I chose this week to focus much of my energy on time. Or maybe I chose to focus much of my time on energy. Two weeks ago I had a month to sort everything out before I start my new role. A month felt like a long time. I now have two weeks. Two weeks feels like no time at all.
The link between time and energy is simple but vital. I need to prioritise my time and I want to be energised. If I have enough energy for something, I will find a way to make time for it!
I began by thinking about accommodation. When I start my new role I will necessarily be in rented accommodation. I thought logically. I thought about rooms, about location, about furniture, and even about the quality of the shower. But when I had opportunity on Thursday to visit potential apartments available to rent I immediately realised that my decision was going to be exclusively visceral. Simply put – did I feel energised by the space? Or was it draining?
My decision then became straightforward. Even the agent who was showing me round (and who I had never met before) told me he knew which two (out of twelve) properties I was interested in because of my body language, my facial expression…my energy levels. The apartment I selected was uplifting and inspiring. It would be a place to look forward to. To spend time in. To relax in. To be energised by.
My focus moved to travel. When I start my new role I will necessarily have to travel more. Significant travel is only possible if it is a positive. It can’t be a drain. I plan my travel time. I work out what I can do with that time that I could not do otherwise. I write presentations. I review proposals. I assess options. I think. I (try to) do crossword puzzles. I watch films. Films that make me laugh. Films I know my family would not be interested in seeing.
If I am driving I upload new music and I download podcasts. Songs and stories; artists and articles. I sing (badly) and I listen (diligently). I think. Cell phones and headsets allow me to communicate and so I call people I need to talk to…and colleagues I have not had chance to connect with for a while. The drive may not ever excite me…but I can look forward with anticipation and backward with satisfaction. I can arrive energised.
My focus moved to people. I have told many people about my new role. I tell the story in such a way to try to ensure it is positive and energising. It should be positive and energising because that is how I feel. I start by saying how excited I am…what an amazing role. I describe an opportunity I never dreamed could exist nor dared to imagine could come my way.
By the time (every time) I get round to providing detail of the role (who, what and where) the only possible response from whoever I am telling is positive and excited. Indeed, sometimes I haven’t even been asked about how I feel about leaving my old role, or whether we will have to relocate. Moreover I always leave those conversations energised – with new ideas and more thoughts than I had beforehand.
And this is the reason why I focus time on energy. And why I seek out and spend time with people who energise me. It is uplifting. It is infectious. It is engaging. Ideas appear. Options simplify. Enjoyment increases. Opportunities crystallise. Solutions clarify.