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The secret to time management is managing energy
Although I have been described as an "energizer bunny" or the "girl with the most chi," working in hectic, high pressure environments has taught me that sustainability is key. Sustainability requires managing both time and energy, and doing more of what one likes to do everyday. Managing energy means focusing one's life on what's most important to you (personally and professionally), and regularly reinforcing that focus with regular action (preferably every day or at least several times a week).
In a fast-paced place like New York City, it is important to know when to sprint and when to slow down and rest. Running long distance at the speed of a sprinter is not sustainable without serious consequences for your health and your life.
Here are some suggestions on how to stay focused on managing energy:
Take action now so your time is well spent. Jot down two patterns to align your values with your actions and schedule them into your life today.
J. Maya Iwata, LMSW is the Executive Director of Sisterhood Mobilized for AIDS/HIV Research and Treatment, Inc. (SMART). She has been working for more than 15 years in clinical and administrative positions at community based organizations in the areas of health and mental health.
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