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Sustainable Performance; maintaining your energy in a busy working life

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have endless amounts of energy to spend, while others really struggle to have some energy left when returning home from work? If you are one of those energetic people, what is your ‘secret’? And if you belong to the latter group, what did you try so far to increase your level of energy?

Having sufficient energy is a complex combination of factors. On a personal level, food, drinks, sleep, medicines and personality matter, as well as physical fitness, (hidden) diseases and (unconscious) worries. You probably recognize what is relevant in your personal life. On a working level, having sufficient energy has a lot to do with building and following routines of Sustainable Performance.

Sustainable Performance

Sustainable Performance is the positive outcome of managing two parallel processes at work: 1) the process of managing your work demands, in order to prevent energy leaks (or enduring stress reactions) and 2) the activities that support your motivation to perform the work and maintain a fair level of engagement. My model of Sustainable Performance shows these two processes. I deliberately wrote: “managing two parallel processes”. This means that I belief that you can do/manage something yourself. This boils down to five energy-related activities:

  1. create a healthy balance between tasks that provide you with energy and tasks that drain your energy (>70% gain/drain)
  2. be aware of and cherish what (and who!) makes you feel engaged at work
  3. search for and accept support from others
  4. train and maintain your personal resources toolkit
  5. take care of your vitality – physical, mental, emotional and meaning-of-life

So … which of these five activities do you already apply in your work?

Routines of Sustainable Performance

These routines are quite personal. I can’t give you a list that will definitely work for you; you’ll have to figure out yourself what will help you in your daily working life. Just keep in mind: the routines should save energy or refuel your battery. Do you already have routines that immediately come to mind?

To inspire you to build your own Sustainable Performance routines, I’ll present you my Top-5.

5. Personal resources toolkit: a daylight lamp that helps me to wake up in the morning and supplements my own level of serotonin during grey and gloomy autumn and winter days. It improves my mood and directly enhances my energy.

4. Engagement: making time in my agenda to read articles or books about topics that inspire me. On top of that, I participate in workshops or multi-day trainings on a regular basis. It is so nice to learn new things!

My Top-3 routines are about ‘social support‘, ‘balancing work demands‘ and ‘boosting my vitality‘. Curious? Just watch my video… (the latter half covers my Top-3, the first half an explanation of Sustainable Performance).


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