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Energy Awareness in the Workplace

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The frenetic pace of the modern workplace can make maintaining productivity and focus often feel like an uphill battle. In fact, a recent workplace survey reveals that over 30% of participants have experienced emotional exhaustion from work, and another 26% have completely lost the motivation to do their best.

Although emotional burnout and loss of motivation are common experiences among workers, they can be avoided. One practice that thwarts exhaustion is energy awareness. 

The Power of Energy Awareness

Energy is the currency of productivity. To achieve goals, you must expend energy. Personal energy fuels our actions, thoughts, and emotions, and is the driving force behind our focus and creativity. When we feel energized, whether mentally or physically, our ability to concentrate increases, and we're more likely to tackle tasks with enthusiasm. On the other hand, low energy levels can lead to reduced focus and motivation, making it challenging to stay engaged and productive. 

Personal energy awareness is recognizing and understanding the fluctuations in your energy levels throughout the day and how these fluctuations impact your performance. By tuning in to your unique energy habits, you can identify your peak times of productivity and allocate tasks accordingly. Energy awareness also enables you to identify the tasks or activities that tend to drain your energy and implement techniques that help restore your focus. 

Further, energy awareness fosters a healthier work-life balance and is crucial to improving your overall well-being. By practicing energy awareness, you can prevent burnout and maintain a sustainable level of performance—now and in the long term. 

Understanding Your Energy 

In order to effectively manage your energy, you must first develop a deeper understanding of your own, personal energy habits. Recognizing fluctuations in our energy levels throughout the day is key to maximizing our effectiveness and overall happiness in and out of the workplace. Likewise, identifying tasks and activities that seem to drain your energy can foster a deeper energy awareness. 

When do you feel most energized and focused? Is there a time of day where you feel the least motivated? You may find that mid-morning is a peak energy interval for you, while late afternoon tends to bring about energy crashes. Spend some time today analyzing and understanding your unique energy patterns and intervals. Keeping track of these patterns will help to understand your unique energy habits and allow you to better tailor your workflow. 

Tailoring Your Workflow

You can maximize how you use your energy by tailoring your workflow to make use of high-energy periods. For instance, reserve high-energy times for tasks that require maximum focus, creativity, or decision-making. In turn, allocate low-energy intervals for less demanding activities, like responding to emails. 

Do you find yourself less involved during afternoon meetings compared to morning ones? Have you also observed a decreased focus in others during afternoon meetings? Instead of scheduling meetings for the afternoon, consider shifting meetings to a time that corresponds to everyone's peak energy levels. 

Additionally, consider implementing energy-boosting routines or rituals into your work day. Whether it's a brief walk, a quick stretch, or a healthy snack, these micro-breaks can replenish your energy and stave off mental exhaustion.

Becoming aware of how and when you spend your energy is key to fighting the decreased motivation and emotional exhaustion that so many workers experience. By boosting our ability to manage energy levels, we can work smarter, not harder, and cultivate a more fulfilling and sustainable approach to productivity in the workplace.

If you’re looking for more information on the topic of energy awareness, check out our video Managing Energy today. And, for more insights and tips on navigating the modern workplace, dive into our Bridging the Gap blog series.

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