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Why Managing Your Energy Is the Key to Maximum Productivity
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To maximize productivity you must first manage your energy. That’s the message of Allison Green Schoop, associate strategy director at global design firm frog. In a new paper, Schoop reminds us that while a machine’s rate of output depends on sophisticated engineering and durable metal parts, a human being’s capacity for work depends on more variable, often intangible sources. Drawing on “The Power of Full Engagement” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, Green identifies the four types of energy that affect knowledge-worker productivity: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Schoop spoke with Inc. about how individuals and organizations can accomplish more by caring for the whole person.

When I think about the relationship between energy and productivity, I think about how much sleep and caffeine I’ve had. Is it more complicated than that?

If something feels off, it might not just be that you are not getting enough coffee or enough rest. How much you sleep, how you stay alert--those relate to physical and mental energies, which are just two of the four kinds that affect high performance. You have to be mindful of all four and how they interrelate.

The other two types of energy are emotional and spiritual. Could you explain those?

Emotional energy is about keeping a positive emotional state. If you are in a constant state of relaxation and control despite the demands of your day, you will have more...

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