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7 Steps To Maintain A High Energy Level

7 Steps To Maintain A High Energy Level

Over the course of a day, your energy level may feel like it fluctuates or runs on empty in response to external circumstances — everything from the demands of work or family, to the weather or even the change of seasons. But as human beings, we have a boundless source of universal energy that is available to us all, all the time. By utilizing it, you can keep your internal batteries charged and your energy levels high for whatever life brings.

Here are some effective ways to tap into your innate power source and sustain a high energy level throughout the day.

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1. Be Kind to Yourself

Fact is, we can treat ourselves more harshly than others do. How often do you find yourself talking more kindly to a co-worker or even a stranger who made a mistake than you would to yourself in the same situation? Contrary to what that nagging internal critic may say, treating yourself with kindness and patience does not make you lazy. It may feel challenging at first, but train your mind to speak to you with the compassion and understanding that you would give to a friend and watch how it inspires and motivates you over time.

2. End the Blame Game

Placing blame on other people, situations or circumstances takes our power away because we are left thinking, “It wasn’t my fault. There was nothing I could do.” One of my favorite principles from Jack Canfield, originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, is to take 100% responsibility for your life. Giving up excuses in favor of taking responsibility and the necessary action is, perhaps, easier said than done — but worthwhile.

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3. Stop Tolerating Things That Don’t Work For You

Tolerating comes in many forms. You could say, “Yes,” when you want to say, “No,” have to deal with leaky faucets, interact with people not keeping their word or missing deadlines, look around at a messy house or office, and more. Anything that you like but also feel that you are putting up with is also something you are tolerating. And here’s something you may not realize — toleration, though quite polite, takes an enormous amount of energy away from you.

4. Find Opportunities to Help Those in Need

As human beings we are pack animals designed to live in community and we feel really good when we can make a difference for another person, whether it’s through small acts of kindness, volunteering or just listening to a friend who is upset. Helping another is a natural mood booster because it takes our attention off our own problems for a while and enables us to soak in the energetic goodness of our own generosity. As Zig Ziglar said, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

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5. Practice Unwavering Optimism

Focusing on challenges and defeats will slow us down and stop us in our tracks. A better approach: Even when things are going wrong — no, especially when things are not going the way you want them to go — look for the lesson or the opportunity. Again, shifting the focus from the “problem” to the solution, seeing new avenues to take, and having a greater awareness of what’s possible not only prevent the energy drain, but also infuse us with all-new energy. New possibilities cause our energy to go up. We are interested, engaged and willing to keep moving forward.

6. Have a Daily Centering Practice

Take time to just breathe and observe yourself in the present moment. Right here, right now is a place that is free from the guilt and regret over the past and from worry about the future. The past and the future are truly insignificant. The only thing that matters is the present moment. By focusing on your breath and the present moment, you can instantly reduce stress and reintroduce yourself to the power you have within you to take action now.

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7. Put Your Passions on Your Schedule

What do you love doing so much that you lose track of time and find yourself almost in another dimension? Allowing yourself to engage in those activities more often can prevent your battery from getting low or recharge it if you find yourself running low on energy. To make sure you have time in your schedule for what’s important to you, work your priorities around your passions rather than vice versa —and watch your energy soar.

Do you have some tried and true ways to maintain a high energy level? Share them in the comments!

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Last Updated on September 30, 2020

Effective vs Efficient: What’s the Difference Regarding Productivity?

Effective vs Efficient: What’s the Difference Regarding Productivity?

When it comes to being effective vs efficient, there are a lot of similarities, and because of this, they’re often misused and misinterpreted, both in daily use and application.

Every business should look for new ways to improve employee effectiveness and efficiency to save time and energy in the long term. Just because a company or employee has one, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that the other is equally present.

Utilizing both an effective and efficient methodology in nearly any capacity of work and life will yield high levels of productivity, while a lack of it will lead to a lack of positive results.

Before we discuss the various nuances between the word effective and efficient and how they factor into productivity, let’s break things down with a definition of their terms.

Effective vs Efficient

Effective is defined as “producing a decided, decisive, or desired effect.” Meanwhile, the word “efficient ” is defined as “capable of producing desired results with little or no waste (as of time or materials).”[1]

A rather simple way of explaining the differences between the two would be to consider a light bulb. Say that your porch light burned out and you decided that you wanted to replace the incandescent light bulb outside with an LED one. Either light bulb would be effective in accomplishing the goal of providing you with light at night, but the LED one would use less energy and therefore be the more efficient choice.

