This past weekend, I watched a clip on energy vampires and out of that, I held a meeting with myself to see if maybe I could be an energy drainer.
[It is important to remove the log in your eye from time to time. ]
I sought to find out who an energy vampire is, and found out that it’s somebody who literally zaps your energy dry.
What energy vampires all have in common is they “feed on” or manipulate people who give them air space and open ears. Energy vampires drain your emotional and psychological energy, distract you from what’s important, and in so doing, lower your effective productivity.
So how do we keep energy vampires at bay so that we can remain productive at work and at home? Here are 3 key ways to protect your self from energy vampires in your life:
1. Cut them out of your life if you can.
If it’s an ex-spouse who you still need to communicate with — because of the children — communicate as little as possible. Use Whatsapp, rather than making plans over the phone.
2. Set boundaries.
Your coworker with the “poor me” attitude who is always complaining rather than finding solutions to his problems.
How to Protect Yourself: Set clear boundaries. Limit the time you spend talking about his complaints. Be firm and say, “I’m sorry, I can only talk for a few minutes today,” then go on with your work.
3. Say “no” nicely.
It is OK to say no to people. And remember, “No” is a complete sentence.
Today, take some time to reflect and ask yourself a couple of questions:
- Are you an energy vampire?
- Do you have energy vampires in your life?
If your answer is ‘Yes’ to either question, maybe it’s time to change some things in your life to help you up your productivity.