“Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.” ~ J Loehr & Tony Schwartz
We have been coaching leaders and executives for over a decade and it is not unusual for us to hear a client talk about wanting to have more time. Unfortunately, time is one of those things we cannot change. We all have the same number of minutes in a day, days in a week and even weeks in a year. So why do we seem to say, “if only I had more time?”
Of course, we can always get better control of how we use our time, but to reach a higher level of potential, performance and productivity, we CAN work to increase our energy capacity. The more positive energy we have, the more we can accomplish.
In John Maxwell’s book, No Limits, John asks several questions that can help you maximize energy. Take a few moments to review these questions and your life. Affirm yourself in your answers and adjust when needed.
1. The Plug-in Question: When am I fully charged?
When you are fully charged, you can get more done with little effort. These are the times you feel good about yourself physically, emotionally, and overall well-being. To be fully charged, Tom Rath in his book, Are Your Fully Charged?, says these three conditions are required:
Meaning – doing something that benefits someone else.
Interactions – creating more positive than negative moments
Energy – making choices to improve your mental & physical health
2. The Depletion Question: What wears me down?
When I was a little girl, my parents always told me (with good intentions) that I could do and be anything I wanted. In reality, that simply isn’t the truth. There were some things I wouldn’t be very good at because I didn’t have the abilities, strengths or gifts to do it! For example, at one point I thought I could be an accountant. But, math was not something that came easy for me—at all! Yes, I could have used all of my energy and time to master math and accounting, but I probably would not have enjoyed it and been drained a lot of the time!
What sucks the life out of you?
Who do you spend time with that drains you?
3. The Proximity Question: How Accessible are My Energy Plusses?
Who are the people who affirm and encourage you?
Who makes you laugh?
What is it that lifts you up and refreshes you?
Hopes & dreams?
4. The 100 Percent Question: When do I need to be full of energy? Color code those times where 100% is needed each day. You typically don’t need to operate at 100% every waking hour.
Look at your calendar and mark those things that require 100% of your energy.
Determine what things on your calendar require less energy.
5. The Margin Question: Where is the space I need, but haven’t planned? This is space that is meant for you to recover from the demands of work and life psychologically and emotionally…which must be done to operate at our best at work and in life.
When are those times on your calendar you have left open for the unexpected?
When do you schedule time just for you? It might be time with a trainer or gym, a session with a life coach, 18 holes of golf with a friend, or simply engaging in something you enjoy.
So, sit back, and think seriously about the what, how, and who in your life that give you greater energy or zap you of energy. Once you have done that, think about those areas that you need to adjust to better maximize your energy and the energy of those around you. There is a table below to help guide your thinking!
We coach all of our Executive & Leadership clients on energy capacity. Let us know if you or someone you know needs some coaching in this area! #nolimits #energycapacity #margin