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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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