Change Implementation Techniques for Laying a Foundation for New Ways

Technique 1.60 Energy Audit

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. Are you heading for an energy crisis? This questionnaire is designed to raise awareness about how exercise, diet and sleep practices influence energy levels. Please tick the statements below that are true for you.


___ I don't regularly get at least seven to eight hours of sleep, and I often wake up feeling tired.

___ I frequently skip breakfast, or I settle for something that isn't nutritious.

___ I don't work out enough (meaning cardiovascular training at least three times a week and strength training at least once a week).

___ I don't take regular breaks during the day to truly renew and recharge, or I often eat lunch at my desk, if I eat it at all. Emotions


___ I frequently find myself feeling irritable, impatient, or anxious at work, especially when work is demanding.

___ I don't have enough time with my family and loved ones, and when I'm with them, I'm not always really with them.

___ I have too little time for the activities that I most deeply enjoy.

___ I don't stop frequently enough to express my appreciation to others or to savour my accomplishments and blessings.


___ I have difficulty focusing on one thing at a time, and I am easily distracted during the day, especially by e‐mail.

___ I spend much of my day reacting to immediate crises and demands rather than focusing on activities with longer‐term value and high leverage.

___ I don't take enough time for reflection, strategizing, and creative thinking.

___ I work in the evenings or on weekends, and I almost never take an e‐mail‐free vacation. Spirit

___ I don't spend enough time at work doing what I do best and enjoy most.

___ There are significant gaps between what I say is most important to me in my life and how I actually allocate my time and energy.

___ My decisions at work are more often influenced by external demands than by a strong, clear sense of my own purpose.

___ I don't invest enough time and energy in making a positive difference to others or to the world.

How is your overall energy?

Total number of statements ticked: ___

Guide to scores

0‐3: Excellent energy management skills

4‐6: Reasonable energy management skills

7‐10: Significant energy management deficits

11‐16: A full‐fledged energy management crisis

What do you need to work on?

Number of checks in each category:

Body ___

Emotions ___

Mind ___

Spirit ___

Guide to category scores

0: Excellent energy management skills

1: Strong energy management skills

2: Significant deficits

3: Poor energy management skills

4: A full‐fledged energy crisis

. Based on the questionnaire above, most participants answer over 50 percent of the questions 'wrong', meaning that they miss breakfast, neglect to express appreciation to others, struggle to focus on one thing at a time, spend too much time on activities that have little sense of purpose, etc. Most participants are not surprised to learn that these behaviours are counterproductive, and having them all listed in one place is more powerful.

. To access the energy of the human spirit, you need to clarify priorities under 3 categories

i) doing what you do best and enjoy most

To help people discover the areas of strength, ask them to remember activities when they felt effective, effortlessly adsorbed, inspired and fulfilled so that they can understand what energized them so positively and what specific talents they were using. Then encourage people to establish a ritual that will help them do more of these activities.

ii) consciously allocating time and energy to areas of your life that are important to you, such as work, family, health, community, etc

To close the gap between what people say is important and what they do, need to develop rituals, such as if family is important, do not take work home and allocate time for family only

iii) living your core values in your daily behaviours

To help to understand what you stand for and want to be, you need to ask the following question

"...what are the qualities that you find most off‐putting when you see them in others?..."

Tony Schwartz, 2007

By describing what you cannot stand, sometime people unintentionally describe the values that they stand for, eg stinginess, always late, etc

NB What you do best and what you enjoy most are not necessarily mutually inclusive

(source: Tony Schwartz, 2007)


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