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How We Work Doesn't Work - Reviews, Self-development
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Schwartz T., Gomez J., McCarthy K

The way we work doesn't work. Proven ways to manage your life energy

M.: Alpina Publisher, 2014.



Tony SCHWARTZ is an American journalist and writer, author of several best-selling books, founder and CEO of The Energy Project. Tony Schwartz's latest book, The Way We Work, doesn't work. Proven Ways to Manage Life Energy”- was published in 2010. Since May 2013, Schwartz has written a weekly column, DealBook, in the financial news section of The New York Times.

Manage Your Energy, Not Time

main idea

Is work taking up more energy today than ever before? Do you feel like you are working overtime but not making progress? Does your mobile phone ring around the clock, seven days a week? Feeling like a squeezed lemon?

You spend days in the office and take work home, but you cannot change anything, because there is a sorely lack of time. But your energy is a renewable resource. Using seemingly simple techniques, you can restore your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy.

These include taking short breaks at certain times, expressing gratitude to others, limiting outside interference in your work, being able to devote more time to activities that you do best and enjoy best.

An idea in practice

Try the following techniques to restore all four types of vital energy.

1. Physical energy

  • Try to get yourself a good night's sleep by going to bed early. Don't drink alcohol at night!
  • Reduce the negative effects of stress: Exercise at least three times a week to strengthen your cardiovascular system. Do strength training once a week.
  • Eat small meals every three hours.
  • Learn to recognize the signs of imminent energy dips, such as anxiety, sleepiness, hunger, and loss of concentration.
  • Take short breaks every 1.5-2 hours throughout your working day.

2. Emotional energy

  • Get rid of all negative emotions: irritability, intolerance, anxiety, uncertainty about the future, using the technique of deep abdominal breathing.
  • Build a positive emotional state for yourself and those around you, and regularly express appreciation to others in emails, phone calls, and in person.
  • Try to look at the negative situation from different angles. Think about what the other person would say in this case. Under what condition could he be right? Assess the situation from a long-term perspective: how will you perceive the current state of affairs six months later? Take a broader view of the problem. What lesson can be learned from this situation?

3. Mental energy

  • When performing work that requires a high concentration of attention, minimize the likelihood of outside interference: turn off your phone, close your email.
  • Respond to voice messages and emails within the specified time frame.
  • The night before, define your most important task for the next day. Arriving at work in the morning, immediately take on its implementation.

4. Spiritual energy

  • Identify the most attractive activities for yourself, which do not require much effort from you, in which you feel your need and efficiency. Try to plan as many of these things as possible. One executive hated writing sales reports, so he delegated this function to a subordinate who enjoyed the job.
  • Spend time and energy on what you think is most important. For example, during the last twenty minutes of the journey from work to home, completely relax and get distracted. This way you can switch to your family as soon as you get home.
  • Live by your core values. For example, if punctuality is important to you, and you are constantly late for meetings, show up five minutes earlier than the appointed time.

Are you on your way to an "energy crisis"?

The checklist below will help you decide. To understand which areas of your life will benefit from energy recovery techniques, check the statements you agree with.


  • I rarely sleep seven to eight hours a day and often wake up feeling tired.
  • I often skip breakfast or eat something low in calories.
  • I don't exercise enough (meaning cardiovascular exercise three times a week and strength training once a week).
  • I do not take periodic breaks from work to restore energy. I dine at my desk, if I dine at all.


  • I often feel irritated, impatient and anxious during my work, especially when it is energy intensive.
  • I do not pay enough attention to my family and loved ones: even when they are around, I am not with them at this time.
  • I have practically no time for my favorite activities.
  • I rarely express gratitude to people and do not fully enjoy my achievements and benefits.


  • It is difficult for me to concentrate on one lesson. I am easily distracted from work, especially with emails.
  • I spend most of my day solving urgent problems, not important long-term problems.
  • I don’t spend enough time thinking, strategizing, and creative thinking.
  • Often I work evenings and weekends and hardly ever take a break from emails.


  • I don’t devote enough time to the work that I do best and is most satisfying.
  • I do not spend my time and energy on what I say is really important to me.
  • My decisions at work are often driven by immediate needs rather than a clear vision of purpose.
  • I don’t invest enough time and energy to improve the lives of others and to benefit the world.

The overall level of your energy reserves

Calculate the total number of points. The results of the ability to manage energy:

  • 0-3 - excellent;
  • 4-6 - satisfactory;
  • 7-10 - bad;
  • 11-16 is very bad.

What to work on

Points in each category:

  • Body
  • Mind
  • Emotions
  • Spirit

Results by category:

  • 0 - excellent;
  • 1 - satisfactory;
  • 2 - not too good;
  • 3 - bad;
  • 4 - very bad.

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