What gives you energy at work?

Life is busy and work can be full on. We can easily get depleted of energy and feel absolutely exhausted. What are you doing to protect yourself and your energy from the daily drains and life overload? Looking after your positive energy is one of the best things you can do for yourself. And learning to monitor how you’re feeling and what pace you are working at is a key part of self-care.

 

But it can be hard to do when you’re facing overwhelm Resilient thinking or developing a strategy to avoid the things or people that deplete your energy will bring benefits that you will see and feel very quickly.

 

How attuned are you to how you’re feeling right now?If you’re under pressure at work, unhappy in your job or embarking on career change you can’t always spot the things that are sapping your energy.

Take my quiz to check your energy levels:

On your way to work you stop to pick up a drink. Do you choose:

  1. A super green detoxing, energising and rejuvenating smoothie plus a banana for later
  2. A caramel machiatto with an espresso chaser and a chocolate croissant
  3. A skinny latte with one shot – it’s your only coffee of the day

Its Monday morning and your diary for the week is already pretty full when another big piece of work arrives in your inbox. Do you:

  1. Feel excited by the new piece of work, realise it’s a priority so cancel and reschedule some non-essential meetings
  2. See this as the final straw – you’re not sure how much longer you can go on like this
  3. Resign yourself to another week of late nights and working at home in the evening

You’ve just completed a project and you were hoping to finish early when a colleague catches you for a ‘chat’ which you know will involve her moaning about everything and holding you up for at least half an hour. Do you:

  1. Tell her you’ll see her tomorrow at the staff meeting but explain you’re on your way out having worked late the night before.
  2. Sit and listen to her for 45mins by which time your good mood has completely evaporated
  3. Explain you would love to chat but you’ve got an important meeting to go to then sneak off and feel guilty all evening.

You notice that you’re meeting work friends for lunch and also in the evening 3 times out of 5 this week. Do you:

  1. Cancel and reschedule 2 of the arrangements but keep the one with the friend who makes you laugh so much you always feel great after seeing her.
  2. Cancel everyone you’re so tired you can barely keep your eyes open at work anyway.
  3. Go ahead and meet everyone as planned, after all you don’t want to upset anyone plus ‘you can sleep when you’re dead, right?’

You’ve been invited to attend the manager’s meeting which has a reputation for lasting more than 2 hours. Do you:

  1. Ask if you can only attend the slot that is relevant to your area of work.
  2. Attend and spend the whole time worrying about what’s on your to do list
  3. Tell them thanks for the invite but you’re too busy and can’t fit it in.

A colleague has invited you to a lunchtime yoga class which she feels has really helped her stress levels. Do you:

  1. Book your first session straight away
  2. Laugh hysterically – ‘lunchtime’ what’s that?
  3. Think yoga’s a bit new age and know you’d rather spend your lunchtime checking out Twitter and Facebook

Your Energy Results:

Mostly 1’s

You’re very aware of protecting your energy and make choices that will preserve your energy levels. You’re assertive and can manage demands on your time well while avoiding energy drainers. You have a good appreciation of nurturing health, mind and body in order to have energy in all areas of your life.

Mostly 2’s

Watch out! You’re close to burn out and so energy depleted that there is no room for self care. You are being sucked into activities and being with people that have negative energy or take energy from you. You need to find a way to make some time for yourself, to think about how you can work differently and engage with things that give you energy – think about what you enjoy and what makes you feel good. Be aware of your physical needs too – substitute coffee and chocolate for some healthy alternatives.

Mostly 3’s

You think you’re doing ok energy wise but could be allowing negative feelings of guilt or anxiety to eat away at your energy levels. Be clear about what actually saps your energy and avoid those things. Be open to trying new things to make you feel good and experiment putting your needs first and saying no assertively.

Need some help making changes to avoid overwhelm, get in touch for a FREE clarity call.

Please do leave some tips in the comments on how you manage your energy levels – we can all learn from each other!

Feeling Bored with Work? 7 steps to Refresh your Career

It’s summertime and the living should be easy! But maybe you’re feeling a bit tired and bored with your job. It’s easy to find yourself wishing you were somewhere else or dreaming your life away scrolling through Facebook.

If that’s the case then now is a good time to make some space to refresh your career thinking with these seven easy steps. You can do them all in one go or work through one a day for the next week. They are simple but effective and can make all the difference to how you feel about your career.

7 steps to REFRESH your career

  1. Relationship: Just like any relationship in our lives, our relationship with work can benefit from some care and attention at times. How is your relationship with your work faring? Make a list of what is going well and identify areas that may need addressing and make a plan to bring things more into balance.
  2. Energy: If you feel you work energy is low and your get up and go has, well, gone then it’s important to spend time working out how to get it back and increase it. Think about activities and interests (in work and beyond) that boost your energy and how you can build more of these into your life and work. Take my energy test to help you identify what you need to focus on.
  3. Focus: If you find yourself drifting and being unproductive at work then you may need to refocus. Consider what would you really like to focus on at work and whether there is scope to do that at work. Have a chat with your boss about making it more of a reality.
  4. Resilience: Checking in on your resilience level is valuable and worth taking the time to give it a boost. The pace of life and work now is so fast we need to be able to cope with change and bounce back when things get tough. If you feel you’re not as resilient as you want to be then check out these ideas in ‘What’s the magic ingredient for career resilience’ to strengthen it.
  5. Enthusiasm: We can’t be enthusiastic all the time for what we do but feeling  real enthusiasm for a work task can make it much more enjoyable. Think about something you did that you were really enthusiastic about and identify what factors contributed to the enthusiasm. Identify what you could do to recreate them for future tasks.
  6. STOP sign: Is your work ‘STOP’ sign in need of dusting off? The lure of the laptop and seduction of the smartphone mean that boundaries between work and non-work time are easily blurred. Use my checklist to do an audit of your work life balance and make some changes.
  7. Humour: Is work fun? Who or what brings fun and/or humour to your work? Think about how you can contribute to making work more fun and do something different now!

So make some time and hit the REFRESH button on your career. If you don’t feel any different after you’ve done so then get in touch for a free clarity call about how you can create a career that you do feel enthusiastic and excited about.

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