What Do You Need More, Time or Energy?

If you could have more time or more energy, which would you choose?

I’m going to get bold and make the case that many of your challenges would be overcome if you had more energy.

If you’re like me trying to control time, you take things off your schedule only to find other things have filled that briefly open space. As a result of your effort, you still don’t have any extra time. What you’ve got is a new routine.

In this episode I’m laying out why you are better served by finding the best ways to renew your energy, rather than looking for more time.

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How Energy Makes the Difference in Performance

The coaching process I use with my clients is called the Core Energy Coaching process. At its foundation is the science that we are largely made of energy and that our beliefs, thoughts, feelings and actions have an energetic signature that either depletes or restores us.

All day long we are thinking thoughts that are renewing or depleting our energy.

This phenomenon was written about in the book, The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz.

The subtitle of this book is “Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal.”

Has this ever happened to you? You carved out time to work on a project. When that time came you were too cranky, tired, hungry or restless to focus on the task and get it done.

You had the time, but you did not have the energy.

The reason you couldn’t focus was that your energy was tapped out. You needed to do something to restore your energy before you could take advantage of the time to work on your project.

When you are depleted, you may find yourself reaching for your phone to scroll or watch YouTube videos. Lately I’m into Instagram reels of goldendoodles.

We instinctively do this because we want to find something that will calm us down, let us check out for a while or find a good laugh.

These strategies work in the short term but they are not the best sources of energy. You end up spending precious time and only gain a small amount of energy to make it to the end of the day.

Keep your energy high so when the time presents itself to get something done, you are all-in and ready to go.

How to Renew Your Energy

Rather than constantly responding reactively to low energy try adding in some activities that will renew your energy and prevent your energy from crashing.

Here is a list of things that proactively renew your energy. Obviously, their opposites drain your energy, so keep that in mind.

I’ve broken the activities into categories but be sure blend activities from each category in your day or week.

For Your Physical Energy

  • Sleep
  • Good Nutrition
  • Hydration
  • Exercise or movement
  • Stretching
  • Conscious breathing

Your Mental Energy

  • Keeping life simple
  • Minimizing decision-making and
  • Make decisions in a timely manner
  • Consume content that stimulates your mind (TED talks are great for this)
  • Have stimulating conversations
  • Communicate clearly to prevent confusion and ask that those around you do the same.

For Your Emotional and spiritual energy

  • Activities that bring you joy
  • Spending time with happy, positive people
  • Spending time with animals and being out in nature
  • Being of service and acts of kindness
  • Taking time for reflection

Would you add anything to this list? Go to the post that accompanies this episode and leave a comment letting us know what you do to keep your energy high.

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As always, I hope this was of value to you and here’s to your success!


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