I recently received a HBR article titled “Manage Your Energy, not your Time”. The authors opine that longer days at the office do not work because time is a limited resource, however personal energy is renewable. There are 4 dimensions of personal energy that the authors recommend we notice… physical, emotional , mental and spiritual. The tips for rejuvenating physically are
- Enhance sleep by setting an earlier bedtime and reducing alcohol use…. I do not drink alcohol regularly so that’s a plus for me. Bedtimes are determined by the boys… I am thinking seriously about putting them in their own room now. But but but some part of me wants them close! I spend many hours away from them in the day, night time togetherness is to make up for it…
- Reduce stress by engaging in cardiovascular activity at least 3 times a week and strength training at least once…. THREE times a week!? If running after the boys counts, then I have cardio everyday. Haha. Not enough to get my heart rate up to 70% of maximum though. Never mind strength training. The heaviest things I haul around are my boys. Oh and weekly grocery shopping. I walk back from the supermarket.
- Eat small meals and light snacks every 3 hours…. YES, a tick for me in this area.
- Learn to notice signs of imminent energy flagging, including restlessness, yawning, hunger and difficulty concentrating…. Yep, I notice… Too often ignore these signs though.
- Take brief but regular breaks, away from the desk, at 90-to 120-minute intervals throughout the day.
Things are heating up at work with the business plan 2014 kicking off this week. I turn to brewing this yummy confinement tea. I use a Thermos Shuttle Chef 1.5L to prepare and drink one cup in the morning, sipping throughout the day.
To boost blood circulation – 3-4 pieces of bei qi (astralagus) and a handful of black beans.
Sweet tasting herbs – 12-15 red dates, a pinch of wolfberries, a bigger pinch of dried longan, 3-4 pieces of finger-sized dang shen (a type of ginseng, I think).