Manage your energy (not your time)

By Posted in - Downtime on November 2nd, 2011 0 Comments

I love this post from our friends at Brains on Fire – especially the link to this thought-provoking article from the Harvard Business Review that sheds new light on the idea “work smarter, not harder.”

Many people respond to rising demands in the workplace by putting in longer hours. Makes sense, right? But working harder than normal will inevitably take a toll on a person, leading to declining levels of engagement and increased distraction.

Time is a finite resource. Energy is a different story.

Too few of us choose to build and sustain our capacity – our energy – which is typically taken for granted.  In fact, greater energy makes it possible to get more done in less time at a higher level of engagement and with more sustainability.

As the HBR article notes, when you make time to get plenty of rest and exercise, you can get way more of a return on energy than if you would have sacrificed that time working.

On that note, how do you find time to relax? What return on investment do you see taking downtime?

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