Volume 3, Issue 4

April 2014

Blue Ridge Conference



October 8 - 10, 2014

Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership

Black Mountain, NC

Managing Your Energy

We don’t like to admit it…but we really do like distractions.  Think about it, we are compelled to check emails often and see the latest Facebook news.   Don’t we all want to be more productive?  If so, we must get our focus back and there is only one way to focus – eliminate multi-tasking and other distractions.

Many leaders feel that multi-tasking is necessary to handle the increasing demands, however, in reality, it undermines productivity.  Did you know that by eliminating distractions and multi-tasking, you could be 25% more productive?  How many times have you thought “if I just had more time”.  You can have 25% more time by developing some basic habits.

1.  Check and respond to emails at specific times during the day. Schedule two, three, or if you must, four times each day to check emails and respond.  Checking your email constantly during the day reduces your productivity dramatically.  If you have an automatic notification when you receive an email - turn it off.  As soon as you hear the notification, you are interrupted.

2.  Call when you need to have a conversation.  Email or text is not an effective mode of communication when you need to have a conversation or when the content of the discussion is sensitive. 

3.  When you have a project that needs your focus, find a location away from your desk to work.  We all have those important items that get pushed from day to day due to urgent tasks taking over our time.  Yet those important projects are what hold value long term.  When you need to focus on a project, find a new location, away from your email and phone, to work.  It will provide a more distraction-free environment and allow you to not be interrupted as much.  Also, as leaders, we are taught not to close our doors;however, there are times when it is necessary and needed in order to move those important items forward.

4.  Have a plan.   Set goals; break the goals down into milestones and then tasks.  Schedule the tasks on your calendar.  If you do not, the projects that have the most long term value will not be completed. 

5.  Take breaks every 90 to 120 minutes in order to renew your energy.  Our bodies have rhythms in 90-120 minutes during which we move from high energy into a physiological trough.  At the end of this time we may experience restlessness, yawning, hunger, and have difficulty concentrating.  Our body is trying to tell us that it needs a period of recovery.  Take a break, walk outside, get water, have a snack but do something completely different and then return to your work.  Just a very short break will renew your energy and allow you to focus again.

At the 2014 Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership, the only distraction will be the beauty of your surroundings.  Join us to hear inspiring leadership lessons,  reconnect with your team and grow as a leader and person.

LEAD            CONNECT         GROW

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

Kay Bennett
Vice President Human Resources
Baptist Health


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