Thursday, January 03, 2008
Those things that suck our energy
When I was writing my last post on time wasters, I came upon an article about those things that drain our energy. Lifehack called it the 7 Energy Sinkholes. Now I grew up in Florida and have seen many a sinkhole. I have seen where they swallowed houses whole. I have seen where they have swallowed up streets. It can happen quickly and without warning. There is no way of knowing ahead of time. One of the things they are talking about with the drought in Florida that they could possibly see quite a few sinkholes. But what about the Energy sinkholes in our lives? The article hit a nerve in me because I think it is something we as ministers have to deal with constantly in our work.
The article at Lifehack.org says the following; Energy sinkholes are situations that repeatedly drain your energy and stress you out. Unfortunately, it is often hard to see sinkholes since they rarely cause a drain all at once. Instead they slowly leech away at your lifeforce until your stressed, depressed and apathetic.
Here are the big seven that may be stealing from you right now:
1 - Disorganization
2 - Poor Diet and Lack of Exercise
3 - Problem Contacts
4 - Focusing on Your Weaknesses
5 - Squeaky Hinges
6 - Blog/E-Mail/Facebook Addiction
7 - Pleasing People
Ouch, Ouch and double ouch.
But we could add to these;
Too many commitments
doing things that are not our passion or our strength
meetings for meetings sake
dealing with a lot of sickness, death and crisis sitations
negative thoughts about our selves
Hopelessness and/or despair
Too high of expectations
Too many people around you
Too few people around you
The list could go on. And no wonder the energy drinks are big sellers. Maybe its important to know the things that drain you, so you don't end up sunk into some sinkhole either. Maybe it is important to know what are your energy boosters are also, so you are getting re-engerized and not depleted. I certainly don't want to be sunk in any sinkhole.
I think that along with keeping up with how I spend my time, I am going to keep up with what drains me as well as what energizes me.