharged for the day

6.How many of you have the regrets beginning with, "If only", "If I could"

Managing Our Energy

1.Many people feel if they can squeeze anything in their calendar then they can do it. This might sound reasonable but the reality is that there's only a finite number of things you can do in a day

2.The problem is that we require energy to function and if you've just spent all day doing lots of important tasks and dealing with lots of people, then you won't have the necessary energy to devote to other jobs. It's all very well and good accepting all those additional tasks but are you going to be able to do them to the best of your ability

3.This is the key, to be able to sail through hectic day by giving your best in every task that you have chosen as the most important for that day

How to be enthusiastic & energetic

  • 1.To become more enthusiastic, act more enthusiastic "Every man is enthusiastic at times. One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes – another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years that makes a success out of his life."
  • 2.Identify what you need to do to achieve your life goals
  • 3.Get organized
  • 4.Don't dwell on the negative, get into the act
  • 5.Make a list of the things in life you are grateful for
  • 6.Make a list of things that make you happy
  • 7.Don't try to solve the entire world's problems all by yourself, take help
  • 8.Identify what's holding you back and find a solution
  • 9.Surround yourself with enthusiastic & high energy people
  • 10.Perform random acts of kindness
  • 11.If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you'll achieve the same results.
  • 12.Become deaf, Don't listen to the naysayers

High-energy people who bring out the best in others have these characteristics stand out

1.They are Intense, eager and appreciative.

2.They are Highly communicative.

3.They are Focused on team results, yet attentive to the needs of individual contributors.

4.They are Firm in their own convictions on how to lead people to excellence.

5.They Make everything exciting

6.They Capture attention

7.High energy people help transform people, teams and entire organizations

8.They Entertain, engage and educate

9.They Increase innovation

10.They Instill confidence

11.Adept at learning new things

12.Willing to take on supporting roles

Increasing your energy level

  • 1.Find your passion and when you see it, harness it
  • 2.Learn what you can control and accept those that you can't.
  • 3.Manage by taking some risks of manageable nature & then slowly up the ante.
  • 4.Commit to behaviors that will help you achieve your goals. Stay away from doing something that won't help.
  • 5.Accept Disappointments and failures are common in the way to success.
  • 6. Bottom of Form
  • 7.Set your vision and make it a reality, Be creative in visualizing and imagining your dreams "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." – a quote from a man whose talents are exceptional, Albert Einstein.
  • 8.Make People Feel Appreciated
  • 9.Support New Ideas
  • 10.Encourage people who have disrupting thinking & challenge the status quo. Give them Challenging Tasks
  • 11.Welcome being challenged
  • 12.Encourage Creativity
  • 13.Enforce meritocracy, Give Each One Opportunities to Grow
  • 14.Empower Each Individual, Give as Much Support as You Can
  • 15.Let Your People Become Bored & then show them how to create something great out of boredom
  • 16.Create Healthy Competition
  • 17.Celebrate Each Success milestones
18. "Chunk down," which essentially means breaking huge goals, the large whole down to its smaller parts

19.Identify your power times. Everyone has high and low periods of energy, attention, and focus. By knowing and understanding your own energy patterns, you can create a time-plan that takes advantage of your personal rhythms.

20.Set aside blocks of time for getting things done. Keeping in mind your power times, go through your calendar and schedule a specific day and period when you will work on an item.

  • 21.Take a splurge day - It may seem obvious. Take a splurge day, do whatever the hell makes you happy, for an entire day.
  • 22.Go to a museum.
  • 23.Write it down.
  • 24.Be a mentor
  • 25.Learn something new

26.Exercise

27.Read

28.Take Classes. Education shouldn't stop at college, and shouldn't be restricted to institutions. The most successful people in the world are the ones who make a commitment to never stop learning. They're always incorporating new skills

