𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲
You may stress over not having enough money, struggling to increase revenues and to minimize costs. As the journey evolves, you may have received investment or pumped revenues; now the challenge is finding the time to foster more growth.
While money and time are always limited, I believe that personal energy is the most precious resource for everyone, especially for exhausted founders who need to define effective strategy.
Having cash is uplifting but does not create long-term energy. During long periods of work, you will not always have a lot of energy.
“𝑬𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒈𝒚 𝒊𝒔 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒎𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒄𝒆, 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒊𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒘𝒔 𝒖𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒑𝒐𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒇𝒖𝒍 𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏.” - Tarthang Tulku
𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗪𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲 𝗘𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆
𝘗𝘪𝘤𝘬 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘉𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘴. You may lament and dwell on things you can’t control, such as competitors or investors who passed.
Instead, apply your energy into things that you control like planning and collaborating with the team, mentors, and peers.
𝘗𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘶𝘪𝘵𝘴. Know what energizes you and then pursue the right activities.
Extraverts may be thrilled spending time in sales meetings and talking with clients and partners. Introverts may get excited by developing new products and researching new ideas.
With multiple ways to grow, find those matching your strengths.
𝘙𝘩𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘮. Your energy may ebb and flow based on the time of day.
Know the best times for you to plan, to meet, and to dive into projects and then set your calendar accordingly.
It’s tempting to react all day to others’ requests. Instead, designate times for projects based on your energy levels.
𝘉𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘴. Leadership can require complex and exhaustive thinking. Factor in mental rest. Like muscles, the mind needs recovery periods.
For instance, if your energy starts to wane after an hour, then do something different (like a call during walking) to rejuvenate your brain.
𝘙𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘦. Maximize your mind by supporting brain activity.
Exercise, diet, sleep, and healthy relationships all increase brain function. Run experiments (like eating at various times) to maximize alertness.
𝘗𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. Avoid the many ways our attention is stolen. Limit social media, news, messaging apps, emails, etc.
Set blocks of time for deep work in strategy when you are inaccessible.
𝘋𝘢𝘵𝘢. No surprise that I’m a fan of collecting information.
When it comes to energy, calculate when you make the most progress, noting the timing, collaborators, and settings.
Measure your own progress and also seek others' feedback.
Optimizing personal energy is incredibly valuable in leadership. Discover the best ways to regulate and apply your energy levels for the most gain.