Earlier this month I was talking to one of my mentors about managing energy. A person's energy reservoir is one of his or her most valuable assets, and learning to steward that properly can be a challenge for some. It certainly is for me. Everyone has triggers, activities, even people (you know what I am talking about!) that can bring them more energy or suck up their energy. Do you know what those are for you?
It is critically important to understand and learn your personal energy cycle so that to the best of your ability, you are depositing energy into areas and things that steer you towards productivity, positivity and possibility. Sounds easy in theory, now how about in practice?
To better understand what my personal energy flow looks like, I am going through a two week exercise where I am charting down on a daily basis what/who brought me energy throughout my day and what/who depleted me of energy. Note: We don't live in a perfect world so we can't always do the things or be around what energizes us, but we can make concerted efforts to understand where our energy is best spent, then adjust, and manage better.
In addition to this, my mentor encouraged me to set six goals to be accomplished in six weeks (6 in 6). These goals are intended to be discrete, and attainable. They also will help me be intentional about what “things” I am putting my energy and focus into for the near term. I don't know why but thinking about this exercise got me SO hype, lol. I actually dabbed. Goal setting is definitely is one of those activities that brings me energy.
I have established my goals for the next six weeks and already begun executing. I'd like to challenge you to join me in this exercise. If six goals is too far-fetched, that’s totally ok. Start off with 1, 2 or 3... I divided my six into three categories: work, personal, and spiritual/mental health and set two goals for each. Feel free to tailor your goals to whatever works for you.
- What are things that will bring you energy? How does your energy ebb and flow? Spend just a few minutes each day reflecting and writing down how your energy was spent, what increased it? What decreased it?
- Set near-term goals (i.e. 6 goals to be accomplished in 6 week)? Track and monitor progress towards these daily, or weekly.
To up the ante on this, perhaps some of you might want to try this with a partner or group. It always helps to have an accountability partner. Let's do this!