Are You Headed for an Energy Crisis? [QUIZ]

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In terms of sleep and other key factors of well-being, many of us are running on empty.

How many of the following statements are true for you?

Body

  • I don’t regularly get at least seven to eight hours of sleep and I often wake up feeling tired.
  • I frequently skip breakfast or settle for something that isn’t nutritious.
  • I don’t exercise enough (cardiovascular training at least three times a week and strength training at least once a week).
  • I don’t take regular breaks during the day to renew and recharge/I often eat lunch at my desk.

Read more about how to recharge your body.

Emotions

  • I frequently feel irritable, impatient or anxious at work—especially when work is demanding.
  • I don’t spend enough time with my loved ones, and when I’m with them I’m not always fully present.
  • I have too little time for the activities that I most deeply enjoy.
  • I don’t stop frequently to express my appreciation to others or to savor my accomplishments.

Read more about balancing your emotions.

Mind

  • I have difficulty focusing on one thing at a time, and I am easily distracted by stimuli such as email.
  • I spend much of my day at work reacting to crises rather than focusing on activities with long-term value.
  • I don’t take enough time for reflection, strategizing and creative thinking.
  • I work in the evenings or on weekends and rarely take an email-free vacation.

Read more about unplugging and being present in the world around you.

Spirit

  • I don’t spend enough time at work doing what I do best and enjoy most.
  • There are significant gaps between what I say is important to me and how I actually allocate my time and energy.
  • My decisions at work are more often influenced by external demands than a clear sense of my own purpose.
  • I don’t invest enough time and energy in making a positive difference in the world.

Read more about finding your purpose.

How is your overall energy?

Tally up the total number of statements that were true for you:

  • 0-3: Excellent energy management skills
  • 4-6: Reasonable energy management skills
  • 7-10: Significant energy management deficits
  • 11-16: A full-fledged energy management crisis

SOURCE: theenergyproject.com

Read more about The Energy Project and well-being at work.

For more on this subject, see the article, "Beating the Energy Crisis," by Paula Felps in the February 2015 issue of Live Happy magazine.