The 1 Question That Helps Me Better Manage My Energy
October 16, 2018
Think about your mind on any given day…
I’ll take one for the team and go first: on any given day, on any given hour, I can be found thinking of far-flung destinations, an amazing article I just read, my friend's upcoming birthday, this weekend's plans, my growing to-do list, the work drama du jour, all the messages I need to respond to on Facebook, tomorrow morning's meeting…
The list goes on. And on. And on.
Mentally, I'm pretty content, but I'm also spreading myself way too thin.
Of course, a busy mind is a byproduct of living in 2018. But have you ever thought what your mind could do if it was, well, audited?
It's a simple ritual. Before you sleep, or whenever works best during your day, ask yourself: Where did most of my energy go today?
What did I put my energy towards the most today?
Did I put it into nurturing people more?
Did I put it into getting agitated about something?
Where did my energy go? And why?
Then make a little note in your journal or phone, and look at where most of your energy was spent. Was it on a computer? Was it on your Instagram? Was it spent here? Was it there?
Do this 30-second ritual every day so that, at the end of the week, you can review where you spent your energy.
And if you want to go one step further?
Look at the people you surrounded yourself with that day and note how you felt when you were with them. Ask yourself: Did I give a lot of love to that person when I met them? Did I feel restrained? Did I hold back? Was there something I wanted to say but I didn’t?
I look at these questions—which aren't always easy to answer honestly—as an opportunity for growth.
It's such a simple 30-second check-in and yet a powerful one.
Once you start to pay attention, it's amazing how much energy you can claim back for things that actually matter and drive you forward.
Your energy is your currency. Spend it wisely.
A version of this article originally appeared on BiancaBass.com
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