In this video, Tony Schwartz challenges ’the way we work’ and the conventional wisdom that simply doing more work increases productivity. Essentially he argues that to have a balanced working mindset and be more productive you need to become more self-conscious and be wary of the way you spend your energy.
So, instead of working like a robot ‘at high speeds for long periods of time’ you should be focusing on energy spending and renewal. In particular, Schwartz says that workers end up chasing technology and instead of using it to their benefit, they are allowing it to control them making their way of working more difficult to begin with.
At the same time, he argues that competence is a valuable tool for success; however, this usually isn’t enough on its own. Renewing personal energy, on the other hand, is essential to working efficiently as this helps you better understand yourself and identify what conditions are most likely to stimulate creativity and innovation.
So, how can you change the way you work? Is there anything that you can do to improve your effectiveness at work? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!