Nowadays, we have many tools to help us in business. Yet, they must be controlled so that they do not control us. Telephone, emails, Facebook, Twitter, Texts, not to mention the mail and our team members all vying for our time. To benefit form these tools, personal discipline is paramount. You must use your time wisely.
Studies show that, at work, we are interrupted or distracted every three minutes. Then it takes 23 minutes to get back on task on average. Most people constantly check their emails – 30 times a day and the i-phone, up to 50 times a day. Studies show we are spending 200% more time on theses devices than we were 3 years ago. The digital world can drain and overwhelm you in our increasingly complex world.
This digital world can make you stumble into a rabbit hole of time and energy consumption. Or you can get your office game on. Many of us have organized our time, striving to be efficient and developing routines to get more work done, yet only few of us have considered upgrading our thought process and doing things to recover and remain energized.
The number of hours in a day remains constant. Management will get you only so far. Getting the most out of our time means striking the right balance between high performance and renewal periods: in other words developing resiliency. Resiliency, the ability to recover and be energized, is what we require to perform on the job.
Just like an elite athlete, business owners must find the balance between training and recovery, so we will be in top form for day of the game, the day of the race, the day we must perform at our very best. Any athlete will underperform on race day, if thoughts wander toward topics other than the race itself.
Whether you are an athlete, entrepreneur, president, technician, designer or stay-at-home mom, energy management is something you take control of. Never let your environment decide the course of your day. Energy mismanagement, not only creates problems with performance at work, but could negatively affect you personal health and well being.
Peter Jensen, professor at Queen’s School of Business in Kingston, Ontario recommends:
- develop your capacity to focus on one thing at a time
- multitasking does not work – we waste time and energy every day by not sticking to what we are doing.
Paraphrased form Joanne Richard, Edmonton Sun.