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Your Personal Energy is a Key Resource

energyMany project management professionals lead stress-filled lives, work long hours on projects and still keep home and family together using their project management skills.

Most workers respond to rising demands in their workplace by working longer hours, pushing themselves to get things done, and then feel exhausted, even guilty. They can end up dissatisfied with their lives, which diminishes their overall effectiveness.

Our capacity to work comes not just from our body, but from our emotions and our spirit. Things we cherish energize us. Our work routines provide structure and comfort.

Leverage Your Energy

Our goals, when achieved, refill our motivational reserves. The following project management practices reflect how you can use your energy:

Focus on the task at hand. Maintain positive rituals to maximize full energy revival. You can manage the risk of exhausting your energy and motivation by making sure every day includes tasks and activities that refresh you.

View Your Workplace in a Positive Light

A project manager cannot expect to lead a team in a stressful and changing work environment if she/he starts the workday deflated and exhausted. People associate a “good day” with success.  If your co-workers and team sense you are not energized, they will assume you are not successful.

Personal and team energy boosters include:

Managers are familiar with these project constraints: complex group communication (sometimes due to the diversity of group members), differing worker skill levels, and limited time and money. These pressures can add a new dynamic of stress for you, the manager.

To keep up your morale and fulfill your role as leader, you must recharge your energy and motivation for both yourself and those you lead.  Balance work with family. Utilize the above tips to maximize energy. Creating a more balanced self allows you to build a positive mental and emotional environment for project success.

Although our work culture appears to value overwork and long hours, don’t be fooled.  The professional culture values work results, and getting results requires managing your own energy resources, and the energy of your team, wisely.

by Helen S. Cooke [1]