When we think of the normal sequence of a workday, we usually run into the big wall that keeps us from any further productivity headfirst. There’s no forcing creativity, and by the time we reach for another cup of artificial enthusiasm, it leaves a bitter taste for the things we encounter every day at work
For hiring managers with an entire day booked plus a dreaded deadline of positions to fill hanging over their heads, time-management is the heart of functionality. So before one comes upon the wall of exhaustion, how about some helpful tips in maintaining and managing energy?
We queued in on insight from Brady Wilson, author of Beyond Engagement: A Brain-Based Approach That Blends the Engagement Managers Want with the Energy Employees Need, who is making it his mission to dispel workplace productivity myths. “Traditionally, organizations have believed that [in order to] to create higher-performing workplaces, employees must:
- Be more committed and dedicated to the cause;
- Stay later and come in earlier; and
- Make more of an effort—that is, “try harder” (such as by learning new skills).”
Hold it right there, says Wilson. There are actually much more effective ways for becoming energy-mindful. Even science says so.
In his scientific approach to the problem of time management, Wilson states that our brains are “one of the most fuel-hungry organs in the human body;” when we are low on energy—that’s it, the show’s over. We lose the ability to efficiently manage our time when our brains are depleted. Without energy, we cannot execute work-related functions such as processing, planning, memorizing, analyzing, thinking strategically, decision-making, and communicating.
Ways to effectively manage your time and energy:
Make meaningful connections
Yes, visiting with your co-workers actually stimulates the brains’ executive functions: creating creativity, calm, and connection. Within two minutes of valuable and meaningful face-to-face conversations, the brain’s three high-performance hormones—dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin—are released, rejuvenating us with feelings of trust, enhanced pleasure, and less stress.
Combat negative thinking
When we feel negatively, our energy depletes and we become less productive. Because our brains are more emotionally driven rather than rationally, we are not allotted the resources to do something unless we are convinced it is possible. Breathe. Don’t feel guilty about taking a break. Reorganize. Channel your inner calm. “Leaders can pave the way toward more positive thinking by encouraging employees to meditate regularly,” suggests Wilson.
Get off social media. Close all unrelated browser tabs. Like our phones, we tend to slow down when we split our attention, therefore intensifying mental exhaustion. Even holding fewer impromptu meetings can help from interrupting employees mid-flow—who volunteers as tribute to suggest it at the next meeting?
Instead of hitting the wall that ends the workday before the clock reads as such, listen to your brain. Implementing energy-management habits may just replenish more than your cup of coffee.
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