Over the end of year period I stopped. I think it was the first time in over 12 months that I actually truly stopped to reinvigorate my body and my mind, and most importantly to reflect about how I wanted to approach this new year. Some might call it a new year’s resolution but for me it is not this. It is so much more.
The time away from my work, colleagues, university space, and research was required. I was exhausted. My time away was about renewing and reinvigorating how I want to take care of myself so I can continue to do what I love. A part of this was a stopping and rethinking how I would do this. The stopping was the most important part of this process. Then I decided I would read about how others do this. How can we renew and reinvigorate our ways of working so that we can be smarter in our approaches? I was searching for some triggers that will reconnect me to approaches that are caring to my mind and body while also providing me with new ways of working. The article I read that most captured my attention was 12 Weekend Habits of Highly Successful People. This is what I learnt…
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
- The mind is the freshest in the morning so utilise these most productive hours.
- Purposefully plan.
- Align goals and tasks for the day with a focus on 2 key items to be achieved per day.
- Make time to exercise each day. Find the sport or activity that you like.
- Exercise assists in counteracting the work dinners.
- Spend time with those who you care for – this is just as important as work deadlines.
- Make the time to spend with friends and family.
- Practicing mindfulness and meditation is a daily advantage to assist the mind, thinking and how you approach life.
- Resist FOMO (fear of missing out) and focus on JOMO (the joy of missing out) – for example, is it really that important to check your email late at night, first thing in the morning and on the weekend? Resist the checking and find balance.
- Give back and be generous. Re-energize your thinking in other areas.
- Use the weekend to do all the other things you love alongside of your work. Activity and reflection are the key to becoming refreshed to continue to work productively.
- Look after yourself and you must find balance.