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The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

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“Combines the gritty toughmindedness of the best coaches with the gentle-but-insistent inspiration of the most effective spiritual advisers” (Fast Company).

This groundbreaking New York Times bestseller has helped hundreds of thousands of people at work and at home balance stress and recovery and sustain high performance despite crushing workloads and 24/7 demands on their
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Published January 3rd 2005 by Free Press (first published 2003)
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Jun 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
I first heard about this book in a great blog post (don't have the link) that summed up actionable steps on how to get the most out of your productive day. They recommended the book as an ultimate resource and expansion on the post. Turns out the post just effectively summed up 200+ pages of motivational speech and personal resume touting without all the fluff.

What it basically boils down to is that you should eat healthy, take plenty of rest, find something to be motivated about, and that "life
Max Nova
I would have avoided a lot of pain and suffering if I had read this book two months ago! The central conceit of "The Power of Full Engagement" is that "Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance" - basically the number of hours you work is less important than your energy levels during those hours.

I picked up this book because I was pretty burnt out. For months, I had been working around the clock on a big project for my startup. I used to look forward to each day, but work
Emma Sea
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was not my book.

My hackles were raised on page 42 when the authors detailed publisher Nancy Woodhull's busy work-focused lifestyle - e.g. enjoying recording new ideas while on holiday - adjacent to her death from cancer aged 52. They say:

"There is no way of determining conclusively whether there was any relationship between Woodhull's work habits and her early death, but her profile was not significantly different from many of the Japanese who die from karoshi."

Okay, so, a) karoshi deaths
Laurie Anderson
Like most "business" books, this is, at its core, a magazine article padded with examples from the authors' consulting clients.

But I found the book's emphasis on managing one's energy instead of one's time to be interesting and useful.
Jan 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Melanie
Recommended to pri by: Mentor
Shelves: 2009
Different than I had expected as it is one of the books that gets talked about at the office. The concept of needing recovery and rest really stuck with me. I remember working 20 hour days and just pushing and pushing until I was 'done' (which was impossible). But with a new job, 9 hours of pure focus is exhausting. The idea of creating little rituals throughout the day really appealed to me. I liked that they included tons of examples of people who, in very small ways, changed their habits but ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The message is clear: optimal performance comes from living a balanced life, not from working 12-15 hours straight. What will get us results is not the number of hours we put in, but the quality of those hours, which is affected not only by the specific skills we bring to our job, but by what we do outside the workplace in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual spheres. What Schwartz is saying may be counter-intuitive: how logical does it sound to say that if you work less you get more do ...more
This was an interesting read. It focuses on the idea that instead of managing time we should manage our energy (since there is always too much to do). It talks about making sure we are balancing our spiritual, mental, emotional and physical energy. It's also talks about changing our view from running a marathon through life (which produces burnout) to small sprints with periods of recovery in between. I really enjoyed reading the case studies and looking at the process/worksheets in the book tha ...more
Sean Goh
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is in the spaces between work that love, friendship, depth and dimension are nurtured. Without time for recovery, our lives become a blur of doing unbalanced by a lack of opportunity for being.

There is much evidence that highly linear forms of behaviour, excessive anything, lead to high incidence of illness and an early death.

We grow at all levels, physical, mental, emotional, by expending energy beyond our normal limits, and then recovering. Expanding capacity requires a willingness to endu
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
While certainly targeted at white-collar workers with nuclear families to come home to, the principles in this book are more general than that, and I found it helpful and inspiring despite living a more alternative lifestyle. While the idea of needing stress and recovery for maximal performance was not foreign to me, this book makes the value of "oscillation" super clear, whether it's for getting the most out of physical training with intervals, maximizing mental performance at work, or increasi ...more
Matt Coast
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you're interested in personal development, this is one of the first books you should pick up. Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz have studied high-performance athletes to determine what makes the very top players different from the players who could be at the top but aren't. Surprisingly, its not talent or skill.

The difference is ritualistic behavior. The lessons they learned from these amazing athletes are then looked at from a holistic and balanced point of view. They go through all the major area
Rob Fulton
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Power of Full Engagement

I love innovative books, when you're reading a book a day like I am, it's hard to be impressed with ideas that you've read in 4-5 other books, this book is the exception.

I realize that most of us have a focus on managing our time, schedules, meetings, and not what the author Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz suggest which is manage your energy.

There are so many examples that answered literally every question and objection I had regarding managing time vs energy.

He links tha
Sue Burton
Jul 09, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was pretty insightful and the most useful nugget of information is found in the first chapter -- its not about time, its about energy. The first 2 chapters expand on this theme and offer methods for better managing this precious resource - eat better, exercise, sleep well (duh) others like taking respite breaks, making transition and planning rituals were new and useful.
Once you read the first two chapters, the following are semi-redundant and re-emphasise points in the first -- spinn
Robert Chapman
I've read several books on the topics of willpower and time management, which is why I think the title of this book appealed to me.

The main message in this book is one which we all can benefit from, it's all about how we spend our energy. We spend our energy at work and at play, the trick is to understand how you work and how much renewal you need and when you need it to perform at your best.

Each person and profession is different, and failure to achieve the proper amount of renewal will result
Leanne Rhodes
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great book to shift your concept from time management to energy management. It looks at what fuels your energy on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level and causes you to rethink your values and what drives you. The book provides some excellent exercises to help you move forward in becoming energy efficient. The book does not offer quick fix ideas but rather sound wisdom on how to live a more fuelled life.

