Defined in physics as the capacity to work, energy comes from four main wellsprings in human beings: the body, mind, emotions and spirit. In each area, energy can be systematically expanded and regularly renewed by establishing specific rituals and behaviors that are intentionally practiced and precisely scheduled, with the goal of making them an integral part of your routine. Strategies, rituals and behaviors that, in time, become automatic through repetition and ultimately even unconsciously performed.
No matter how well you schedule your time, if you don't have the personal energy to fulfill your commitments, things may not get done efficiently and effectively. Time management is about planning how much time you have in a day for meetings, work, meal planning, parental activities, connecting with friends, personal downtime to prepare for or recoup from the day and many other activities. When there is additional pressure and responsibilities, as humans, we tend to work longer hours without breaks, try to multitask, and can function on willpower alone. We may achieve more on the short-term, yet time is a finite category and as such can only be managed to a certain extent. Long term, this behavior will lead to lack of engagement and productivity, lack of focus, lack of satisfaction, loss of friends, overreactions, deteriorating health, burnout and other potential issues.
What if you understood your daily energy cycles? Athletes need to alternate periods of training and recovery to be successful. Same as with sleep during the night, we go through alternating cycles of light sleep, deep sleep and dream sleep. Research has shown that our energy levels also function on an ultradian rhythm, alternating between high and low energy cycles during the day. We need to take advantage of high energy periods and either recharge or rest when our energy levels are low. Otherwise, our energy levels will continue to decline until we hit rock bottom, which happens much sooner than we think. It's a simple equation, without recovery, it is not possible to sustain high levels of productivity and function through life in an efficient and effective manner.
At Interpersonal Discovery, we help people understand their four key reservoirs of energy and build capacity by teaching them how to manage their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy levels. You can learn these behaviors, along with many tips and tools that help you move seamlessly between spending and renewing your energy. You can attend our workshops and seminars on energy management to gain a high level understanding of the behaviors, tips and techniques, or work with us on an individual basis to address your specific life situations.