MANAGE YOUR TEAM ENERGY
that working longer hours and days don’t necessarily increase productivity. As
work hours increase, there is a point at which everyone approaches diminishing
returns for their efforts.
Leaders who focus on managing their energy rather than their time typically find that they don’t need more time; they just needed to do the right type of work when they have the most capacity. Once they recognize the patterns, they are capable of organizing their days accordingly.
By managing energy, you can bring your best performance to whatever task is at hand. You can achieve results that are far superior to the incremental gains you might get from time management techniques.
- Recognize the Race You Need to Run
You may have heard the saying, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” When you are aiming to deliver high performance on a critical, lengthy work project; you should reduce your pace, so you don’t burn out during the long slog ahead of you.
- Be an Energizer
Think about the times when you’re most able to listen, be fully present, and energize others. Build more of those interactions into your day, and you’ll find that your team’s performance gets a boost, too.
You have a better chance at more rewarding life experiences if you are doing things that have meaning to you. If they help you find purpose, that’s even better. The energy that flows to you when you feel inspired and valuable is a deep well of energy that rejuvenates even as you work.
- Embrace the Break
You’ll know when you are entering a trough because you’ll start yawning, feel restless, get hungry and have trouble concentrating, according to researchers.
The good news is that after several minutes of removing yourself from an activity you’ve been focused on for an hour or two, your reservoir of energy will refill. You have to find ways to disengage. Examples include walking to another place and back, sparking up a conversation about something other than work, and listening to music. If you work at motion-repetitive tasks, or must stand or squat in one position, you might need breaks more frequently to reduce physical fatigue.
- Sprint Through Your Tasks
The idea is to fully focus for 90 to 120 minutes, take a break, and then move to the next task. If tasks don’t take that long, then focus on a series of similar tasks.
- Don’t Be a Professional Pretzel
Being a professional pretzel—i.e., twisting into someone other than yourself—is exhausting work.
In short, managing your energy means being authentic at work and encouraging others to do the same. Discover and play to your signature strengths and make room for your team to play to theirs. As a result, you’ll be able to unleash greater performance as a team.
Time steadily passes, and you can’t control it; but your energy flows in waves that you can control. When you take control of your energy, time slips into the background, leaving you to focus on what’s important right now.
This is intended as general advice and should not be interpreted as legal advice. Each situation is unique and requires specific analysis of relevant contracts, facts and legal obligations.
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