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

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  10,891 ratings  ·  534 reviews
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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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
Sergii Khlivnenko
Керування часом неефективне. Керування власною енергією - ось що нам потрібно. В книзі описується як розвивати фізичну, емоційну, розумову і духовну енергію. Це досягається через інтервальні тренування, що дозволяють максимально викластися та повністю відновитися.
Дуже круто описана система тренування, що практично перевірена як на спортсменах світового рівня, так і професіоналах компаній із списку Fortune 500. Визначення цілі, прийняття реальності та вироблення корисних ритуалів - ось три головн
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
Sergey Morovshik
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top
Отличная книга про все виды энергии у человекая, что с ними делать. Как прокачать каждый отдельный «мускул» и конкретные примеры с экшен планом.
Одна из лучших книг по теме энергии!
Рекомендую тем кто в стрессе или не может «собраться».
Ещё один плюс , она короткая :)
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
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
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
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
Egia Chaparyan
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Неожиданно отличная книга: мало воды, понятная структура, убедительная аргументация. Возможно, запрос хорошо совпал с содержанием. О чем книга? Энергия бывает духовная, физическая, умственная и эмоциональная. В каждом виде энергии свои "мускулы", которые нужно тренировать, подвергая систематически стрессу. Поддержание баланса энергии - ключевой навык мощной жизни. Действия, приводящие к успеху, - осознанные ритуалы. Только регулярные маленькие шаги способны привести к значительным результатам, н ...more
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
Ildar Shakirov
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Основная идея книги в том, что мы управляем энергией, а не временем. Мне этот подход очень понравился. Даны практические советы и примеры из жизни как увеличить энергетические ресурсы человека. Также отмечу, что самым главным является чередование работы и отдыха. Книга безусловно полезна, рекомендую.
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.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Очень неоднозначное впечатление от книги... Думаю, что её оценка будет очень сильно зависеть от уровня читателя.

Предположим, я новичок, в один прекрасный понедельние проснувшийся с осознанием, что "в моей жизни необходимо что-то менять". При этом главная причина такого осознания - утрата моей жизнью блеска, динамики, яркости, скорости, кайфа и т.п. Мои внутренние "батарейки" быстро садятся, энергии на то, чтобы быть счастливым при нынешних запредельных жизненных скоростях, не хватает :(

Если я -
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
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-improvement
I think I had way too many expectations for this book, because it ended up being quite disappointing. It had all the common sense stuff, just rehashing of it, i.e.; eat healthy, drink less, quit smoking, get more sleep, exercise, lower stress levels, take more time for yourself. It’s always good to be reminded, but all in all, the book was quite boring.
Imaculate Mosha
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: productivity
Thoroughly enjoyed this book , couldn't put it down. Though I don't agree with the author's specifics of living one's life , it brings up valid points on stress and recovery, rituals, values, relationships and overall work life rhythm. Highly recommend for any professional.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: productivity
Best self-help book I've ever read in my life.
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-books
Such a powerful read! I've learned so much on how I can use my energy to the fullest and how my values effect my life. A solid 4 star read and one which should be more proclaimed.
Sean Stephenson
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good information, however, it was quite basic and wasn't too compelling of a read. Didn't feel that warm or personal. Felt a bit clinical. Not bad.
Luís Ferreira
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My notes:
As Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do.” Or as the Dalai Lama put it more recently: “There isn’t anything that isn’t made easier through constant familiarity and training. Through training we can change; we can transform ourselves.”

PRINCIPLE 2: Because energy capacity diminishes both with overuse and with underuse, we must balance energy expenditure (stress) with intermittent energy renewal (recovery).

A negative source of purpose is defensive and deficit-based. It arises in th
Vladimir Protasov
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Хорошая, системная книга о том, как правильно управлять своей энергией: как восполнять запасы, увеличивать резервы и не расходовать впустую.
В сравнении с теми же "Джедайскими техниками" более фундаментальная и широко применимая.
Andrea Kerton
Couldn’t finish
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
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
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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
“To be fully engaged, we must be physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and spiritually aligned with a purpose beyond our immediate self-interest.” 6 likes
“As Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do.” Or as the Dalai Lama put it more recently: “There isn’t anything that isn’t made easier through constant familiarity and training. Through training we can change; we can transform ourselves.” 5 likes
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