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This is the fifth book in the series Learning Together and Leading Together where we are going through the Personal MBA plan curated by Josh Kaufman. Our goal is to get through 99 books this year. Do we read the whole book? Nope. We digest the summary of the book and I give my thoughts. Feel free to follow along and comment.
Josh has been kind enough to write a summary of this book and breaks down the book into 10 points. Here are the points:
- Time is not the most important thing to manage – energy is what’s actually important.
- Wise use of available energy is what leads to results.
- All hours aren’t created equal – pay attention to your energy cycles, which naturally oscillate.
- Energy diminishes with overuse and underuse – it’s best to think in terms of sprinting and recovery.
- You are not a machine: humans need relaxation, rest, and recovery for top performance.
- You have a Gas Tank – if you don’t take care of yourself, you’ll inevitably break down.
- Used consciously, stress is a good thing – it’s a form of energy resistance training.
- Daily rituals can help you keep your energy high.
- It pays to track your energy cycles, so you can plan to maximize them.
- Time should be spent either being productive or consciously resting – otherwise, it’s time wasted.
Main idea of the book: Most people focus on managing time, which is misleading. True effectiveness is more about managing and investing your energy, and that starts by paying close attention to your body
My Thoughts: As much as we want to be God or a god we are not. I mean even God rested on the 7th day not because he had to, I believe, but because it was to show us that we need to rest as well. One of the key points in this book that I enjoyed is that rest does not equal laziness. When trying to be the most effective and efficient person possible it is important to understand that recovery is required.
When I am not speaking around the nation about leadership, technology, or ministry I have schedule that helps me focus. It took me a while to get to this point. I realized though that I can’t do everything but I can prioritize my energy and time to get more done. Confession though, when I am out speaking here and there I get off of rhythm. I don’t eat like I eat at home. I don’t exercise like I do at home. I don’t spend my energy the same. This is something that this book has highlighted that I need to work on.
What about you? What have you learned from this book? What do you need to work on?