When the seemingly relentless demands at work and stress of a busy life take their toll on our performance, we tend to think that managing our time better will improve the situation. If I could just work faster I would get more done or if only I could multitask I could achieve so much more in my day.

However, as Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, authors of The Power of Full Engagement explain, it is the skillful management of energy, not time, that most significantly affects high performance. As women over 50, too often we squander this valuable resource through years of energy-depleting habits. Take this Self-Quiz to see how well you are managing your energy.

  1. I rely on sugary or carbohydrate-rich snacks for bursts of energy when I need a ‘pick-me-up’.
  2. Life is an endless marathon to be endured; you just have to keep on running.
  3. I tend to do what feels immediately pressing and easier to accomplish rather than make intentional choices about how I spend my time and what matters most.
  4. I hate routines; they’re too much like being stuck in a rut. I prefer to be loose and spontaneous.
  5. I’m so busy I rarely have time to reflect on what I value most deeply.
  6. I seem to be stuck in overdrive; I feel like I’ve lost the ability to shift to any other gear.
  7. I rarely exercise (cardiovascular and weight training), if at all.
  8. I regularly get less than six hours of sleep.
  9. I rarely take breaks; that way, I can get more done.
  10. Anxiety, frustration and a feeling of being overwhelmed seem ever-present for me.
  11. When I’m under pressure, I easily become harsh or defensive with others.
  12. Personal relationships are not something I devote a lot of energy to. If they don’t work, I move on.
  13. I smoke and/or drink; to be honest, doing so really helps lower my anxiety level.
  14. It’s been a long time since I’ve done something purely because it was enjoyable or felt good.
  15. Downtime is wasted time.

If you answered “true” to more than just a few of these statements, you’re probably not performing – or feeling – as well as you could be.

As a woman over 50, you may have created many energy-depleting habits over the years. However, now is the time to make some changes. I would love to hear your thoughts or what changes you would like to make to help your energy levels increase. Just write in the box below and press send. Easy!

Take action now!

Kind regards,

Bev

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