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Manage your energy, not just your time

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A.G. Lafley chairman, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble Co., could easily become overwhelmed, given the enormity of his job. But instead, he’s considered one of the best leaders in business today.

He uses these three strategies to manage his daily energy and be at his best. And you can, too:

1. Work hard, then break. Lafley works hard for an hour or an hour and a half, and then he stops to recharge.

“I walk around and chitchat with people. It can take five or 15 minutes to recharge. It’s kind of like the interval training that an athlete does.” A walk down the hall to the copier would accomplish the same thing.

2. Feed your body for peak performance. “I used to eat virtually nothing for breakfast,” he says. “Now I have a V8 juice, half a bagel and a cup of yogurt. And I eat five or six times a day. It’s about managing your glycemic level. You don’t want to boom and bust.”

3. Calm your mind. Lafley has taught himself to meditate. “When I travel, which is 60% of the time, I find that meditating for five, 10 or 15 minutes in a hotel room at night can be as good as a workout,” he says.

What to try at your desk: Five to 10 deep breaths that completely fill, then empty, your lungs. Focused breathing is at the core of meditation.

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