It’s Monday morning. Two entrepreneurs are pitching their ventures to potential investors today. They’d both agree that this is one of the most important days of their lives. This is the story of Jane Doe and Jhon Doe…
Jane was up until 4 a.m. putting the final touches on her deck. In fact, she spent the entire weekend fixed in her apartment, preparing the presentation. This morning, she woke up late and rushed putting together her most “investor-worthy” attire. She slammed a shot of espresso, grabbed her computer, and ran out the door feeling hungry and tired. She arrived right on time but felt anxious and flustered about the events of the morning.
Jhon, on the other hand, went to sleep last night at 11 p.m., as he does most nights of the week. His presentation was ready Friday afternoon. He spent the weekend connecting with friends. This morning, he woke up at 7 a.m., had a glass of water, ran couple of miles and meditated for 15 minutes. He put on the outfit he picked out the evening before, grabbed his bag, and walked out the door. He arrived 10 minutes early, feeling confident, calm, and eager to share his vision with potential investors.
Which entrepreneur would you bet on?
And, more importantly which entrepreneur most closely resembles you?
Jane and Jhon are fictional characters but having been in this industry for quite some-time now I see a lot of Janes. They work 16-hour days, seven days per week, and wonder why they aren’t getting the results they’re looking for. The truth is, results don’t come through hours spent.
Great results often come by doing less and working smarter.
Last two weekends I was in a workshop entailing life mastery skills and other various aspects of have a great fulfilling life. And one thing which came out of this was a self realization that
“Self-care is the secret to performing at the highest level.”
Here are some simple rituals we can use to perform at our highest, which you too can begin implementing right away:
1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up.
Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake helps start your day fresh. When do you drink your first glass of water each day?
2. Define your top 3.
Every morning ask yourself, “What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?” Prioritize your day accordingly and doesn’t sleep until the Top 3 are complete. What’s your “Top 3″ today?
3. The 50/10 Rule.
Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Spend 10 minutes getting away from your desk, going outside, calling friends, meditating, or grabbing a glass of water. What’s your most important task for the next 50 minutes?
4. Move and sweat daily.
Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood, and relieves stress. Most mornings you’ll find me in a CrossFit or a yoga class. How will you sweat today?
5. Express gratitude.
Gratitude fosters happiness, which is why I keep a gratitude journal. Every morning, I write out at least five things I am thankful for. In times of stress, I pause and reflect on 10 things I am grateful for. What are you grateful for today?
6. Reflect daily.
Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. I ask myself, “What went well?” and “What needs improvement?” So… what went well today? How can you do more of it?
These simple rituals will help you up your game, taking your performance to the next level.
We’d love to know the rituals that are most valuable for you! Leave your tips in the comments below