Managing Energy Is More Important Than Managing Time

Off late there have been enormous focus on the workplace efficiency and off course companies can do wonders in simply diverting the focus to the right direction. Mostly organizations focus on skills, competencies and other similar development aspects. In spite of some limited efforts, some companies are experimenting with the other aspects of developing efficiencies i.e. energy. A widely referenced example is Wachovia Bank where energy programs boosted productivity. Many companies like Ernst & Young, Sony, Deutsche Bank, Nokia, ING Direct, Ford, and MasterCard adopting similar approaches: Making a separate quite room for meditation, promoting healthy food habits, a must paid on leave in year etc.

Apart from the efforts from organizations, I have always felt the need to individual efforts. Each one of us are responsible to manage our personal and professional life. It is more of a personal urge rather than forced through organizations.

“ The longer I live, the more deeply I am convinced that which makes the only difference between one man and another – between the weak and the powerful, the great and the insignificant – is energy : invincible determination: a purpose once formed and then death or victory.”     Buxton

These lines by thinker Buxton rightly reflect the unbounding facts. You are not always productive all the time even if you are present. Your presence with focused energy is more important than simply your presence. And the context is very clear. You need to manage your energy and not the time. Shift your focus and I am sure you will see the results in a very short time.

There are some critical human aspects which you need to give attention to in order to understand the energy elements. It is more than anything else that you understand your own connection to some of the key elements which are critical for your professional and personal life. Today I want to reflect on some of the aspects which all of us should give to attention to.

Your Connection to You: Emotions: This is the prime factor. The quality of our profession/personal life depends on how we train our mind since our childhood (and even after) to manage emotions. It is much more important than your formal education to know that “how you should feel and how you should react” to a given situation. We all have struggle through our life to change some of our perception habits and related responding behaviors. This reminds me a quote from an English writer who happens to be one of my favorite “Charlotte Bronte”. She wrote the below lines which in a way also in pretext to her own short lived life (she died at the age of 38) and there is lot of wisdom we can draw on…

“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”     Charlotte Bronte

In any undecided situation, I would strongly suggest to take a positive route completely forgetting the outcome. It is important to nurture your emotions and you should not be judgmental all the time even if your profession is designed to make you so. At least you will be at peace with yourself. If you manage and nurture your emotions like your routine job, you can save lot of energy to put in at right place. The great philosopher, author Khalil Gibran explain this connection so perfectly with below lines..

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”    Khalil Gibran

“Your relationship with you” is very important and largely derives the quality of energy and rhythm brings in your life and your surroundings.

Your connection with Nature: We as a human being are part of this universe. We exist in totality in presence of everything. Evaluate if your work has taken you away from nature. Alarm yourself and get ready to reboot if you don’t feel the presence of nature around you. Alienating from nature sucks your energy and can completely divert you from life. One of the greatest writer, poet and philosopher Lord Byron once wrote the below lines which has always been my favorites.

“There is a pleasure in the path less woods,

There is rapture on the lonely shore,

There is a society non intrudes,

Bye the deep sea, and music in its roar,

I love not man the less, but nature more”.

Lord Byron

Keep evolving your love for nature and always urge for the closeness. Believe me; this will give you enough energy to fight the odds and move ahead. The great Dutch painter Van Gough once wrote….

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream”.    Van Gough

 Your relationship with nature connects you with the universe and fuels your abundant energy.

Your connection to your body: What you eat and how much you exercise is extremely important. If you want to go beyond an average life then make sure you take care of your body more than average. If you smoke or even have bad food habits then change. Your eating habits and lifestyle can be major cause for draining your energy. The rag to riches story of American entrepreneur and author “Jim Rohn” is well known. There is a famous quote of him about health and always referenced in similar context.

 “Take care of the body. It’s the only place you have to live”. Jim Rohn

Your connection to your surroundings, peers, family, nature, own self and everything around you can boost your spirit or can even bring you down. It is extremely important to be in harmony with each such element which you consider important. I personally feel that your harmonious connection to your universe also bring in positivity and directs your energy to the purpose of your life.

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