Recently one of my clients was in a bit of a slump at work. He was losing interest in all the parts of his business that he usually really enjoyed. He usually loves speaking with clients and managing his staff and yet he was finding it difficult to get motivated to do these things.
Now while it’s ok to be in a slump every now and then, it usually helps if you can try to pinpoint what’s causing this lack of mojo so that you can hopefully work out a plan to get out of it, and avoid the same thing causing a slump in future.
So when we went through our usual energy management analysis, work really didn’t seem to be taking excessive energy credits. So then we looked at things going on outside of work. It became apparent that he had significantly increased the intensity of his exercise regime.
Now we know that all being well, exercise can give you energy but when you significantly increase your training, it can certainly take a bit of energy at the start so it was highly likely that this extra energy expenditure was starting to take its toll in other areas and work just happened to be the next available source.
Interestingly once we factored that in and rearranged a few further things at work, this client was easily able to get out of his slump by the time we next spoke. He is also still reassessing the level of intensity of his training and whether this needs to continue this intensity going forward.
So when it comes to training, it’s important to assess your goals and exactly what you are looking to achieve from your training.
If you want to train hard and compete in whatever it is you are training in, you need to factor that energy in and it will need to come from other areas of your work and life. If you are training to stay fit and healthy for life and enjoy the many mental benefits that come with movement – you probably don’t need to spend as much energy on this type of training as you think.
Again, it all comes down to your energy budget to match your productivity goals in whatever matters to you.
If you’d like to find out more, join the conversation in our next open workshop.