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The balance of performance success and time management

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05 May 2016
Do you ever wish you had more time in the day to get things done? In the our industry it is often commented that people feel they have a never ending list of tasks to complete and not enough time to do it in.

At busy periods we are all very different in how we manage our time and our attempts to become more efficient in doing so. Some of us are more organised than others; good at prioritising, juggling multiple tasks and keeping ‘on the ball’, while others struggle and crack under pressure, unable to remain focused and committed to a task.

But is time the key to becoming more effective?

In a recent training day I attended, the host proposed a new concept to me and talked through research related to performance being improved by our ‘Energy’. They discussed how our feelings and ways of thinking had more of an impact on productivity, than time available to us, based on Jim Loehr and Tony Schwart’s ‘The Power of Full Engagement’. Their book focuses on how our bodies go through wave sequences each day, of periods of high and low energy and proposes that if we can maintain high energy, then in turn we will be more productive.  They suggests that by implementing rituals you can remain at a higher energy level, keeping you more engaged and on track.

The authors argued that the more pressure we are under, the more important rituals become to help us in conserving energy. This in turn means that we have to think less about tasks that are more difficult and taxing and are able to use our time more wisely.

If you look at many great performers and athletes you will often hear them comment in interviews on rituals they have implemented as part of their preparation to help them achieve their goals. Rituals are used to replenish energy and provide structure, giving a feeling of being ‘in control’ and able to avoid burnout. We all need time to rest, restore and reflect and in high energy periods we are less likely to make bad decisions and close off our minds to possible solutions. Positivity breads positivity, and as such performance increases.

My colleagues and I set out to test this theory and implemented different rituals to see how they impacted our behaviour and from my perspective I felt it worthwhile. Many of us have rituals that we aren’t even aware of- relying on family and friends for support and to offload, healthy activities such as going to the guys and partaking in sports all factor in our energy levels.

So why not do more yourself to see the benefits and let us know how you get on?
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