By Gerry Murray. 16-02-2020
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"Performance, health and happiness are grounded in the skilful management of energy” ~ Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz

Do you ever feel tired? How does that affect your mood and your ability to get things done? 

Steve McDermott, an award-winning Keynote speaker, from whom I had the privilege to learn some pretty cool stuff many years ago, has a very nice reframe on “feeling tired”. He suggests that instead of focusing on the tiredness, you focus on your lack of energy

In fact, I’ve personally found it very useful to build awareness of my energy levels. What boosts them? What drains them? I include this awareness-building in many seminars, including in the Time Management one. I use this example because many people have this misguided notion that if they could only manage time better then all their problems would go away. There really is no such thing as Time Management. It’s a misnomer. What we’re really dealing with is the combination of Intention, Attention/Focus and Energy Management

However, Energy is a big concept. So, it’s useful to have a manageable way of thinking about it. By breaking it down into smaller chunks, we’re able to do something to understand it better and take steps to manage and restore it, as needed. The first and most fundamental chunk is Physical Energy

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Here are some pointers from performance and energy management experts, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz: 

  • Physical energy is the fundamental source of fuel in life
  • Physical energy is derived from the interaction between oxygen and glucose
  • The two most important regulators of physical energy are breathing and eating
  • Eating five to six low-calorie, highly nutritious meals a day ensures a steady resupply of glucose and essential nutrients
  • Drinking 2 litres of water daily is a key factor in the effective management of physical energy
  • Most human beings require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to function optimally
  • Going to bed early and waking up early help to optimise performance
  • Interval training is more effective than steady-state exercise in building physical capacity and in teaching people how to recover more efficiently
  • To sustain full engagement, we must take a recovery break every 90 to 120 minutes

This is ample food for thought! What is the one thing you could do based on this list that would improve your physical energy levels this week? 

Next week, I’ll explore another source of energy. 

Have an energetic week…



I never thought I’d be the type of person to wake up at 5 in the morning to exercise.
I was right.

If God had wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.

I phoned the local gym and I asked if they could teach me how to do the splits.  He said, "How flexible are you?" I said, "I can't make Tuesdays or Thursdays.”

My doctor took one look at my gut and refused to believe that I work out.
So I listed the exercises I do every day: jump to conclusions, climb the walls, drag my heels, push my luck, make mountains out of molehills, bend over backwards, run around in circles, put my foot in my mouth, go over the edge, and beat around the bush.

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