In a high performance environment we need to find a balance between operating at our peaks and recharging our batteries.
This is something that we should be doing to optimise the quality of our day to day lives (unless you are a fan of burnout).
I have had the pleasure of getting to know Jan Stewart in recent months. A few weeks ago over lunch we were discussing how we “recharged” our batteries. We touched on the usual suspects: meditation, yoga, exercise and disconnecting ourselves from the social web. These are things we do to ensure that we are reaching our desired levels of productivity and operating at our individual peaks.
We then stumbled onto the idea of #flightmode.
In one instance #flighmode is about shutting out the noise and distractions (i.e. switching your iPhone onto Airplane Mode and escaping the grid).
#flightmode is also about achieving an optimal state of living. As we reach a certain height like a Jet Stream airplane, we are functioning at our highest level.
Every morning I hit a mental reset button – it’s a new day. Every night at 9:30 I shut down for one minute (or thirty) to meditate and breathe. I do these things to achieve the dual meaning of #flightmode.
Achieving balance in life is about identifying different ways to solve the little things rather than aiming for perfection ubiquitously.
“A very slight change in our habits is sufficient to destroy our sense of our daily reality, and the reality of the world about us; the moment we pass out of our habits we lose all sense of permanency and routine” – George Moore
We all spend a lot of time embedded in our daily habits. We find structure to be a source of comfort but when something changes and struggle to adapt and subsequently freak out. This happened to me last week.
On Monday morning I arrived at my regular coffee joint in my pre-caffeinated haze to pick up my 7am long macchiato. I soon discovered that the barista had left, the coffee blend had changed and the coffee cups no longer had the gripped texture that prevented my hands from burning. This brought both shock and horror to my world.
I didn”t feel tethered to this place. It was just a small part of my daily work routine. And yet, I was genuinely bothered.
On Tuesday morning I met with Pete Williams for a mentoring session. He mentioned a theory developed by Edward Lorenz and “subsequently the uber geniuses from the Sante Fe Institute” (thanks @rexster) that has been playing in my head for the better part of the last week. In a nutshell:
As humans we live amidst chaos and small factors have the ability to alter anything, no matter how certain something they may seem. If this is in fact the case then the perhaps the best strategy to adopt is to take life as it comes because nothing is enduring.
A change in daily routine should not confound us. If life at its core is chaos, then it is also about adapting – maybe we should consider doing the same.
This morning I walked 100 metres up the road, messed with FourSquare’s head and hit up Little Wish.