29.Volunteer

30.Network

31.Spend some disciplined time in your most favorite Hobbies

32.Spend Time With Friends and Family

33.Develop hobbies like the few of the following greats

A.Richard Branson plays chess

B. Jack Dorsey hikes C. Meryl Streep knits D. Bill Gates plays bridge E. George W. Bush paints F. Tom Hanks collects vintage typewriters G. Sergey Brin is an adrenaline junkie - This includes roller hockey, ultimate Frisbee, gymnastics, skydiving, and high-flying trapeze. H. Marissa Mayer bakes I. Steve Wozniak plays polo ... on a Segway J. Tim Gunn soaks up art K. Warren Buffet plays the ukulele L. Angelina Jolie collects weapons M. Larry Ellison sails
  • 34.How Successful People practice the following habits
  • A.They Wake Up at the Same Time
  • B.They Designate a large chunk as Me Time
  • C.They Schedule Micro-Adventures
  • D.They Disconnect time to time
  • E.They have simple food, cloth and other taste
  • F.They Minimize Chores
  • G.They Reflect
  • H.They Spend Quality Time with Family
I. Smart People Learn from Other's Mistakes, Not Just Their Own J. Smart People Challenge Norms K. They don't let past stumbles dictate their present state L. They don't focus on the negative & they don't run from their problems. M. They don't worry about what other people think about them. N. They don't waste time neither theirs nor anyone else's O. They don't expect instant gratification. P. They don't focus on things that are out of their control. Q. They don't spend time with people who bring them down. R. They are humble as they understand that being arrogant wastes a lot of energy, focus & enthusiasm

35.They don't hang out with people who don't respect their time. They are
direct & do not beat around the bush, they tell others straight that they're full of crap, if they are full of it

36.They get those people from their life immediately, who make them feel drained, insulted, ashamed, guilty, put down etc

37.They also know how to stop supporting Self-centered people, as they waste maximum time

38.They Ensure that they are focused on getting results and not on being occupied or doing work

39.They Connect & nurture your relationships with people who are smarter, bolder, more energetic, more successful, more of everything that makes them role model

40.They Treat your energy as hard earned money and use it only on the most important tasks, actions & objectives

41.They Identify & eliminate/reduce, the wastages in their life as per the 8 classic wastages in lean manufacturing concept along with other

42. They Do not Drain their ENERGY in the unimportant tasks

43.They don't treat every task as a fire drill

44.They understand & use attention span in the most productive manner as they Understand & Know what recharges them

45.They take care of themselves

46. They are Extremely Flexible 47. They Avoid Multi-tasking unless it is a rare emergency. 48. They also Avoid Task Hopping –when they feel overwhelmed from the magnanimity of the work ahead, they stop themselves from moving from one task to another, not finishing any. When you try to do several tasks simultaneously, you're only making your own job harder, and you'll get a lot less done in the process

49.They Create disciplined focus & will - When you focus on one single task, you're able to give it your best effort. And as a result, the output will likely be better.

  • 50.They appreciate that The feeling of "finishing" a task works as a huge motivator
  • 51.They Make Deadlines their Friend

  • All the following people are in the eternal Hall of Fame. All these people managed their Energies, Focus, Enthusiasm and Efforts to reach the level they are put on the pedestal.

Entire following part is taken from internet

CAN YOU NAME….

1. …a famous person who was defeated seven times while running for political office?

2. …a cartoonist who was told by the editor of the Kansas City newspaper, "It's easy to see from

these sketches that you have no talent."

3. …an author whose first children's book was rejected by 23 different publishers?

4. …a famous singer who was fired after his first performance at the Grand Ole Opry?

5. …a famous actress who dropped out of high school and held a variety of odd jobs, including

doing the hair and make-up for corpses, before finally succeeding in show business?

6. …a famous author who lived on welfare for years in an apartment infested with mice?

7. …a famous athlete who was cut from the varsity basketball team his sophomore year in high

school?

8. …an inventor who was thrown out of school in the early grades because his teachers thought he

couldn't learn?

9. …a famous Harvard University drop out?

10. …an inventor of a fried chicken recipe that was rejected by more than 1000 restaurant owners?

Important People Are Busy But Unimportant People Are Not

However lately, that image seems to have reversed. Today we seem to imagine the rich and successful to be always incredibly busy and overworked.

Are You workaholic yet take longer & longer to accomplish tasks

Being busy for the sake of being busy only means that you're spending your time for nothing.

A professional musician spends their time in a state of constant practice. Their skill and knowledge is always developing and increasing. They work in ways that are cognitively demanding but satisfying.

However, "knowledge workers", people who work in fields like tech or business, lack this and instead spend their time doing work that is repetitive, and doesn't really test us. As such they fill their time trying to do as much of this work as possible, without reason. The work is ultimately shallow.3

Improve Your Work-life

Most of the time when people are working, they aren't involving themselves in tasks that require much thought. If you work in ways that require deep thought, instead of being tired and overwhelmed by the constant desire to work unnecessarily, people will enjoy these three key benefits

  1. We will see continuous improvement in both the quality and value of our work output.
  2. A notable increase in the quantity of well produced work.
  3. Deeper satisfaction with work and the work you have produced.

The desire to work unnecessarily, overwhelming yourself in pointless tasks and long hours comes from a lack of satisfaction in your work itself.

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