How many of you wish you had a few more hours in a day to finish your to-do list at work?
A to-do list that keeps piling up with tasks that are urgent, but not important. A list that seems never ending! Worse, you rarely find the time to do work that is important and meaningful. If only time was on your side…
What if your time is not the issue? Instead, managing your energy is the real challenge.
When you immerse in activities you love, can you not go on endlessly?
Does it not feel like you are unstoppable as your performance levels skyrocket?
Many people keep asking me how in God’s name do I find time to be a full-time entrepreneur, travel across the world during five weeks for not-for-profit work, design and facilitate customized crisis simulation workshops for different clients across the globe, and be a single mother to a six-year old?
Spending time with my son and transforming the workforce in the 21st Century by leveraging my character strengths, is what fulfills me at my core. I invest a lot of energy in the first P of our Five P’s formula, so I can thrive in all the other P’s.
Investing in personal fulfillment, will result in improved performance levels, which in turns leads to increased productivity. People are able to generate more output in less time and with more energy.
Still, Nadja how do you manage a full-time job, a family and do what you love?
Self-awareness and learning how to tap and use your energy source to manage yourself will go a long way.
Here are my five tips to on how you can start today to manage your energy instead of your time:
1. Positive versus negative energy
Recognise what triggers your positive and your negative energy levels by turning inwards. By tuning into your emotional early-warning indicators, you will learn which situations and people make you feel energized and those people that drain you. Then it is your choice to set boundaries and have a zero-tolerance policy for everything that consumes you. Or at least ensure minimal damage to your positive energy levels. Some people we just can’t fire out of our lives!
2. Experiment, Experiment and Experiment
Loving your work is the slogan of the 21st Century. Do what you love, follow your passion, do what makes you happy are all very true but often have abstract meanings for many, especially for younger generations. Because how should they know what they love? How do they know what their endless energy source is?
Well, how do you know if you like chocolate cake? You taste it. If your taste buds get stimulated in a positive sense, congratulations, chocolate is your favourite new snack! If not, try something else and you will find out what does work for your taste buds.
Navigating the workforce challenges is based on the same principle.You just do it, take on the full experience and find out what drives you and what makes you cringe. Develop your early-warning indicators to recognize positive versus negative energy levels. Then adopt strategies and techniques which work for you in your workplace. Communicate your needs and boundaries and develop empathy for your team member’s needs as well. Have frank conversations on how you can generate organizational excellence based on your personal fulfillment.
3. Focus on what works
The “appreciative inquiry” model, helps us focus on what works instead of what does not work.
It allows you to use your energy to build the new, take forward what works and let go of energy that is holding you and your team members back. This technique can boost team-work to a new level of excellence.
Instead of always focusing on how things used to be, how you always performed tasks a certain way because you never unlearned old workplace habits is preventing you from growing into your full potential. It is also keeping your organization behind the transformation curve as companies loose their competitive advantage if they stop innovating.
Change can be scary especially if you don’t know what it means for you personally. Learn to leverage your emotional intelligence, focus on what does work and use your unique talent and skillsets to unleash your innovation potential.
If you are able to translate your own work in how it fits with organizational strategic objectives, your leadership will notice!
4. Seek out positive energy
If you surround yourself with toxic people, emotional manipulators or energy vampires, or just people who make their living revolve around complaint and negativity; you will be sucked into a vicious never ending circle. Wish them well, let go and leave by having a zero-tolerance policy for negative energy from others.
Instead, surround yourself with people who have perpetuating energy levels and inspire you to unlock your full potential.
5. The progress principle
A renowned motivational and keynote speaker, Mel Robbins, explains in this video the simple and critical concept of progress principle. If you focus on one thing a day that matters to you will yield progress in your life and help unlock your true potential.
If you make a decision at the outset of the day that you will do one thing that matters to you the most, and everything else takes a backseat for the next time, you will feel greater personal fulfillment and take pride in your achievements at the end of the day. You will feel the positive energy that will fuel you to do the same the next day, and the next and the days after next.
Start investing in fostering greater personal fulfillment. Talk to your employer and be frank about what you need in the workplace to help you improve your performance levels, so that you can be more productive and help them generate increased profits and/or purpose.
Are you an organization struggling to motivate and inspire your workforce to find meaning and purpose in their work? Schedule your Discovery Session and find out how Nadja can inspire your workforce to increase their performance levels and unlock your full organizational potential!