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7-Step Guide to Better Energy Management for Professional Women

Updated: Jul 5

 

"Manage your energy, not your time. This is the true secret to high performance and personal renewal." — Tony Schwartz, co-author of The Power of Full Engagement


Whether you're a working mom or a professional without children, mastering energy management is crucial for thriving in today’s demanding world. While time management organizes our schedules, energy management optimizes performance, enhances well-being, and prevents burnout. This guide offers practical strategies to help all women professionals manage their energy for a balanced and fulfilling career.


  1. Recognize the Power of Energy Management Over Time Management: Focusing solely on the clock can lead to burnout and neglect of well-being. Energy management, which encompasses physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness, helps sustain long-term productivity and fulfillment. Embracing this concept can transform your daily routine and unlock your full potential.

  2. Discover Your Personal Energy Boosters: Identify the activities that fill you with energy, whether it’s a morning workout, a creative hobby, or uninterrupted time for reflection. Working moms might find energy in structured family activities, while other professionals might recharge through solo pursuits. Make these energizers a consistent part of your routine to keep your energy levels high.

  3. Spot and Reduce Energy Drainers: Be aware of what saps your energy, such as repetitive tasks, draining interactions, or inefficient multitasking. This might include balancing work and family commitments for working moms or managing professional and personal life for others. Minimize these drains to preserve energy for more fulfilling activities.

  4. Align Activities with Your Core Values: Aligning your daily efforts with your values brings a sense of purpose and fulfillment, boosting your energy. Whether it’s advancing in your career, nurturing your family, or both, ensure your activities resonate with your core values for deeper satisfaction.

  5. Adopt Practical Energy Management Techniques: Incorporate techniques such as setting clear boundaries, engaging in regular self-care, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Techniques like delegating household tasks or setting professional boundaries can be particularly beneficial for working moms, while other professionals might focus on personal development and self-care practices.

  6. Cultivate Supportive Networks: Build relationships with colleagues, mentors, and friends who inspire and support you. Working moms can benefit from networks that understand family dynamics, while other women might seek career-focused groups. Collaborative environments share the load and multiply the joys and successes.

  7. Continuously Evaluate and Adapt: Regularly assess your energy management strategies and adjust as necessary. This continuous refinement helps you stay effective and energized, adapting to new challenges in both professional and personal realms.

Effective energy management can revolutionize the way women professionals approach their careers and personal lives. By understanding what fuels and drains your energy, aligning your work with your values, and continually adapting your approach, you can not only manage but maximize your energy. This isn’t just about surviving the workday; it’s about thriving in every part of your life. Embrace these strategies and unlock a more vibrant, empowered version of yourself.


For more tips and resources on career planning and personal development, visit LYP Program. Let's embark on this journey to living our potential together!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lilit Simonyan, co-founder of the LYP Program, is an accomplished leader, certified adult educator, and social entrepreneur with a career spanning over two decades in not-for-profit and public sectors.

Known for her visionary leadership and exceptional strategic planning skills, Lilit has been recognized with several prestigious awards, including the YouthActionNet award from the International Youth Foundation and the Careers for Alumni in Public Sector award by the International Researches and Exchanges Board (IREX). She is also a distinguished Jeanne Sauvé Fellow and has received recognition from the Prime Minister of Armenia for her significant contributions to community development and youth empowerment.


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