Manage your energy, not your time.
TIME.TIME.TIME. I don’t have time. What time is it? There’s never enough time in the day. I’m late. Time to go. Our budgeting of time really takes up a lot of space no? Have you ever heard something – and it’s a game changer? I was recently at a seminar for women in business with a cool facilitator named Julie Delene. At one point during the seminar, Julie said, "Manage your energy,...not your time.”
Personally speaking, learning this particular lesson has been a long row to hoe, but I tell you if you can get this one figured out? You are getting some things dialed.in.
The challenge I hear often as a trainer is “not having enough time”. And you know what? It’s valid. In this day and age, it’s hard to carve out some time and space for yourself to exercise and do some self care.
But I propose that it is in this space – and in the honoring of this space – that you can bring some balance back into your life.
It seems like everyone’s forgotten themselves. They forget to put themselves in the mix. They give to their kids. They give to their house. They give to their partner. They give to their job. They give to their friends. They give to their family. They give to their spiritual community. They give to their volunteer work. They give to their kids’ school. They give and give and give and give.
But they never ask, what do I need?
So. What about you? Are you creating some space for you to move and honor your health? Are you creating some space for some self-care in whatever form that takes? Are you taking time for quiet? Are you taking time to refill your well in whatever form works for you? (For me it’s quiet, tea, book, or a run with loud music…)
Because these are energy fillers. These are things that fill your energy well.
It takes some doing. It really does. You have to CARVE it out from somewhere. And the worry of many is that some other things will suffer…
But what about you?
Making time to exercise and fill your well does a few things: *You honor yourself as part of the equation. If you’ve forgotten yourself, now – you remember. *You are expending energy yes, but you are also creating energy. *You are filling your well that may be depleted from all of the giving. *You are upping the chemicals in your body that = HAPPINESS. *You are feeling more confident as the result of moving your body. *You are more relaxed. *You are more 'ready' to deal with the things on your list.
If we paid more attention to our well of energy instead of our time, we'd be more in balance. If we were MINDFUL of that delicate balance within, we’d pay more attention to the energy credits/debits of our souls.
What feeds you? What fills your well? What nourishes your spirit? How do you replenish?
What drains you? What do you need to replenish from? What taxes you?
It is a checks and balances of sorts. And so many people concentrate on the time aspect --doing this from x time to z time without paying attention to their energy. Not paying attention to the fact that they.are.tapped.out.
Manage your energy, not your time. Give it a shot for one week. Pay attention to your beautiful self for one week. Are you tired? Sleep. Are you stressed? Exercise. Are you disconnected? Meditate. Are you…whatever? Meet that withdrawal with a deposit. Try to keep your well full for one week. You are so worth it.