Working for yourself by yourself after nearly 30 years in organisations working for people with teams creates a variety of challenges and opportunities - some predictable others not.
One of the biggest challenges I’ve experienced has been finding and keeping operating rhythm or flow, I have tried a number of techniques and came across “Eight Before Eight” from Ben Hardy which has improved my effectiveness exponentially.
Eight before Eight:
i. Get +7hrs Sleep – recently I went to a Productivity seminar, the number one thing anyone can do to improve how effective they are is get a good nights sleep.
ii. Prayer and / or Meditation – whichever you prefer. It has helped ground me, there are plenty of apps out there – free or paid & are worth every cent.
iii. Journal – for between 5 – 15mins, the most productive days I have had is when I have done this morning & night, read more about the benefits here.
iv. Hard Physical activity – Spin class, skip or power walk all wake up your body, get it ready for the day ahead by getting your blood to flow & heart pumping.
v. Courage – One of the more difficult on my list, many say that courage is like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it gets.
vi. Be creative – paint, write, draw or build, see below TED Talk.
Marily Oppezzo: Want to be more creative? Go for a walk.
vii. Read or Listen to something up lifting – Spotify, TED talk, articles and other pieces – the list is endless – Neil Diamond and Cold Chisel are my favourites.
viii. Invest in your key relationships – social or commercial, meaningful relationships are well recognised and a significant contributor towards happiness.
I’ve been doing this since January and done them all 8 about 10 times, it isn’t about being exact, complete or perfect, it is about trying to build rhythm and momentum to achieve more with less friction.
I built a very simple template that helps me keep track of how I am travelling, a bit of measurement / self-accountability click here if you would like a copy.
**Charlie is an expert in developing external sales teams and people, particularly where relationships and solution selling are the key differentiators. www.charliepidcock.com.au