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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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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 time. “Combines the gritty toughmindedness of the best coaches with the gentle-but-insistent inspiration of the most effective spiritual advisers” (Fast Com ...more
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Published January 3rd 2005 by Free Press (first published 2003)
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Konrad
Jun 19, 2012 Konrad 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
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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
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Emma Sea
Jun 06, 2016 Emma Sea 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
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pri
Jan 11, 2009 pri 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
Christi
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
Tommaso Coniglio
Aug 20, 2014 Tommaso Coniglio 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
Matt Coast
Jun 08, 2011 Matt Coast 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
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Christine Spang
Oct 14, 2013 Christine Spang 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
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
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Sue Burton
Jul 09, 2008 Sue Burton 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
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Leanne Rhodes
Dec 06, 2014 Leanne Rhodes 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
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Hegemony
Apr 23, 2016 Hegemony rated it liked it
If TLDR:
1: Read lists at end of each chapter
2: Apply to your life
3: Profit
Rob Fulton
Feb 14, 2014 Rob Fulton 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
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Brian Johnson
Dec 29, 2015 Brian Johnson 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
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Lori
Dec 25, 2008 Lori 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.
Sean Goh
Apr 30, 2014 Sean Goh 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
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Lara
Mar 18, 2012 Lara rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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
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A
May 15, 2008 A 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 read...so 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
Khuram Malik
Oct 19, 2010 Khuram Malik 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
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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
Tracey
Nov 04, 2012 Tracey 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
Eric
Feb 28, 2011 Eric 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
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Dave
Apr 05, 2016 Dave added it
An interesting stat was a Gallup poll in 2001 showed that less than 30% of the workforce is fully engaged. Another 19% are actively disengaged. Hence the premise of the book “The Power of Full Engagement”. How the Gallup poll was able to measure something like that is curious in itself.

The book is based on the idea that the fundamental need of human beings is oscillation or the expenditure of energy and its recovery. The opposite of oscillation is linearity which is going nose to nose all day l
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Dan
May 07, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those looking to reach full engagement in their professional and personal lives
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Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz do a great job of expanding on the books subtitle - Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal. They provide a hierarchy of energy with physical energy being the foundation working up through emotional, mental, and spiritual at the top of the pyramid. The book at times feels like a sales pitch for their servic
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Energy is the most valuable resources

Our coach in a course I attended highly recommended this book as part of our personal development plan. It turns out to be one of most holistic read on energy management. It speaks about how as human being we work most effectively in oscillation (cycles of expending energy followed with recovery) rather than linearly. The key concept is that development starts from physical to emotional, mental and finally spiritual energy; however change is top down in the r
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Natural Knowledge 24/7
Sep 19, 2014 Natural Knowledge 24/7 rated it really liked it
Why is it that when we start a new job we are extremely enthusiastic, but after a year or maybe
more we no longer have the energy or motivation to have that same feeling? At first, perhaps we
want to prove why we belong at work. But as time goes on, our behavior changes, we no longer
enjoy going to work as much, and this then affects both our work and home lives. People at work
begin to notice that despite the long hours there appears to be a lack of effort. You may even put
in less effort at hom
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Sam Bernice
May 04, 2014 Sam Bernice rated it it was amazing
Loehr and Schwartz have individually worked most of their careers on researching how humans achieve peak performance, and have together written a summary of what they've discovered to date. What impressed me about this book is that it's 1) based on actual research rather than theory, and 2) written in a manner that is very easy to understand and implement.
Loehr's work in the past centered around seeking the source of human capacity - what makes it possible for some people to perform at the highe
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Doug
Feb 22, 2016 Doug rated it liked it
A little dry staring out, and almost off-putting and infomercial-like in the beginning...but it definitely gets much better once real life examples are shared. Anecdotes about people working their jobs and overcoming their biggest challenges makes this book worth a listen. Often these people are unaware of how, through their actions, they are making others feel or why others would perceive them in a certain way (i.e. the executive who doesn't seem to value anyone else's time, but can't understan ...more
Karan
Jul 30, 2012 Karan rated it it was ok
i was very excited to read this, anticipating a complete tactical "system" (something like tim ferriss' books, with lots of actionable info) but was overall disappointed after finishing it. once you get past the central insight, which is a good one -- energy, not time, is our most precious resource -- most of the actual advice is pretty trite. there was one chapter in there about building rituals which i found powerful, but the rest of it was not nearly as helpful.
Narasu
Apr 05, 2013 Narasu 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.
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“To be fully engaged, we must be physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and spiritually aligned with a purpose beyond our immediate self-interest.” 2 likes
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