How ‘managing energy rather than time’ can help the personal resilience of the treasurer
November 11, 2020
In the treasury community, we often share ideas around technical issues but rarely about more personal matters that can have just as big an impact on how effective we are in our roles.
This is why at PwC we recently hosted a virtual networking session for senior women working in treasury - though hopefully the learnings are helpful to a wider audience - to explore the issue of personal resilience in the current environment. The session was led by former Olympic rower Rachel Woolf who drew upon her sporting experience to help attendees consider what they can do to achieve and maintain top performance, both individually and within their teams.
The key learning for me was to focus more on managing my energy rather than my time. In short, making time for activities, thoughts and relationships that increase the energy levels of myself and my team, while not dwelling on energy sapping experiences.
What does this mean in practice? How will I do things differently?
- I will change my preoccupation with tasks. We all tend to prioritise completing our never ending to-do lists and only upon completion of this do we “reward” ourselves with activities that improve our wellbeing, such as exercise, relaxing, or having social interactions. However, if we focus on our wellbeing more, we will be better at managing our relationships and better able to face our inbox challenges with greater enthusiasm.
- I will be more aware of my emotions. Our emotional state drives how we think and feel and in turn this impacts our actions. Simple breathing techniques can be an effective way to better manage my emotional state at stressful times.
- I will take more ownership of my time. In these days of non-stop virtual meetings, I will say ‘no’ to unnecessary activities that deplete my energy and time.
So am I following the advice? Yes in a large part, as indeed are many of the other attendees judging by the feedback we have had and we are all looking forward to the next virtual meeting after Christmas to compare notes. I will keep you posted but if you have any thoughts please reach out to me.