The Word Today 8-11-11

Wasting energy. Have you ever done that? Let’s look at energy like money. You never really know how much money you are wasting until you start keeping track of it. Does that makes sense?

Say, every morning you go to work and stop at the gas station. At the gas station you buy a couple of little things that don’t really add up to a lot. Just a few bucks that you never miss. Well, if you start to think about $5 bucks a day, 5 days a week for 52 weeks is $1300. Do you really need $1300 dollars worth of snickers bars and tic tacs?

Energy is the same way. Waste a little here, give away a little there and before you know it you have exhausted yourself.

Just as in dealing with spare change, spare energy adds up. I just cashed in a big bucket of change and ended up with over $300 that I never knew I had. Also, never would have missed it.

Imagine if you banked your energy like that? How quickly would you get things done? Just how much could you accomplish by zoning out the little distractions that you might not even think you are giving much attention to. It sounds kind of complicated. Afterall, energy isn’t as tangible as a coin. But, if you start paying attention, I think you’ll catch on.

Are you over multi-tasking? Is that working for you? Often it doesn’t work for me because I end up half-assing everything. Everything is done, but nothing is of quality. However, if I slow down and focus on…time, when I’m finished the stuff is of much higher quality. I’m less stressed and can move on to the next thing.

Of course, in life, things don’t naturally balance. So, in taking your time, you still have to be mindful of your other tasks. So balance it out.

The best reward of taking inventory of how you spend your energy as far as getting things done and then banking the rest is by the end of the day you have more energy to spend doing the things you actually want to do. Remember that quick little piece of paradise we talked about yesterday? Well, banking your energy and being mindful of how and when you spend it gives you plenty of time and energy left over to enjoy that little piece of paradise a little bit longer and little more fully..versus rushing around all day like a chicken with your head cut off..accomplishing nothing..until finally you crash on your bed and wake up to do it ALL again tomorrow.