A few weeks ago, we discussed the importance of organising your weekend in a manner that empowers you to take control over your weekends. Today, we are going to look at something similar. Your whole life needs to be organised in some pattern that works for you. You need to discover the ‘rhythm’ that works for you.
I have noticed even at personal level that when I go through a significant change in my personal circumstances especially when I relocate, I lose my drive and efficiency until I redesign the structure and pattern of my life. We are talking about the very basic and yet important aspects of life like when do you wake up, what do you do in the morning? When do you arrive at office and how do you organise your office time? How do you drive your work at office and when do you return home? And many similar questions.
The answers to these and other similar questions will vary from person to person and from situation to situation. Those that best answer these questions are best positioned to deliver the most and the best. They stand the best chances to be very successful in life.
Have you discovered your personal rhythm? Do you have a schedule that you follow and one that enables you to perform at your best levels of efficiency and effectiveness? You need to consider whether you are an early rising person or a late night person. In school, this is easier to observe. Some students prefer to study until late and then when they sleep, they have the liberty to wake up rather. Other people work best early in the morning and in a school situation, they will prefer to sleep early and then wake up very early around 4 or even 3 am to do the most difficult homework or assignments and to study their most difficult material.
Once you discover your morning versus evening orientation, you will schedule your daily pattern accordingly. Either way, you will need to take time out to plan your day. This does not take much time – typically 15 to 30 minutes only. Again, you might prefer to be making your daily plans for the next day in the night before or doing it early morning for the day. Choose what is more natural to you and stick to that pattern. The important thing is to frame your pattern so that you can form a rhythm that you stick to. Of course, some of the planned actions may change. For example, some of the planned actions may no longer be necessary in the course of the day and so you may need to remove them. Similarly, some new actions may come up in the course of the day and you may need to add them to your plan. Basically, while planning makes you structured, you do need a little bit of flexibility to allow changes to your plan along the way, during the day.
You need to also pay attention to your breaks and free time. How best can you effectively spend your free time and your breaks? This could be the time you spend building relationships and socialising. Or, this could well be the best time for you to read newspapers, online news or even books and e-books and so on. You could spread different activities on different days. More importantly, you could consider doing some exercises to keep yourself fit and healthy.
Finally, you need to think about how you ‘reward’ yourself. How do you give yourself a good morale booster? It could be attending live music show, or going to sing in a choir. It could be a great meal at home on Friday night. Discover that one good thing that when you do regularly gives you a good morale booster and schedule it into your pattern that forms part of your good rhythm.
Remember that to perform at your best levels, you need to discover a pattern that forms a good natural rhythm for you. Once you discover your rhythm, your output will be optimised. All the best!.