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Which is your favorite personality type to be around?  The People Factor: It’s All About Energy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        By Sarah Kathleen Peck Ever been at a party and felt like you were completely exhausted? That you couldn’t stand to keep your eyes open for another minute, find dramamine online even though it was supposed to be an amazing party? Likewise, find dramamine online have you ever stayed up almost all night, find dramamine online focused and driven, find dramamine online surrounded by brilliant people and creative ideas? Energy comes in limited quantities. It is finite, find dramamine online it waxes and wanes, find dramamine online and it grows or diminishes based on what you are doing and who you are surrounded with. What dictates our energy? How do we capture these spaces that help us be amazing, find dramamine online and remove the events and things that deplete our energy? There are people, find dramamine online places and things that make me feel like I’m building my energy stores, find dramamine online that rejuvenate me, find dramamine online and help me to do my best work. Likewise, find dramamine online there are also people and places that zap my energy; that leave me exhausted; that make me feel as though I’ve waste my time and my energy – and my day – without getting anything useful done. While brainstorming in a coffee shop with a dear friend, find dramamine online we both asked each other how to deal with these different personality types as they come into our lives. People are exceptional – they are our number one resource – but not all people are helpful at any given project or time. How do you make decisions about how you spend your time – and who you hang out with? And more importantly, find dramamine online how do you say no to people and things that zap your energy reserves? Together, find dramamine online we made a map of the different types of people in our lives, find dramamine online and agreed that we would consciously try to say no to hanging out with people that didn’t help us in our long-term goals – or in our energy management. This system isn’t just about eliminating “Negative Nancys” and “Debbie Downers” (although every effort should be made to reduce their presence in your life). Understanding how people affect you means that you can do a better job matching what you need at any given moment to what your energy requires. Sometimes I don’t need to be around excited people. Find dramamine online Sometimes I just need another balanced philosopher to do and create my best work. And sometimes I need to be more judicious about reducing the time I spend with people who don’t match my energy. On the energy spectrum, find dramamine online here are the ranges of personality types – from high, find dramamine online positive energy, find dramamine online to balanced and stable individuals, find dramamine online to strong negative energy. Do you identify with any of the following energy personality types? How do you bring these different personas into your world? And do you pay attention to how people make you feel?

The Positives

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Negatives

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Sarah is the founder of Landscape Urbanism and writes a blog about design, find dramamine online business, find dramamine online psychology and strategy at www.itstartswith.com. Find dramamine online Her work overlaps in the space between architecture, find dramamine online design, find dramamine online technology and business – during the day she works as a Communications Specialist for an international landscape architecture firm, find dramamine online SWA Group, find dramamine online in Sausalito CA.