Explore the capacity to do work.
- Have you ever noticed that we're all in such a rush these days? So when someone gives you their full energy and attention, it actually feels kind of unexpected but wonderful. Getting this type of energy boost can make all the difference in your work. It's something I like to call a neural nudge. It literally lights up the brain and primes you to do your best work which means we can actually get more done in less time without all the stress related wear and tear. Now I understand that at first you might feel it's a waste of time considering everything that needs to get done in your busy day or if you're in a meeting with a really full agenda.
But this energy is our capacity to do work. And how we spend our time shows us where we prioritize our energy. If we're not strategic about how we show up in our time, we can't always give it our best. So let's talk about how to get that neural nudge or simple energy boost during the day. You can try three things. First, start any meeting or conversation with a sincere exchange of energy.
Like sharing what you feel grateful for, telling a funny story or building connections through fun experiences that have nothing to do with work at all. This way, you quickly optimize the time that you have and people will remember it. Another practice, always be totally present in the conversation and avoid multi-tasking. Turn off your phone and make direct eye contact with whoever you're speaking with. For instance, when I worked with my mentor, what I remember most were the moments when we talked about something that wasn't work related at all and I could tell he was fully present.
It was kind of strange at first because he'd ask me a question and then he'd really seem interested in the answer. But I always left those meeting feeling energized and encouraged. And be sure to take time to think and reflect. This allows you to respond to challenges rather than just reacting and everybody wins. Our health is better, we're happier and we do a much better job. Now please know, I'm not saying that your time isn't important as well.
We all know how important time is. We actually obsess about it and we constantly feel like we don't have enough. What I'm suggesting is that when we prioritize energy first, we end up using our time more wisely and feeling healthier and happier in our time as a result.
- Why is energy our greatest resource?
- How does energy impact brain performance?
- Balancing your energy budget
- Priming your brain to perform
- Creating a seven-day recharge sprint
- Creating a high-energy culture at work
- Creating healthy energy habits that are sustainable in your busy life