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
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 time1. 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
7.Soft skills to develop
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?
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
The Various Energies that we have
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
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
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.
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
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 chessB. 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
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
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 themselves46. 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.
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
8. …an inventor who was thrown out of school in the early grades because his teachers thought he
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
We used to imagine the rich and successful to have lives of leisure. We saw them as people who took long, luxurious vacations, who ate at the best restaurants and enjoyed expensive hobbies.
Their wealth and success meant that they were free to enjoy their time exactly as they liked, and no longer were forced to work stressful, long hours like the rest of us.
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.3Improve 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
The desire to work unnecessarily, overwhelming yourself in pointless tasks and long hours comes from a lack of satisfaction in your work itself.