Maximize your energy at work: Great ways to fuel enthusiasm and boost success.
Even the best of jobs have good days and bad days and sometimes can be tedious. Keeping your energy level up is about more than getting a good night sleep and a smart fueling at breakfast. It comes from your internal attitude as well as from the people around you. Take a preemptive strike against burnout with these ideas to enjoy high-energy and enthusiasm each day…
Boosting your energy level energy is not the same as motivation. You might be motivated to tackle a project, but you need both physical and emotional energy to achieve success. Here’s how:
Connect with your purpose: Just as you can view a glass as half full or half empty you can look at your work similarly. Tune into your true purpose, and you may see your work in a new light. Doing this is called “cognitive reframing” and it’s the way to see the greater good in what you do. Consider the story of three bricklayers laboring on a cathedral in Milan. When visitors to the site ask them what they were doing the first one replied, I’m laying brick the second one replied, I’m laying brick but the third one said I am building a cathedral. See your own work in broader terms. You’re not just a financial advisor, you’re changing the quality of retirement for clients. You’re not only a nurse, your saving lives.
Stay challenged: Don’t let yourself become complacent in your job. Volunteer for a new project take a night class to learn a new skill reach out to someone in a different department. As you broaden your horizons, you may find a new goal or skill that appeals to you. And taking on challenges will energize you and bring you a new source of satisfaction. Remember the more energy you have the more likely you are to get noticed and even promoted.
Focus your attention on the task at hand: Do you pride yourself on your ability to multitask? You actually might be draining your energy! Instead, try using your calendar to allot separate chunks of time to each task. Some may get only 15 minutes while others two hours. But while you’re doing each one, don’t let your focus wander to other things, including the relentless checking of emails. In fact, a study done at the University of Vancouver found that checking email only three times a day reduced stress and increased well-being compared with people who checked without limit. A study done at Duke and Georgetown University’s on checking cell phone alerts found similar results.
Adjust your workflows. Energy ebbs and flows throughout the day but whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, you’re likely to have more energy at certain times rather than others. Being aware of your knee daily rhythms can help you time high priority task. Rank each days objectives by importance working on a project with a tight deadline might be at the top while making follow-up calls could be at the bottom and schedule them accordingly. Try to match your most pressing in important work to your high-energy hours. Leave less difficult chores such as doing expense reports for lower energy times.
Take meditation breaks. Yes getting up from your office chair to take a walk is a great Energizer, but a five minute meditation break right at your desk also can clear your mind for the next task and elevate your emotional energy. It can be especially helpful before meeting creating positive energy to share. At first you might think that there’s no place for meditation and work, but it’s actually the perfect antidote when you’re in a high stress environment. Simply find a quiet space, close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing for those few minutes. You’ll for better and be more productive.
Rebalance your tasks. Let’s face it some parts of your job are especially exciting to you, while others can be a drag. Consider job crafting changing some aspects of her job to make it more rewarding. Write a list of the task that energize you and a list of the ones that don’t then look for ways to do more of the ones you like. See if you can team up with a coworker with complementary strength someone who might welcome the task you’d like to offload and vice versa. For instance, you love researching but don’t like translating information and PowerPoint presentations, seek out someone who’s a formatting Pro. If your coworker isn’t a fan of public speaking, off to give the presentations he or she creates.
Engage with coworkers who energize you. In every workplace, there are energy makers people who share your enthusiasm, look for new ideas and solutions to problems and boost your spirits. Enter energy drainers people whose negative or even ho-hum attitudes or incessant complaints can set the energy right out of you when you’re in contact with them. Go out of your way to partner on projects with energizers seek out their opinions when you’re looking for ideas or feedback asked them to join you for a walk when you take a break so that you can be energize by the camaraderie. You also might look for a mentor someone in your organization who you can learn from it was energizing and encourages you to challenge yourself of course it’s almost impossible to completely avoid people who sap your energy, but you can counter a negative experience with a positive one. Right after a bad interaction, returned to a project you’re particularly enthusiastic about.
Extending your energy to the team
You’ll have even greater energy if more of the people you work with our energize to this happens when you all share an inspiring vision make progress towards goals and have high quality connections with one another. While managers usually do the most to Energizer workplace you don’t have to be the boss to affect change. Most higher-ups and team leaders are open to creative suggestions that benefit the group. The problem is that many people are too shy to speak up and offer. There are actions you can take to create better connections no matter where you are on the corporate ladder.
Engage coworkers with respect. Each person at the company brings value and deserve the chance to express his/her ideas. People become deenergized when they don’t feel appreciated. There are simple ways to show coworkers respect, such as putting down your cell phone during conversations and giving them your full attention or making sure that the person in a meeting has a chance to voice an opinion. And don’t underestimate the power of a simple thank you email for a job well done.
Help others excel without worrying about payback. This is called task enabling and means that if asked, you offer feedback and brainstorming to help your coworkers be successful without expecting anything in return. It sounds like it should be a given in every workplace but it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking, “What’s in it for me?”, before you act.
Wayne E. Baker University of Michigan Steven M Ross school of business.