Everything that Simon Alexander Ong does is built to energise people to see their world differently and to awaken their imagination of what is truly possible so that they can live a better story.
As an award-winning coach and motivational speaker, he has been interviewed on Sky News, BBC and Forbes, and has spoken at some of the planet's most successful organisations such as Virgin, Salesforce and Microsoft. His debut book, Energize, will be published by Penguin in April 2022 and is now available for pre-order.
For this episode of the Fearless Business Podcast, podcast host Robin Waite interviews award-winning coach and motivational speaker Simon Alexander Ong. Throughout the episode, Simon shares his tips for utilising energy and provides advice on avoiding burnout whilst working from home.
Energy maintenance is often overlooked when people tend to have a busy routine. Simon has noticed that things such as burnout, lack of productivity and high-stress levels are widespread amongst ambitious leaders.
When asked to “slow down” their workload to combat this, many entrepreneurs reject this as they feel they can’t possibly afford to take a break as they already have too much on their plate. Simon argues that this is where most people go wrong when managing their energy. They equate productivity with how much they get done in a day rather than how much they achieved with the energy they had available at the time.
In the last eighteen months, thanks to the pandemic and working remotely, burnout has been on the rise overall. In a world becoming more virtual, people cannot differentiate the line between work and play. According to the BBC, this has caused an increase in workers asking for time off, overall.
According to Simon, an excellent way to manage your energy is to observe what you do with it when allowed to have a break. For example, when feeling stressed and burnt out, most people tend to allocate their time to having a duvet day to recharge their batteries, which is fine in moderation.
However, if they’ve used their duvet days as an opportunity for escapism and to stick their head in the sand, this could prove detrimental. The aftermath of COVID 19 birthed the phrase “the great resignation”, which saw many people (mainly in America) quit their day jobs and instead pursue something that truly fulfils them. Simon recommends that people should proceed to look inwards on their days off and focus on what is fueling them and what is wasting their energy. For everyone, the pandemic proved how life could be so short and how humanity took freedom and time for granted.
The great resignation suggests that people now prioritise what makes them happy over society’s expectations and opinions. Something in which Simon is all for!
So what steps should someone take if they are feeling burnt out and stuck in a neverending cycle? Simon recommends these three steps:
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