“You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.”
– Robert Frost
Define Your Problems With Problem Statements
How well do you understand your problems? Let’s say you generally feel a bit meh about work. Or your attempts to reach our fitness goals are inexplicably failing. Problem statements can help you define your problems clearly and thus better solve them.
Ask: What is your ideal? What is your reality? What are the consequences of your current situation? And what can you do to improve it?
Here’s an example from Ness Labs: “I want to improve my fitness (ideal), but am too tired to exercise when I get home from work (reality), which impacts my health and wellbeing (consequences). Instead, I could start walking or cycling to work (potential solution).”
Want to try it? Read more here and see how it works for you.
Create A Pre-Flow Ritual
You’ve heard of flow – that highly focused state where time seems to melt away. Well, there are ways to get more of it. One of them is to create a pre-flow ritual; an activity you do to signal to your brain that it’s time to get in the zone.
It might be sitting down at your desk with a cup of tea, or listening to a particular piece of music. Find a ritual that works for you, and do it repeatedly until it becomes a habit.
Here are some more tips on creating your ritual. What gets you into the zone?
Riley Harper, Hollywood Stuntman
Stuntman Riley Harper prioritizes sleep and aims for nine hours a night. After waking, he:
- Feeds his dogs, talks to his girlfriend, and makes coffee.
- Sits outside in the sunlight reading Ryan Holiday’s The Daily Stoic. “Each page is a day of the year and they have little things to think about during the day. It gives me a really clean mental slate by doing it instead of scouring social media.”
- Works out with a trainer 2-3 times a week. On other days, lifts or stretches solo.
- Writes a to-do list on paper and uses his calendar to schedule major tasks.
Why it works:
- Connecting with pets is good for health – same goes for loved ones.
- Morning sun regulates sleep and mood. And you can’t go wrong with reading!
- Research supports that working out with a trainer can boost results.
- Writing down and scheduling tasks helps with goal fulfilment.
Do you read in the morning instead of scrolling social media? It’s a small change that can make a drastic difference to your mindset. Why not try it tomorrow? 🤓