Balancing Time and Energy

As the demands of the workplace keep rising, many employees respond by putting in even longer hours. This inevitably leads to burnout, which in turns costs both the organization and the employee. Most people do not realize that they could be overwhelmed at times and need to re-energize. Increasing the energy capacity is the best way to get more efficient and enhance your work performance.

Stephen R. Covey, the author of ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ has some helpful insights on how to balance one’s time and energy. He advocates to “Sharpen the Saw’, by which he means, “Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health for living an effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, prayer (meditation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to society for spiritual renewal.”

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Time is an important factor, it is a finite resource, but energy on the other hand, is different. Energy has four wellsprings- the body, emotions, mind, and spirit. In each of the source, it can be systematically expanded and renewed. For example, harnessing the body’s rhythms by taking regular breaks reestablishes physical energy. Another alternative is to reject the role of a victim and instead, view events with more positivity and hope. This defuses energy-draining negative emotions. As for restoring mental energy, it is a good idea to avoid constant distractions that technology around us tends to introduce. Instead, participating in interactive activities that can give a sense of meaning and purpose boosts the spirit.

Multinational companies like Ernst & Young, Sony, Deutsche Bank, and similar others have observed that a group of employees who went through an energy management program outperformed a controlled group on important financial metrics. When organizations invest in all dimensions of their employees’ lives, individuals respond by bringing all their energy wholeheartedly to work– and both the organization and it’s people grow in value.

Balancing time and energy can be tricky, but one can learn with ease. Hybrid Learning Programs tend to incorporate Business Simulation Games, Experiential Learnings, Leadership Treks, and workshops on similar themes to help professionals learn about balancing time and energy effectively.

 

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