Hey there! It’s been a while since I have had the opportunity to spend some quality time with you via this blog. After spending some time focusing on some professional goals (no more grad school, yay!) I am back and ready to share what might be the biggest lesson I have learned in the past few months. A lesson I must admit I learned the hard way.
Over the past ten years as a student, I have learned what works for me. Basically, I need at least seven hours of sleep in order to be a functional and pleasant person. Starting the day with quiet prayer time gets me going. A hard core workout several times a week makes me happy. A home cooked meal at least once a day gives me energy. A bright, clean, and organized workspace gets me into work mode; and a detailed planner keeps me on track. Over the course of several months, for a variety of reasons, I found myself neglecting all of these things that have proved to be crucial to my success. The results: I was not productive, my work was not its best, and most importantly I was not happy.
The lesson: The Basics Work!
Getting back to the basics, simply means doing what you know it takes for you to be successful. Sometimes we get so caught up in the grind that we lose sight of the practices that are the foundation of our productivity and success. With the year coming to a rapid end, it’s the perfect time to buckle down. I am committing to ending the year by getting back to the basics. If you want to join me here are a few simple steps you can start taking today.
Reflect on what works for you: Think about a time when you were able to accomplish most of your goals and experience growth in various areas of your life. A time when you had energy and enthusiasm to pour into your personal and/or professional life. Now reflect on the following questions:
What were your work habits? How much sleep were you getting each night? What did your diet consist of? What did your daily schedule look like? What were your self-care practices? Who was in your circle?
If your current lifestyle practices drastically differ from those you adopted when you were experiencing a season of productivity, it is time to get back to basics. Start with one area of your life.
Create Habits: Once you are have identified the basic practices that are key to your success, turn them into habits. Habits are a regular set of practices that are hard to give up as a result of the rewards we experience from engaging in them. Healthy habits are essential to the productivity of most successful people I know. Check out one of my favorite reads on creating and maintaining habits to learn more: The Power of Habit.
Set Your Goals: You know I could not write about getting back to the basics without talking about goal setting. There is something powerful about setting and accomplishing a goal. Remember the key is to make your goals concreate, measurable, and realistic. Check out one of our earlier blogs on The Art of Goal Setting for more information.
Let’s end the year strong together. I would love to hear how you plan on getting back to the basics in your professional and personal life. Comment below or emailus at firstname.lastname@example.org.