Being busy seems to be a badge of honor these days. This is worth examining. Staying busy because it looks good does not have much merit. What matters is accomplishing what you set out to do, being efficient and staying out of overwhelm.
Working harder is not the only key to success. It may be a part of it, but equally important are having the skills you need, maintaining stamina by staying balanced and being smart about the goals you set.
This month, take a look at how busy you are. Are you productive? Are you getting where you want to go? Are you performing at your maximum? Being busy is not an end in itself. Nor is it a badge of honor. If you need to, let being busy go.
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I recently read a New York Times article, The Restless Quest for a Good Night’s Sleep, about the growing sleep tech field. Seem “different” to use an app for a better night’s sleep? It’s the problem that matters. If an app helps one create a better night’s sleep or to monitor their sleep, more power to it.
Sleep is integral to your balance, attitude and health and essential to your success and fulfillment. A lot works against getting a good night’s sleep – stress, worry, physical unfitness, long hours at work. If you are having trouble sleeping and are experiencing negative impacts, how about directly addressing your lack of good sleep in the next month? Set a plan to monitor your sleep and create habits that allow you to rest. It’s a positive thing to do for your career success.
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Bringing flow to your workday brings a sense of ease, increases your productivity and reduces your stress. Creating flow can be challenging in the face of a fast pace, distractions and too much to do. Here are 10 ways to help you increase the flow of your workday.
1. Practice bringing yourself fully to the present moment once every hour and when you are feeling stress.
2. Take breaks every two hours, when possible, to re-center.
3. At least three days a week get a change of scene during your lunch.
4. Exercise three times a week during or outside of your workday.
5. Eat well and be aware of your sugar and caffeine intake during the day, so they do not disrupt your flow.
6. Set your priorities at the beginning of the day and follow them. If a crisis or something else disrupts your plan, make adjustments in the present moment.
7. Be realistic about the time it takes you to do something.
8. Develop awareness of the extent to which your mind rules your day both in positive and negative ways.
9. Make a commitment to flow and balance in your life.
10. Recognize and celebrate the workdays in which you flow well.
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The new year has begun. Are you fit for the journey? How will you maintain your stamina in 2017?
Stamina is the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort. A key element of stamina is fitness – physical strength, mental acuity and emotional readiness. Also key is balance. To maintain your stamina, consider what keeps you going. Do you need a lot of sleep? What is the best balance for your life? How much physical exercise do you need? How do you preserve a positive emotional outlook? Do you need variety in your life to keep you challenged?
How will you maintain your stamina in 2017?
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Time is finite. You have to take care of yourself and put your focus where it matters. There are always things to do and new directions to go in.
Pacing yourself effectively is a skill worth cultivating. Two things are involved: balance and prioritizing. Pacing yourself with these two things in mind will allow you to stay healthy and whole and will make sure you are putting your attention where it matters.
The next time you feel you should ”do more”, make sure to pace yourself and get where you want to go.
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Sometimes, staying right where you are is the best thing to do. Life and work can keep you moving, extending your reach and setting new goals – endlessly. However, there are times when staying in motion can create problems and, actually, keep you from where you want to go.
Here are some times when staying in place may be to your advantage:
- Your energy is low and you are not functioning at high capacity. You need a rest.
- There are obstacles in the way of getting where you want to be and you are not clear how to overcome them.
- You have other priorities that take precedence.
- You need a strategy to get there successfully and do not have one.
- There are benefits to derive from staying where you are.
Always “going” is not a balanced circumstance. Staying in place, when the time is right, can help get you where you want to be.
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1. Start the year doing something new that is fun and brings you joy.
2. Pare down your goals and resolutions to what is achievable.
3. Commit to balance during the year.
4. Identify 3 things that no longer serve you and let go of them this month.
5. Create a way or place to retreat from the chaos in the world, when you need to.
6. Plan to do something that will amaze others (and yourself!) in 2017.
7. Forgive yourself for anything that went wrong in 2016.
8. Be honest about what is not working in your life right now and try to fix it.
9. Believe in yourself.
10. Acknowledge your accomplishments in 2016.
Every once in a while, you must let it all go. Even if just for a day, let go of your worries, anger, stress, upset and to-do list and make some fun. When you return to your life, you will have created a shift in perspective and be more relaxed and positive.
Getting out of your box and having fun are necessary for your balance and productivity. When will you have some fun and let it all go? And then….. when will you do it again?
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Sometimes, there is so much pressure and so little time that a day can turn you upside-down. It is hard to right yourself when this happens, but really, you have no choice but to do so. Let’s say you have a day of putting out fires, no time to do what you have to and stress through the roof. Towards the end of the day, you can’t find your bearings. What are you to do?
When you are turned upside-down you cannot function well. You first have to pull yourself out of the frenzied energy (however hard it may seem to do so) and settle yourself. It’s good to develop means to do this that work for you – getting out of your environment for a short time, breathing or journaling are a few ways. Then, you have to find a way to regroup and get started again in a productive manner.
When you are turned upside-down everything is in the wrong place. Find a way to right yourself again and all will be well.
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We all run so hard. There is much to do and think about. How about, in the next week, you give yourself a break? Take some time to relax, have fun or maybe just sleep.
You deserve it and breaks are a major element of balance. Enjoy!
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