Old School: Time Management
For decades now, there has been a tremendous emphasis in leadership and management circles regarding time management. Perhaps you’ve read some of the following books and are familiar with the time management concepts of these authors:
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- The One-Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard
- Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
These books are all great resources and contain wonderful time management concepts. In our ever-changing, fast-paced digital, information overload world, time is a precious resource that is getting more difficult to manage with each passing day.
Time management is an attempt to become more efficient in our processing and scheduling of time in order to do even more. The problem with this approach is that we expend additional energy to accomplish more in our schedules and to-do lists. As a result over time, we lose energy and focus and end up accomplishing less than we were before.
A better approach in today’s age is energy management. Here’s what I am talking about.
New School: Energy Management
All of us have specific capacities of energy in our spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical lives. If we don’t cycle through by using these capacities to their greatest extent as well as renewing these energies, then we can become less effective, difficult to deal with, and maybe even downright moody.
Let me give you two quick examples with commentary.
First: Spiritual Capacity. As a Christian, I need to be connected to a God-purpose that is bigger than myself. I receive energy and renewal through the power of the Holy Spirit. In order to engage the power of the Holy Spirit, I must be active in my faith through carrying about the great commission as well as using the gifts and abilities God has given me for ministry. I must not only be active in my faith and using my gifts to their greatest capacity, but I also need to spend time renewing that Holy Spirit capacity through reading and meditating on God’s Word, time in prayer, and worshiping in church each week.
Second: Physical Capacity. My physical body needs to be pushed to its fullest capacity. I must move! I need to create rituals of both aerobic exercise and strength training. I need to expend physical energy in order to receive more energy that will assist me in being fully engaged in the workplace as well as at home. I renew my physical energy capacity through proper rest, recreation, excellent eating habits, and physical exercise each day.
Focus Your Life On Energy Management
I can testify from first-hand experience that a focus on energy management in the areas of spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical has an unbelievable impact on your life, family, and work in every way.
I highly recommend a great book resource I just finished reading a few days ago: The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. Check out the link below for more information.
Questions: are you still engaged in old-school time management principles, or have you discovered the power of full engagement through energy management? If you are familiar with these energy management principles, what has been your own personal experience with this approach?