The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

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My Rating: 7/10
Published or Updated On: 
November 12, 2022

Big Picture Thoughts

My rating reflects the core idea that energy is the key asset to manage rather than time. That idea is incredibly valuable to understanding how to produce your best work. The book itself is just OK.

The Main Ideas

  1. You should focus on managing your energy rather than your time.
  2. Energy follows a rhythm, and the key to maximum production is to understand that rhythm & use it.
  3. There are 4 category sources of health that dictate how much energy you have: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual.

Summary Notes

Power of Full Engagement

Exercise analogy:

Health in each of the 4 category sources is what dictates capacity. Renewal ritual examples below. Rituals can be highly personal.

NOTE: There is an ongoing replication crisis in psychology that has thrown these studies into question. Jocko Willink has also famously called bullshit on them. In my own experience, I have found that I can focus for a finite period of time on some given work, but that exercising other forms of self control (like choosing to avoid sweets or TV) actually expands my willpower to keep making good decisions.

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