Do you try to use other people’s solutions without success, and then beat yourself up because you aren’t making progress? Here’s an example of what I mean.
One of my business mentors taught me that leaving a neat desk every day would enhance productivity – since you end the day feeling complete and start the following day being organized. Sounds like a great plan, right?
And it’s true that having order is both peaceful and productive; what’s not to love about that? So, I have decided about 500 times over the past few years to leave my desk neat when I end work for the day.
But what happens at the moment it’s time to stop working? I’m usually eager to get out the door for my walk, make dinner or do something else. The last thing I want is to squeeze in time to straighten my desk. So, recently I surrendered to the truth that while leaving a clean desk at the end of the day works for a lot of people, it just wasn’t happening for me….and I was beating myself up because of it, which shrivels both confidence and effectiveness. I actually gave myself permission to leave my desk messy; it was so liberating!
I decided to try a new strategy that works great; I set my timer for 5 minutes when I first sit down to work in the morning. I’m usually still a bit unfocused, and it’s the perfect productive but not mentally challenging activity that actually gets me focused while I enjoy my first cup of tea.
The result is that I begin the day feeling organized and prepared. And I tend to keep my desk neater throughout the day since I’ve begun the day feeling “together”. Plus, there’s something about the freshness of a new day that allows me to truly enjoy creating order.
Now I feel great about my day and my routine, but in a way that works for me, not someone else. You see, I believe that deep down we all know what’s best for us. And living from this place allows us to create a rich life that is joyful and good.
It’s super important to learn from others who have accomplished what you want to accomplish to greatly quicken the journey, but honor who you are, what you want and what works best for you and your personality. And learn from others, whether it’s a mentor, coach or even an author who encourages this process.
In the end you’ll let your true self design a lifestyle that works well for you with ease. This applies to your time, your money and your life. These are yours, so use them in a way that allows you to live from your best self. What works for you?