It's all about staying strong
  • The key to success at work and in life isn’t really starting strong, it’s staying strong.
  • Set minimum and maximum amount of action you will take toward a specific goal within a certain span of time.
  • This keeps you from dropping off or losing interest, or finding yourself too exhausted to continue.

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4 Ways to Manage Your Energy More Effectively

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1. Make concrete boundaries

In Greg McKeown’s book Effortless , he suggests the idea of making concrete boundaries for both how little and how much you will do in a given day on your important priorities.

For instance, for hitting sales numbers, you may determine to never make fewer than five sales calls in a day and never more than 10 sales calls in a day.

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2. Work on your style

When facing a goal, do you tend to get into a high-drive gear and try to remain there 24/7? Do you operate at a low-drive level most of the time, often having to scurry to the finish line at the last minute?

Based on your tendency, you can proceed in one of the 3 ways:

  • “High drive” category: Give yourself permission to be human, to rest.
  • “Low drive” category: Do at least the minimum before chilling out.
  • “Fluctuating drive” category: Keep an eye on both bounds.

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3. Relax, unwind, and recover
  • If you’re a high-drive individual, consciously take time on the weekends and evenings to connect with people without a time limit.
  • If you operate at a low-drive level, it means that you can still take ample breaks, but only after you’ve made progress on a goal.
  • And if your drive fluctuates, you must rest on the days you feel you can work 24 hours. This is crucial to avoid a burnout the next day.

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4. Give yourself a breathing room

There are days when back-to-back meetings are necessary, but this momentum doesn't have long-term viability.

Block out larger chunks of time for accomplishing bigger projects to immerse in the work without the pressure of a tight time window.

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