Players work hard. And in this day and time, so does the average person. A 60-hour work week isn’t that uncommon anymore. Some people have 2 jobs; others have a job and a side business. Plus many of us have mates and children, and all of these need our time and attention. When you don’t “feed” something time and energy, it eventually begins to “die” from lack of attention.
So for those that may need it, I present to you a Perspective on how to manage your time and therefore manage your energy.
Every human being, no matter their station in life, only has 24-hours in a day. And to have a productive life, you have to BE productive – meaning you have to PRODUCE something within those 24-hours.
Like water flowing through a water hose, energy must be allowed to flow freely at all times. You never want to have any bends or cramps in your “water-hose”. This blocks the free flow of energy.
When we talk about energy we are making reference to both physical and mental energy. You cannot apply Dominant (strong) Force if you have no energy. Concentration (check out the podcast on concentration [HERE]) will help tremendously when it comes to conserving mental energy. The more scattered your mind is, the more your overall energy is dispersed. And dispersed energy leaves you in a weakened mental and physical state.
Managing energy is making sure that your energy is applied in the proper areas as much as possible.
Look at it like a bank account. When you rest, sleep and eat properly (and exercise), you are depositing into your energy “bank account”. When you are going throughout your day-to-day work and Responsibilities you are making withdraws from this “bank account”.
At the end of your day, you want to ensure that your account isn’t in a deficit. Over time, a deficit of energy becomes more difficult to “catch up” on. And as you’re already aware, this weakens your overall effectiveness.
There’s a Hustler saying that goes, “Work now, rest when you’re dead,” and although this is true, this saying can be misinterpreted. Most people think it means to work and drive themselves as much as possible, as often as possible. This isn’t what that means.
The saying means that work should be the priority and everything else comes second. This doesn’t mean drive yourself into the ground; it means stay driven and spend the majority of your energy on your Purpose and goals. All work and no play? Not exactly – more like work first, play later. Much later…
The Law of 5 can be used here. You can learn more about that [HERE].
A hand has five fingers. Each finger represents 20%. Obviously five multiplied by 20 is 100. So your entire hand (or fist) is equal to 100%. A proper fist cannot be made without the thumb.
20% of your best efforts will yield 80% of your best results. Also known as the 80/20 Rule.
Now, when we apply this to energy management we want to put the best energy into the best areas and the remaining energy into the areas that just need minimal maintenance.
The following are the basic areas of time and energy investment. These areas are where your energy can and most likely will go almost everyday. This is not a “one-size-fits-all” list. I urge you to take this concept and create a list that suits your design for your life. Number 1 on your list should be the most important priority, and number 7 is the least important and therefore gets the least amount of your time and energy.
Using this list we have 7 main areas where we need to place our energy and time. Numbers 6 and 7 on your own personal list are where you can make cuts if needed.
A list like this is nothing that needs to be written down unless you want to have a constant reminder to look at. Your list of priorities can all be done mentally. When you are faced with doing one thing over another, you will now have a basis of where your energy should be going. This allows you to make the best decision possible in that moment.
Remember, just 5% of the worst and weakest causes can create up to 60% of your worst situations (simply, the worst 20% of 20% will create the worst 80% of 80%). So if you’re constantly operating at a high level (having Dominant Force), you can lessen negative effects in your life.
Effectively managing energy can be compared to breathing. You breathe in and exhale out. You store energy (inhale) and then you expend energy (exhale). This must be constant flow, just like the unbent water hose. Energy is to be used. You can’t constantly, "hold your breath". And you must breathe in after you exhale.
Remember you want to keep your overall energy bank from going into the red (negative). Sometimes an effective day away from everything is a huge “bank deposit”. It will allow you to come back with a fresh Perspective on certain situations and you may even come back with new ideas and better clarity.
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