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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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The number of hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and quality of energy available to us is not. This fundamental insight has the power to revolutionize the way you live.
As Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz demonstrate in their groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, managing energy, not time, is the key to enduring high performance as well as to health, happiness, and
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Paperback, 222 pages
Published January 3rd 2005 by Free Press (first published 2003)
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pri
Jan 11, 2009 pri rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Konrad
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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Tommaso Coniglio
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
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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Matt Coast
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
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
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
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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Rob Fulton
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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Lori
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.
Lara
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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Tracey
Nov 04, 2012 Tracey rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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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Dan
May 07, 2015 Dan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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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Karan
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
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.
Kwong76
By using rituals - " a behavior that becomes automatic over time - fueled by some deeply held value", we conserve our energy. Changes in personal behavior often fail because there is too much energy that has to be put into the new behavior. By making the new behavior a ritual, that energy is not needed on an on-going basis and can be directed elsewhere. Additionally, the authors point out it takes 30 to 60 days for a new behavior to be cemented and occassional back-sliding is to be expected.
The
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Tess Rupprecht
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!
Heidi
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.
Martin Bjergegaard
This book tells us how to remain sane and healthy in a busy work environment and society, which is all about optimizing energy, instead of time. Interestingly, we can only be productive for 90 minutes in one go, then we need a revitalizing break. Therefore it is important to optimize the time we are in flow, because in flow we are exponentially more effective.
Ileana
The title says it all. The essence of the book could be gathered in two pages and if we take the self-help we could make a chapter. Instead I had to plow through hundreds of examples, ends of chapters that wanted to be professional, with a bullet like appearance with a disorganized information. The book could have been better presented, the information was ok.
Doug
I think this book relies a little too heavily on case studies, and thus the narrative fallacy, to make its point. I think what it has to say is probably valid and true, but the terminology is not hard-edged enough for me to wrap my mind around the tactical side of the theory. The case studies are probably provided in order to provide a tactical structure to the teaching, but they are each so short as to take on the feeling of fables, or parables, devoid of nuance and complexity, and thus (slight ...more
Emmalene Umar
So far this book is amazing! I love the idea of managing energy rather than just time management. This book casts a far wider net so that the focus is not merely focussing on time, but focussing on ways to renew and rejuvenate energy. Using plenty of research based on professional athletes, it is a book that is very thought provoking. The authors claim that it is important to have downtime, but then go further and define what could be done in that downtime and how to pay attention to the mental, ...more
Mikedelponte
Great book on productivity because it focuses on energy, rather than tactics. Very practical & effective.

My favorite productivity books are Getting Things Done, The Power of Full Engagement, and the Four Hour Work Week.
Jeff
Jun 20, 2014 Jeff rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: life, meta
Identify your purpose and regularly reconnect with it. Develop an optimistic explanatory style. High positive energy flows from a perception of adventure, challenge, and opportunity. Recovery, exercise, and a healthy diet are critical to sustainable high performance. Incorporate positive and rejuvenative habits into your day, every 90-120 minutes do something that aids your recovery.

Provides a set of exercises to complete that will make it easier for readers to apply the advice in the book, alon
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Joshua
A lot of people reviewing this book rate it low because they feel like the basic concepts could be summed up in a blog post... And while that's true because you can simplify anything into a shorter version, particularly if you're willing to lose parts of it, this is an inane reason not to read this book. First, because if you're really interested in that, just read the blog posts or the shorter rip-off books or watch the rip-off seminars... They're ALL OVER THE INTERNET. I've done that for years ...more
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