I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately… and see if I could not learn what it had to teach. – Henry David Thoreau
Last weekend I accidentally began watching “Alone,” a survival series on the History channel. The plot is simple. Ten contestants are dropped off on an island, must live off the land, and be the last person standing to win. They must build shelter, find food, manage through the elements, deal with the wildlife, etc.
The contestants have survivalist skills and tend to focus on their caloric burn and intake, carefully prioritizing how they use their energy. They constantly measure how much they do each day against how much food they consume … which is usually not enough. In fact, most contestants leave the island, voluntarily or by mandate during medical check-ins, due to starvation.
To thrive in your career and life for that matter, the same principle applies, calories are simply units of energy and thus you are subject to the same replenishment cycle. Further, time is a limited commodity that you cannot replenish.
Take a lesson from these survivalists, carefully prioritize the use of your precious energy and time. The first can be difficult the replenish, the second you do not get back.