Episode 102: Your Most Valuable Resource for Improving Productivity 1


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“The number of hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and quality of energy available to us is not. It is our most precious resource. The more we take responsibility for the energy we bring to the world, the more empowered and productive we become.” -Tony Schwartz and Jim Loehr

What high-performing athletes can teach us about our most valuable resource for improving productivity. We’re excited to share about pillar number two of the nine pillars of productivity today. If you missed pillar number one: environment, then go back and watch it AFTER today’s episode. How often do we focus on refining time management skills to improve productivity? Both hands are raised here.

In truth, high-performing athletes show us that energy management is our most important opportunity for increasing productivity.

Authors Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz researched and worked with professional high-performing athletes for their book, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal. They noticed how these athletes took a lot of time for rest and renewal during certain periods of the year – during their off season, but also between every single point they played on the field. The best players recuperate between each point of a game and can actually drop their heartbeat by 20 beats per minute.

When they made the move from working with high-performance athletes to working with entrepreneurs, they’re shocked and dismayed that there are no natural opportunities for rest and renewal built into most people’s businesses. We’re rarely taking time off whether it’s intermittent time off during the day, during the week, or whether it’s a more sustained opportunity for rest and renewal during the year. We’re pushing so hard that we’re literally killing ourselves.

We’re creating stress and having too much cortisol in our systems and all these different things that are happening because we’re not managing our energy. It’s such a powerful reminder that we can build in these energy rituals to care for ourselves and actually be more productive. I think we’ve said before on this show that, for us, productivity isn’t about just getting more work done, but it’s about getting quality work done that’s the right work, and still having the time really to have that quality of life that we all started our own businesses to achieve in the first place.

Listen to the full episode as we discuss the 4 types of energy: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • What high-performing athletes can teach us about improving productivity
  • The missed opportunity that most entrepreneurs are not taking that’s impacting health & business

Links

The Power of Full Engagement

Deep Work

Article on the power of full engagement


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Transcript

 

Brad Dobson

Brad Dobson is a co-founder of the Path to Profit Academy, and husband of Minette Riordan. He handles all the techy stuff and shares parenting duties. He is a 2-time marathon and 3-time Ironman finisher and for some reason enjoys endurance athletics. After 25 years in the software industry he quit his job to become an entrepreneur alongside Minette.



About Brad Dobson

Brad Dobson is a co-founder of the Path to Profit Academy, and husband of Minette Riordan. He handles all the techy stuff and shares parenting duties. He is a 2-time marathon and 3-time Ironman finisher and for some reason enjoys endurance athletics. After 25 years in the software industry he quit his job to become an entrepreneur alongside Minette.


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