How often do you make time to think reflectively, creatively, and strategically about your work and life?
Tony Schwartz, president and CEO of The Energy Project, gives a helpful presentation of practices (rituals), that we can develop in order to accomplish our goals without losing our minds.
“A ritual consciously created is an expression of fierce intention. Nothing less will do in these demanding and complex times if you are truly determined to take back control of your life.”Tony Schwartz
In his presentation, he explains that developing these specific habits — or behaviours — and practising them at precise times, results in them becoming automatic and less energy depleting.
The four habits he invites us to consider are as follows:
Habit #1. Keep a set bedtime
Having a regular pattern of sleep, a consistent number of hours sleep a day, ensures we have enough energy for being productive.
Habit #2. Prioritise one key task a day
In aiming to accomplish one key task a day, at the time of day when we have the most energy and the least distractions, ensures we produce more efficiently.
Habit #3. List new ideas and tasks throughout the day
Making a list of things that pop into our heads or are brought to our attention throughout the day prevents us feeling preoccupied with a list of things to do, that will not only distract us, but become an invisible burden.
Habit #4. Question yourself when triggered
Reflective practice aimed at identifying what we’re communicating, and a willingness to make changes, will not only model integrity, but will ensure our relationships with others remains intact.
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