In her enlightening new book, “The Power of Off,” Nancy Colier observes that “we are spending far too much of our time doing things that **don’t really matter** to us.” Both in and outside her practice, she has encountered many people who have become “disconnected from what really matters, from what makes us feel nourished and grounded as human beings.”
But it’s not healthy to breathe in the same air day in, day out. Enclosed by the walls around us, it’s difficult to stand back and get the perspective we need, or to take learnings from other industries and disciplines. Enclosed in our world, we’re less open to ideas about other ways of doing things.
Ian shares some simple but effective ways for periodic change of your surroundings and environment both in terms of physical and mental space. Some examples include:
- leaving your office for quick coffee in an area you never visit.
- reading magazines that are outside of your domain
- at lunch time stepping away from your desk and going for a walk
More over at Getting out of your bubble – IanSanders – Medium
Frustration is simply a reminder a fresh plan is needed.
I really like this framework for doing things that you love:
– LIST EVERYTHING you were passionate about from ages 7–20. These aren’t your “true passions”.
That’s a made up phrase. These were simply the things you loved doing as a kid.
– COMBINE THEM. If you loved computers and movies, maybe you will write stories for virtual reality experiences.
If you loved art and being a reporter, call up all of your favorite artists and do a podcast.
– AGE THEM. If you loved games, what do adults who are into games do for money (they make them, they blog about them, they review them, they invest in stocks, they advise investors on startups for games, they use games to improve brain health, and yes, they have fun still playing games).
– FUTURE THEM. If you loved electrical engineering and fast cars, I just saw a help-wanted ad for a “self driving car engineer”.
How can you see the future? You can’t. But that’s what writing down ten ideas a day helps.
Plan: Identify what matters. I do this daily, weekly, monthly, and annually.
Act: Focus on and do what matters.
Rest: Sleeping, relaxing, relationships, entertainment.
Think: Let my brain wonder, noodle, etc.
Review: Check in with where I’m at and what I’ve been doing. I do this daily, weekly, monthly, annually.
Move: Get out of my head and into my body. (Moving and exercising is about more than physical health, it is also a huge booster for thinking and creativity.)
Start investing as young as you can. Encourage young people to do the same. Build a reputation through small, consistent acts. That’s where everything huge begins.