Now, if you incorrectly set a timer for the light, and it was turned on throughout the entire day, then you would be wasting energy. While the bulb is still performing the task of creating light in an efficient manner, it’s on during the wrong time of day and therefore not effective.

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The effective way is focused on accomplishing the goal, while the efficient method is focused on the best way of accomplishing the goal.

Whether we’re talking about a method, employee, or business, the subject in question can be either effective or efficient, or, in rare instances, they can be both.

When it comes to effective vs efficient, the goal of achieving maximum productivity is going to be a combination where the subject is effective and as efficient as possible in doing so.

Effectiveness in Success and Productivity

Being effective vs efficient is all about doing something that brings about the desired intent or effect[2]. If a pest control company is hired to rid a building’s infestation, and they employ “method A” and successfully completed the job, they’ve been effective at achieving the task.

The task was performed correctly, to the extent that the pest control company did what they were hired to do. As for how efficient “method A” was in completing the task, that’s another story.

If the pest control company took longer than expected to complete the job and used more resources than needed, then their efficiency in completing the task wasn’t particularly good. The client may feel that even though the job was completed, the value in the service wasn’t up to par.

When assessing the effectiveness of any business strategy, it’s wise to ask certain questions before moving forward:

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  • Has a target solution to the problem been identified?
  • What is the ideal response time for achieving the goal?
  • Does the cost balance out with the benefit?

Looking at these questions, a leader should ask to what extent a method, tool, or resource meets the above criteria and achieve the desired effect. If the subject in question doesn’t hit any of these marks, then productivity will likely suffer.

Efficiency in Success and Productivity

Efficiency is going to account for the resources and materials used in relation to the value of achieving the desired effect. Money, people, inventory, and (perhaps most importantly) time, all factor into the equation.

When it comes to being effective vs efficient, efficiency can be measured in numerous ways[3]. In general, the business that uses fewer materials or that is able to save time is going to be more efficient and have an advantage over the competition. This is assuming that they’re also effective, of course.

Consider a sales team for example. Let’s say that a company’s sales team is tasked with making 100 calls a week and that the members of that team are hitting their goal each week without any struggle.

The members on the sales team are effective in hitting their goal. However, the question of efficiency comes into play when management looks at how many of those calls turn into solid connections and closed deals.

If less than 10 percent of those calls generate a connection, the productivity is relatively low because the efficiency is not adequately balancing out with the effect. Management can either keep the same strategy or take a new approach.

Perhaps they break up their sales team with certain members handling different parts of the sales process, or they explore a better way of connecting with their customers through a communications company.

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The goal is ultimately going to be finding the right balance, where they’re being efficient with the resources they have to maximize their sales goals without stretching themselves too thin. Finding this balance is often easier said than done, but it’s incredibly important for any business that is going to thrive.

Combining Efficiency and Effectiveness to Maximize Productivity

Being effective vs efficient works best if both are pulled together for the best results.

If a business is ineffective in accomplishing its overall goal, and the customer doesn’t feel that the service is equated with the cost, then efficiency becomes largely irrelevant. The business may be speedy and use minimal resources, but they struggle to be effective. This may put them at risk of going under.

It’s for this reason that it’s best to shoot for being effective first, and then work on bringing efficiency into practice.

Improving productivity starts with taking the initiative to look at how effective a company, employee, or method is through performance reviews. Leaders should make a point to regularly examine performance at all levels on a whole, and take into account the results that are being generated.

Businesses and employees often succumb to inefficiency because they don’t look for a better way, or they lack the proper tools to be effective in the most efficient manner possible.

Similar to improving a manager or employee’s level of effectiveness, regularly measuring the resources needed to obtain the desired effect will ensure that efficiency is being accounted for. This involves everything from keeping track of inventory and expenses, to how communication is handled within an organization.

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By putting in place a baseline value for key metrics and checking them once changes have been made, a company will have a much better idea of the results they’re generating.

It’s no doubt a step-by-step process. By making concentrated efforts, weakness can be identified and rectified sooner rather than later when the damage is already done.

Bottom Line

Understanding the differences between being effective vs efficient is key when it comes to maximizing productivity. It’s simply working smart so that the intended results are achieved in the best way possible. Finding the optimal balance should be the ultimate goal for employees and businesses:

  • Take the steps that result in meeting the solution.
  • Review the process and figure out how to do it better.
  • Repeat the process with what has been learned in a more efficient manner.

And just like that, effective and efficient productivity is maximized.

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Reference

[1] Merriam-Webster: effective and efficient
[2] Mind Tools: Being Effective at Work
[3] Inc.: 8 Things Really Efficient People Do

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