Manage Energy Not Time!

As I talk to Teachers and Teacher Entrepreneurs across the country they all seem to have the same struggle…there is not enough time in the day.  It seems that there is always more to do and not enough time to get it done.  Read on to find out how to end this struggle!

I have struggled for years to find the perfect time management strategy.  It turns out, I may have been fighting the wrong battle.  In their book The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal authors Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz suggest that “Energy is the X factor that makes it possible to fully ignite talent and skill.” Energy is the key ingredient to success that most of us never consider.  Time is a finite resource, but energy is an infinite resource.

Loehr and Schwartz contend that we tend to look at life as a marathon where we keep plodding along through an endless series of tasks.  These tasks consume time and energy.  They believe we should look at life as a series of sprints.  The sprints are the “Time on Task” and the times in between are activities that renew us.  The “marathoner” sees time off task as wasted time.  The “sprinter” sees that time as productive because it provides rest and renewal which provide energy for the next sprint.

I know this time of year is especially grueling for you.  My hope is that this post gives you hope that there is a better way and even inspires you to pick up the book and learn how you can better manage your energy.  You still need to manage your time effectively, but if you learn to manage your energy I think you’ll be surprised at how much more productive your time is.  You’re already doing great things!  Imagine being able to do them better, more efficiently and feeling more energized at the end!

I have only recently implemented the strategies in the book in my own life but the difference in my energy level and productivity have been significant!

Before the end of this post I need to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to Michael Hyatt who recommended this book through one of his podcasts.  It has been life changing!

How do you currently manage your energy?  Please use the comments section below to respond.

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