Energy is powerful. Energy is also subtle. We feel it, but we can’t always measure it easily. We talk a lot about time management, and not enough about energy management. You already know that your body needs a good diet, enough sleep and regular exercise to stay energetic. What may not be so obvious is that our energy levels also correlate with what we do and how we feel about what we do. Have you noticed how time flies when we engage in something that energizes us, and crawls when we do a task that drains us? Paying attention to the changes in your energy patterns throughout the day is a first step towards bringing more energy into your life.
If you spend too much energy on things that you don’t enjoy, you are in danger of depleting your energy bank. Can you identify five routine tasks that drain you most? Is there a way to delegate them or eliminate them from your days completely? If this is not possible, it helps to remember that energy comes with meaning, love, and purpose, so look for those qualities in what you do. For example, I don’t like cleaning, but I can overcome the resentment if I think of it as creating and controlling my physical environment. Such focus gives more meaning to a mundane task.
While this type of reframing can work for some activities, use it only as the last resort because you are better off giving your energy to something that you truly love. You can think of it as opening a channel: when good energy flows form you, the Universe gives back, so you will replenish your energy fast.
Energy needs to move. You can’t conserve it by keeping it to yourself because it will dissipate, and you will feel lethargic without having done anything. If you ever spent hours on the couch watching TV, you know what I mean.
How do you make sure that your learning brings energy into your life? Learning should be a source of joy and inspiration for you. You have to find meaning and purpose in what you learn. And finally, you must have a way to share the results of your learning with others and do it with love.
Do you feel energized when you learn?
Orientation Series: 21 Steps to Becoming a Better Learner:
Step 1: Setting your learning objectives
Step 2: Taking an inventory of your skills
Step 3: Taking an Inventory of Your Learning Tools
Step 4: Finding opportunities for cognitive apprenticeship
Step 5: Determining the "IIQ" of what you read
Step 6: Choosing helpful books for law students
Step 7: “The Three 'P's of Performance” in Action
Step 8: Tapping into your social networks
Step 9: Identifying your learning barriers
Step 10: Finding your sources of motivation