“The Power of Full Engagement” is for a practical, science based guide for those who feel they are constantly burning the candle at both ends trying to balance their personal and professional obligations. This book proves one does not have to sacrifice their health in order to get ahead at work. Full of strategies, tips and techniques, readers will learn how to better manage their time and look after their health so they get more done while feeling their best.
My key Takeaways from “The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal" by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
Takeaway #1 Understanding Energy
There are 4 dimensions of energy that must be harmonized for us to succeed. These are physical energy, emotional energy, mental energy, and spiritual energy. If you lack physical energy you'll automatically lack the other 3 types of energy. Physical energy comes from exercising. Mental energy comes from being creative and maintaining a positive outlook on life. Spiritual energy comes from your integrity, passion, and character and can be boosted by volunteering. Emotional energy is managed by keeping your self-confidence and empathy on a high-note and being able to self-regulate.
We must build up our emotional, mental, and spiritual energies in exactly the same way as we do physical endurance – By pushing ourselves a little harder, a little further each time and then allowing enough recovery time. It might feel uncomfortable, especially to begin with, but with time and practice the benefits are seen and felt within us.
Takeaway #2 Increase Your Good Habits & Rituals
Following specific rituals, habits, and patterns ensure you keep each of your 4 energy levels topped up and results in you being able to complete all the tasks you need and want to do whether at work or in your personal life.
Good habits to maintain each of the 4 energy levels include getting enough quality sleep, staying hydrated, exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet of 5-7 small meals per day, practicing patience, being honest, planning the things you need to get done that day/week, staying positive and more. Negative habits, whether that's eating too much junk food, not getting enough sleep, rushing around because you didn't plan your day, and multitasking all drain your energy also depleting stored energy levels so that you feel sluggish.
Takeaway #3 Sprint Through Life and You'll Enjoy More Breaks!
Most people get through the workday (and indeed life) as if they're running a marathon, they'll multitask, work for 8 hours solid with only a 1 hour break, and at the end of the day wonder where the time went and what they actually achieved. In a nutshell, we spend too much of our lives using up our energy without taking the time to recover it. Just as a car needs to be filled up after a certain amount of mileage, so too must we take the time to 'fill up' each of our 4 energy levels!
By practicing oscillation, spending and then recovering our energy we can reach higher performance. Taking the work day for example, if you were to act like a sprinter, laser-focusing your energy and working on just 1 thing for 90-120 minutes you would achieve more in a shorter time.
Rest time is also vital, in the same way that athletes take rest days after training and competing, so too must you schedule in time to rest after intense times of mental and focused thought, even if the 'rest' is by doing some less-intensive work such as answering emails.