Not just “what” are you spending energy on, but also “who” are you spending your energy on? And what’s the return you’re getting on that investment (ROI)?
Though everything good in our lives requires a certain energetic investment, it’s super easy to get into a habit of spending energy without really thinking about whether it’s generating any kind of return. Most of us have habits and relationships that have been sucking up our energy for years, inhibiting our ability to move other things forward. Unfortunately, there isn’t any energy spent that doesn’t have to be replenished.
Just like gas in your car, once the tank is empty, you’re going to have to refill it. So take stock. Unless you’ve already consciously combed through your life and optimized every inch of it, then there are probably still some areas that you could clean up to generate more energy. Here are the first 5 places to look:
Lastly, don’t forget to schedule in some guilt-free downtime. Firing on all cylinders also requires scheduling time for rest, exercise, friends, family, and even stepping outside for a 10-minute walk every couple hours of your workday. We also need to let our hair down sometimes.
The whole “burning-the-candle-at-both-ends” thing is so 2005.