Anyone who has ever heard anyone from Next Evolution Performance will have heard the term “energy credits”. It’s the foundation of our Performance Mastery System. And we have been speaking about it more than ever over the past few months given world events.
2020 has basically been a year where we have been spending energy credits on things we really haven’t had to spend energy credits on before, and these things fall at all stages along the spectrum of severity. For example:
- How can I change my business or role so that it can weather this economic downturn and continue to earn money to support my family?
- Where is my next roll of toilet paper coming from?
- How can I access food?
- The gyms are closed – what’s my new exercise regime?
And for those of us with more first world problems – will Qantas extend my platinum membership expiry date for a little longer? (Thanks Qantas for answering that question before too many collective energy credits were spent on that issue!)
Now remember – there are 100 energy credits in your daily amount when you are at your energetic best. And they are like nuggets of gold, so invest them wisely. If you aren’t at your energetic best, then, I’m sorry to say, you don’t get to spend 100 without heading towards burnout.
Here are a few tips on how to manage your energy credits at all times, and especially when the world goes a little wonky:
Use energy credits wisely at the time when you have them
We all have times of the day when we are super productive and other times when we are less productive. Make the most of your super productive time so that you get more done with less energy spend and in less time.
Make quicker decisions – and only when you have the information to do so
So many people try to make decisions with information they don’t have. So much of 2020 so far has been speculative. Sure it’s ok to have a few bases covered, but spending energy credits on coming up with 89 different scenarios in which 88 of them won’t ever actually happen, is probably not the best use of energy credits. And being in a state of flux about making a decision takes energy credits too, so just work with the information you have, and don’t get too carried away with scenario analysis.
Decide what’s really worth your energy
Only you can decide that – but it’s important to circle back to your goals. If you are spending energy credits on things that aren’t contributing to your work and life goals, it might be time to rethink either your goals or what you are investing your energy in. Again, your goals are up to you, but alignment of your activities with your goals is a good place to start.
One my clients now calls himself a fully-fledged “energy snob”. Prior to working with us, he never fully understood the importance of mastering his energy, let alone how to master it. Now that he has mastered what is truly worthy of his energy, his performance is hitting new heights and he could not be more thrilled about it.
As always, if you would like further information about how to efficiently use your cognitive energy for performance, we’d love to hear from you.
If you’d like to find out more, join the conversation in our next open workshop.