I am always struck by how much we allow our most valuable asset – out energy – to be scattered and used up in ways that ultimately don’t make us happy or move us closer to our goals. Our energy carries with it all of the most important parts of us – our focus, our talents, our time. Yet it’s extremely common to feel like it’s gone before we notice how we spent it. It can be incredibly powerful and impactful to harness and channel our energy in an intentional way.
When’s the last time you took stock of how you invest your energy? In your career, in your personal time? If you haven’t take 30 minutes and just try to map it out. Don’t even make a change yet – just observe and jot down what you see. For me this is less about minute-by-minute precise time mapping and more about the headlines – what is consuming your ENERGY and what trade-offs are we making (even if unintentionally)? How do we feel about what we see?
It’s not just a question of how we divide and balance our time, even within work time or within our family or personal time we have the ability to have a fundamentally different result if we are thoughtful and deliberate about what matters most and deserves our energy.
- at work, how much of your time is reserved for those priorities that you want and need to advance vs the time consumed by satisfying other peoples requests for your time no matter your important? Have you clearly define those priorities that you personally should invest your energy into – those that you are uniquely qualified to really advance and shape and influence? Maybe
- at home, have you allowed yourself to over schedule you family time and crowded out the ability to just BE as a family, or cook together, or play a game, or take a walk, etc. Or maybe you are holding onto a sense of perfectionism about what you life should look like and using all of your spare cycles to approximate that image … sacrificing family time you would enjoy to chase that goal?
- have you reserved a portion of your energy for something to nourish yourself personally – whether rest or physical activity or a creative outlet? Or is that also being crowded out? in the community, are you investing even a small part of your energy in something that you care deeply about in the world?
We cannot manufacture more energy, but we can absolutely recapture wasted energy and focus it differently with huge dividends.
Are you a mile wide and only an inch deep on many things with your valuable energy scattered everywhere? And if you were to narrow and channel your energy – what deserves to rise to the top?
Very interested to hear your reflections about energy and what your experience is in this space.