More is less, Less is More! If you have been following my previous posts, you know that we have a book club at SIGMA. The book that we've just completed reading and discussing is The Power of Less by Leo Babauta.
Change can be hard for everyone, but, let’s face it, it is inevitable and a true requirement if you choose to live an intentional life – being present in the here and now. We have to embrace who we are and own the path to becoming the best we personally can be.
Babauta’s book and his six principles of 1) setting limitations; 2) choose the essential; 3) simplify; 4) focus; 5) create habits; and 6) start small, are wonderful reminders of how we can all do a better job of living a more intentional and focused life.
“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future, I live now.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Start with your 3 MITs (Most Important Tasks) and do these first. Make a habit every morning of doing this first thing.
- Process your inbox to empty. In one of his blogs on Zen Habits: Email Sanity: How to clear your inbox when you’re drowning he has a great suggestion about creating an action folder. I have done this now for 30 days and it is truly a time saver and focus enhancer.
The other great part about Babauta’s book is that he makes change actionable by focusing on the 30-day challenge. I used this challenge to improve my email sanity noted above.
I encourage you, as I did in the book club discussion, to identify one single habit that you would like to acquire or remove and try Babauta’s 30-day challenge. It is really quite simple and has 5 key components: 1) Select one habit for the challenge – only one. This is not the time to be an overachiever. 2) Write down your plan. 3) Post your goal publicly. 4) Report on your progress daily. And 5) Celebrate your new habit.
The biggest part of forming a new habit is to just do it!
With the intent of increasing focus, simplify our lives and really get intentional about what matters and who we aspire to be.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Ghandi
Take some time to think about focus. Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you have focus? Is it a tool you know how to leverage, and do you?
- Do you feel differently when you are focused… how does it impact your productivity, your engagement, your happiness?
- What are the obstacles that get in the way of your focus?
Now here is the key, pick one and try out the 30-day challenge and see how it can make a difference. Remember, from a previous blog post, the connection between thoughts and destiny? That middle step is habits.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
Happy Habit Harnessing!