September. Back to routine and structure; back to reasonable bedtimes for kids and adults, alike; back to resuming my role as the night cop: "Twenty minute warning.... ten minute warning... five minute warning... BEDTIME!"
Can I tell you a secret? Sometimes, I wake up demotivated. Sometimes, I'm uninspired, busy, or just really tired. But the crazy thing is, even with limited time and resources, I have still found a way to push forward every day.
As a working "professional" who spends way too much time writing articles, drinking coffee, and listlessly staring off into the unknown, I find it difficult to carve out some gym time to make those gains I've heard so much about. Sound familiar?
The transition from summer to back-to-school can be difficult. It can be even more trying when it's the first year back to school after a divorce. My kids are going back to school in a week with the added twist of now living at two different houses.
So now, instead of futile reluctance to acknowledge that life is racing by or being regretful of the many, many days spent doing routine things I don't remember because they're mundane and not spiritually exalting, I plan things that will lift me up emotionally.
Begin your day with an intellectual mise-en-scene. Plan ahead. Prioritize your list. Above all, put your smartphone away when you are with the people you love. They are your priority, not other people's Instagram feeds.
Strategic slacking has enabled me to dramatically increase both the quality of my work and the amount I get done in a given day. It increases productivity because we don't think or work or create at the same rate throughout the day.
When I think about being a rockstar -- meaning, the person who hits the big time -- my mind strays to the glory: the parties, the fancy cocktail dresses, the fans... and that's why so few of us actually become total rockstars.
I've spent my entire career helping high performers set up better strategies and habits to keep them energized, engaged and achieving their best. And the biggest secret I've learned in almost 20 years in this field is what I call "trigger moments."
Being stuck in a rut can kill your creativity, stress you out, and zap your productivity. So how do you create a routine that conserves your mental energy without getting stuck in a rut? Here are three strategies.
Reality: the stuff you've been dreaming of, and wondering if you'll ever make happen, can start to become true for you in as little as the next 7 days -- so long as you're willing to make some fast changes.
I thought about what it would be like to go to work because it was my vocation. I wondered what would it be like to wake up every day and feel a strong feeling of suitability for my occupation? How would it change the way I experienced the world if instead of seeing work as a necessity.