You have something SO valuable that it can never be replaced. You cannot purchase more of it if you run out. You do not earn more of it. It’s not money. It’s even more valuable than your time.
Your most valuable asset is your ENERGY!
I’ve learned that ENERGY=PRODUCTIVITY. When I have the most energy, I am able to produce the best performance. I get the most done when I am most energized. For me I have the most energy in the mid-morning. I get the most done and the best work done in the morning. My mind is alert. My body is active. My thinking is fresh.
Maybe your prime time for energy is in the evening or late at night. Everyone is different. We all have to be good stewards of the energy we have by using it appropriately. When I discovered this priceless asset, I have learned to protect it. I do not waste it. I take advantage of it.
I give a portion of this time to God by praying and reading His Word.
When I give a portion of my best to God, I don’t cheat God by giving Him my leftovers. Have you ever fallen asleep in the middle of a prayer? Do you catch yourself nodding off while reading the Bible? Take guard and devote not just what’s available and left over at the end of the day. Sacrifice some of your best energy to the Lord.
I prioritize what is most important of my daily task list.
I ask myself, “What is going to require my most focused energy. I save mindless busywork for later in the day. I sign out of Facebook and turn off my email and tackle a big project that requires focus and energy. I am the most creative when I have the most energy. I typically schedule uninterrupted time to write my messages in the mid-morning hours.
I schedule meetings, phone calls, and errands AFTER my energy peaks.
When I recognized how valuable my energy really was, I began to guard it so not to waste it. I will check email first thing in the morning and then I resist checking it again until after lunch. I do not schedule mid-morning meetings because I believe they are in improper use of my most valuable energy. I usually will ask our secretary to take messages during the mid-morning hours because I can return calls after my energy has peaked. I do what requires little energy when I have little energy left to expend.
Money is valuable. But I can earn more money when I spend it. Time is extremely valuable because there is only a fixed amount of it. But I can budget time appropriately and use it when it’s the most beneficial. But my energy is only at it’s prime during a certain time of the day and for only a fixed period of time. The same is true for you. Choose wisely and be intentional where you will spend your energy.
You may or may not have the flexibility to “plan” your energy usage depending on your job. With that in consideration, how have you learned to manage your energy resources? Keep the conversation going by leaving a comment!
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