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Mind all your various energy levels
on December 16, 2016
The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr & Toy Schwartz is a self help book for a more productive work / life balance. Their focus is on managing energy, rather than the more traditional mode of more efficient time management. With an eye towards balance, they identify four sources of energy, mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual (not religious in the strictest sense, but that can align). The central premise is that without attention to each aspect, an imbalance results that makes maintaining and sustaining energy for life's activities more difficult. For each component, they outline its purpose, its criticality, and then focus on specific actions to manage each one. Essentially, the message is to attend to each one rather than overdoing any one when problems or issues arise. In this manner, things never get out of hand and become overwhelming such that one problem dominates and then cascades into everything.
There are plenty of valuable and realistic suggestions that are broadly applicable and cover many situations and contingencies. There's quite a bit of common sense, but everything is laid out in a clear and concise manner with extensive real life examples, including setbacks. Also included are templates to allow for the more obsessive and meticulous to record and document everything. Even without buying the whole concept, there is still plenty of solid advice and useful tidbits. Anyone in a situation where they feel over their head or on the way to burnout will find the book a pleasant and helpful read.