Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: wikimedia.commons
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What makes you happy or gives you energy? It is easy to get carried away in everyday life and be around distractions that take you further away from knowing what gives you energy – and what takes it away.
This is the time to tap into one of the sources of why you might have enough energy to be a parent, an employee, a friend, a colleague, a sibling and still have energy to do something for yourself – or not.
Most have a hard time fulfilling all roles, with good reason. We live in a high-speed world and a time-is-money kind of society. Do we have to agree with what we are pushed to do? It’s up to us to decide.
There are ways to save your energy. When does it drop? When do you feel on top of your game?
Imagine a horizontal bar at 0. You do a task that requires effort. You are now below that bar. You become sick. You are now even lower. When this continues, and you are going even lower, you become exhausted and this could lead to you being burnt out. At this point it becomes very challenging to get back above that bar.
Now imagine that same bar, and you do something energizing. This brings you above that bar.
You do another energizing thing, and you have a reserve of energy. At this point, you notice that your reserve keeps you above the bar, even if expend energy.
Here are efficiency strategies, to help you reserve energy.
Identify what gives you energy and what takes it away.
The Core Values Index, a values assessment framework developed by American business management company Taylor Protocols, is one tool that can be used. It takes less than 10 minutes to take and is said to be 94 per cent reliable. You can send me an email if you would like to try it.
Writing a “happy” list and a “tolerating” list is another way to gain awareness.
Create a reserve of energy.
Do something that gives you energy before doing something that takes it away. We are so used to celebrating after we do something challenging. By reversing this, the challenging task could be a lot more enjoyable and easier to do. And why not do something that gives you energy before and after a task that is more challenging?
Do something about the tasks that require a lot of effort.
There might be a task that you really dislike to do. The first question is: Do I have to do this or can someone else around me do it? Some people love the tasks that you dislike to do. If you have to do this task, can you make it more enjoyable? If you are creative, can you add colour, music, dancing? If you are more practical, can you add more structure or direction?
Would you like more guidance on how to create that reserve of energy? Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have a question or if you would like to share what has worked for you.