The energy, focus and creativity we use to fuel us in our work and relationships comes from a limited source; it requires replenishment in order to maintain optimal productivity and creativity. When we learn how to replenish ourselves and eliminate the sources of our drag, we’re able to tap into a deeper and more sustainable fuel for our work and our play.
The amount of energy and focus we bring to our work is directly proportional to our ability to rest and unplug with deliberateness and intention. Without effective transitions, rituals, habits and agreements that clearly delineate our off time from our on time, the lines between the two worlds blur and proper rest cannot be achieved. As a result, creativity, focus and performance suffer both at home and work.
“The more exacting the challenge, the more rigorous our rituals need to be.”
― Jim Loehr, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal
Mindfulness habits and practices that cultivate a culture of consciousness, calm, collaboration and compassion belong in the workplace now more than ever. When we address the need for and the benefits of attending to our inner world, we begin to see how much more effective we are at making changes in our outer world. Maximizing our productivity, creativity and collaboration skills is an inside job. When things change inside us, things change around us.
“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.”
― Jon Kabat-Zinn