I knew the book was worth the money I paid for after reading the first chapte
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If this book seems a little obvious now, it's only because the advice has become so generally known. Using the performance techniques of professional athletes allows business people to work better, managing their energy rather than time. Get enough sleep and exercise, eat a healthy diet with not too much sugar, and then manage your psychic energy -- spiritual and mental -- as well as your physical energy -- it all matters. And no doubt it matters even more during the kinds of global stressors li ...more
Dec 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book that shows how important it is to address yourself at all levels: spiritual, emotional, mental and physical, in order for peak life performance. A must read.
Chrys Fey
May 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book could've been condensed down to just a few chapters. ...more
May 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My friend of 27 yrs., Kristin, recommended this book to me saying that she thought that over the years she had noticed that I had "lost joy," and am "not as connected" as she had seen in the past in me (she is right!). She thought this was an excellent book for me to it went to the top of my list! Here is a review that I Shortened a great deal, including quotes from the book! "Our pace is rushed, rapid-fire, and relentless. Facing crushing workloads, we try to cram as much as possible ...more
Brian Johnson
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Every one of our thoughts, emotions and behaviors has an energy consequence, for better or for worse. The ultimate measure of our lives is not how much time we spend on the planet, but rather how much energy we invest in the time that we have. The premise of this book—and of the training we do each year with thousands of clients—is simple enough: Performance, health and happiness are grounded in the skillful management of energy.”

“If nothing succeeds like success, it is equally true that nothi
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2012-in-2012
Often I feel like my ability to take care of my to-do list is uneven at best. I rarely have the energy to get everything done, and when I do I tend to overdo things and then feel exhausted for far too long. This book addresses these issues and much more. while there are some self-promoting moments, the lessons are relevant to all of us in this age of information overload when we are asked to work more hours and do the work of more than one person.

The key is to look at the different aspects of o
Khuram Malik
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Life changing book.

Many books that attempt to help you with time management, or workload management to reduce your stress tend very much to address the tactical issues.

This book addresses the underlying causes of why we struggle to find the time to do things. Its not a new time management or task management bible.

The authors insist that the key to high productivity is not time (since its finite) but energy, and then explain how we can increase our capacity in order to get more done in a shorter
Diana Shaffner
Jim Loehr's "Power of Full Engagement" carries such an important message. Through many examples from the business world as well as private circumstances the author illustrates how to use the power of full engagement. Fully engaging in essence means being fully present in the current moment. For readers with knowledge of meditation and mindful living exercises this will sound familiar. However, Mr. Loehr's book is an extremely worthwhile read mostly due to its amazing amount of real life examples ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just another self-development book which I like to read so much on my way to the office.
Two things that I got from this book:
1) There are only 24 hours each day. And you can't increase this number no matter how hard you want this. The only way to get more done is to manage your energy.
2) There are 4 kinds of energy: physical, emotional, brain(?) and spiritual. They didn't say it like that in the book but you can really consider is to be a pyramid. If you don't have enough physical energy you can
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've have read/went to seminars/watched informational videos on this topic. None do it better than this book. Take a couple weeks off of life to learn this book through and through. Your life will change very powerfully... forever. I credit this for pretty much all of my recent success in personal and business life, really. My life has never been better after I started implementing what I learned from this book. I will have this on my shelf for the rest of my life.

PS take your time reading this
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: creative professionals, academics, graduate students
Shelves: self-help
I'm not one for self-help books. I think most of them are really tawdry. This one is actually fairly decent. It isn't flowery at all but is full of sound advice that the authors have found works. It uses studies and offers a lot of anecdotes. Running the risk of spoilers, it strongly pushes the idea of setting up routines to manage the unexciting day-to-day stuff you have to do to survive in order to free up mental space to do your job. This is particular useful for people in creative fields who ...more
May 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
I like the new facts presented to me in this book. That energy management is the key to doing more in life, not just time management. As a working mom, learning how to manage my energy in a limited 24-hour period is an eye opener. If you like reading self help books, then I would highly recommend this book. If you are an owner of a company and you wanted optimum performance from your employees, then you also need to read this book!
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book reinforces the importance of rest. The authors speak of managing energy rather than time and eschew the benefits of taking strategic breaks all day long. When I do this, I am more productive, more energized. When I plow through a day from morning to night without a break, my ability to complete tasks lag. The Power of Full Engagement explained why this was so and gave me helpful coping strategies to manage my wavering energy levels.
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: professional
This book had some good advice to support its thesis that you should be managing your energy and not your time, because energy is the fuel for motivation and getting the right things done.

The exercises were interesting, although they got a little complicated for me. Overall, i adapted some of this advice long term (though it took a while longer for me to build new habits than the book suggested), and i am more productive and better off for it.
Cheryl M
This book has given me a lot to think about. While much of the advice can be considered common sense, the content still proves enlightening, at least it did for me. My biggest take-away has to do with the benefit of creating rituals (or routines) for sustaining energy and willpower. I found this book more interesting and informative than The Power of Habit.

I listened to it as an audio book and wish I had a hard copy to refer back to.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
I loved his book, The Power of Story so thought I'd check this one out. Maybe I'm past all of this, or maybe it just skimmed the surface? Short summary of the book: stress wears you down. Manage it by balancing work with personal enjoyment, family, healthy eating and exercise. Great read for a person who is in the thick of long term work stresses and needs a fresh start. ...more
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Dr. Jim Loehr is a world-renowned performance psychologist and author of 16 books including his most recent, The Only Way to Win. He also co-authored the national bestseller The Power of Full Engagement.

Dr. Loehr’s ground-breaking, science-based energy management training system has achieved world-wide recognition and has been chronicled in leading national publications, including the Harvard Busi

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