We all know what helps us perform at our best. If we have a personal project we want to work on, or a new paradigm we want to implement at work, we have to exercise self-discipline.
But when life gets busy, it’s easy to let things slip. There are very often extenuating circumstances that mean it’s perfectly reasonable for us not to do what we intended.
This is a slippery slope.
There are always going to be reasons why we can’t do things: family are visiting, it’s the summer holidays so the kids are around, things are very busy at work, a colleague is on holiday so I have to cover.
Create boundaries and habits that are non-negotiable, e.g:
- Always get up at 5.30am so that there’s plenty of time for an effective morning routine.
- Never look at emails before 9.30am.
- Connect with remote workers at least once a week.
- Write down three things to be grateful of every morning and every evening.
- Run before breakfast (and never drink the night before).
- 7am-9am every Saturday is for creative writing.
- Go to salsa class at least once a fortnight.
Notice the language of always and never. These words make things final, absolute and non-negotiable. Extenuating circumstances don’t come into it because these things JUST ARE.
What boundaries, habits or non-negotiables enhance your personal performance?
Maverick tip: occasionally allow yourself to break these rules and shake things up. Ask yourself which of these absolutes are still serving you. What if you lie in till 7.30 and do yoga or meditation in the evening instead? What if you check emails at 7am and allow their contents to inform how you plan your day? Notice what builds your energy and optimises your personal performance.