The heading of this post is taken directly from an article authored by Shwartz, T; McCarthy, C, “Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time” Harvard Business Review (October 2007).
Tony Schwartz and Catherine McCarthy focus on companies and their employees. Their recommendations, however, apply to those individuals committed to finding better jobs, changing careers or establishing their own consulting practices.
Business executives are expecting greater performance from their employees. To the people they manage, this translates into “Work harder, spend more time at the office.” What staff and management are coming to realize is this unspoken but assimilated mantra doesn’t work. Staff are finding themselves physically exhausted, psychologically disengaged, and being treated by their physicians for a variety of stress-induced illnesses. They are searching for landing places at healthier employment workplaces.
The same dynamic holds true for those who are unemployed, seeking more rewarding jobs, or considering jumping off the corporate treadmill and launching businesses.
So what do Schwartz and McCarthy suggest? They zero in on four sets of personal energy: physical energy, emotional energy, mental energy, and spiritual energy.
Tune in tomorrow to learn specific ways you can increase your energy in each of these domains.