Shift from Ugh! to Wahoo! for More Productivity


As a busy professional you have a whole lot on your plate. You’re juggling many balls in the air at the same time – your work, family, friends.

The problem with juggling so many balls is that it can quickly drain your energy, leaving you exhausted and not as effective at accomplishing what you want to accomplish. And further, when you are in constant motion, moving from activity to activity without much thought, you’re likely to experience frustration, overwhelm, anxiety, and eventually burnout.

It doesn’t have to be that way. But first you need do a little exploration into what exactly is sapping your energy. Most of us don’t take the time to reflect on this, thinking those activities or people that drain our energy are just a part of life…just the way it is. It’s not!

To begin, start making a list of those things in your life that drain your energy. These are the kinds of activities or people that give you a sense of UGH! when you think of them. Go ahead and begin making that list now and remember to include all areas of your life: work, personal, people, emotions.

Energy Drainers:





Let go of what isn’t working for you. You are only draining your energy. Trust that something much better, something you can’t imagine, is awaiting you. Kaoru Shinmon

Now begin to make a list of those activities that give you energy. These are the kinds of activities and people that when you think of them, there is a sense excitement or Wahoo! Of course, they can also be the things that give you a sense of peace and tranquility.

Energy Givers:





Once you’ve identified your energy drains, you can begin the process of eliminating them, minimizing them or dealing with them, so that you can focus on those things that give you energy.

When you take control of your energy, how you spend your time, where you put your attention, you’re more focused, more creative, more engaged. And, the ultimate payoff is that you accomplish way more in way less time.

The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results. Anthony Robbins


Identifiy as many Energy Drainers as you can. Then decide how you will either limit or eliminate them in your life. What will you do? When will you do it?

Now, how will you incorporate your Energy Gainers more consistently into your life? What needs to happen? What structures will help you keep them at the forefront?

Good luck & have fun playing with these concepts.


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