Improving your performance without running out of energy trying

Several studies have proven that the immune system weakens considerably among people who sleep less than seven to eight hours. Feeling appreciated is as vital as food for most of us according to Tony Schwartz, who wrote The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working.

This book has made me think of the connection between the behavior of my clients at work and that of my former colleagues and employees. Wanting to always be efficient and have value, we have eyes on our mobile phones to keep from missing anything and respond to alerts as quickly as possible, without prioritizing its relevance.

Meanwhile, we are neither fully present in front of someone who speaks, nor able to concentrate enough to grasp the intent of the email that we want to respond to appropriately.

When the situation goes south, we blame and point fingers without taking responsibility for not realizing that it is us; that we do more harm by undermining our energy and our mental and physical health.

We are so busy doing things that we don’t think about what is essential or secondary to achieve our goals. We lose a lot of our precious energy in doing so. This is why it is essential to take a break every 90 minutes to regenerate emotionally and feel in balance and focus.

What is the most important thing you must do every day and is it on top of the list?

Do you get it done?

Solid foundations remain essential to creating a competitive advantage in business, and employers would do well to encourage their employees to be more authentic, to show empathy, be more present, to be creative and find meaning in what they do.

These qualities lead them to be more resilient to change and to feel competent at work and in other spheres of their lives.

Let employees manage their time and fulfil their tasks and make them aware of the results. It’s more efficient than managing their work schedule to the minute.

Understand that it takes between 21 and 30 days to change a behavior, and that anyone can do it with perseverance and motivation to overcome their patterns. Accept the powerful urge to avoid change to keep a comfortable status quo.

Treat your employees well; they will spend less time blaming others and doubting their skills, and will have more energy and transparency to meet the growing challenges of their markets and customers.

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