I have recently read an excellent book on a topic that is related to time management.
It is titled The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz.
While the title is a little too long (I believe in short and sweet stuff), the message of the book is critical.
Time management experts, consultants, and authors all labor with identifying techniques for finding you more time during the day. And, these are to some degree valuable (although I will never be able to execute on half of them).
What I can understand, however, and what is the premise of the book above is that the real variable is ENERGY not time. Time without the requisite energy - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual - is, well excuse the pun, "a waste of time."
Efficacy toward your goals is to some degree about having the time to execute. BUT, it is also about having the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy you need to execute. If you lack the level of energy you need to be at your best, then the additional time to perform below the requisite level for achievement does you no darn good.
Loehr and Schwartz's book give a detailed understanding of what each of us can do to maximize our energy in all four of our human actions (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual).
In subsequent blog posts, I am going to summarize for you what I have learned from this well-written and researched book.
Jim Randel is the founder and author of The Skinny On book series, condensed explanations of important life skills. Randel's books are currently best sellers in China - three of his e-books in the top 100 best-selling e-books in China. The Skinny on Time Management is #10 on the e-book best seller list in China, and #2 on Amazon.com's list of best-selling e-books in Chinese.
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