Previouslyon Totally, Totally, Global Inc. Sales are down. Morale is low. Strategy has been neglected. Jo has a breakthrough and develops a saga. Jo finds the first person to join his elite team. The 3 point plan.
He sat back and then leaving his notebook on the table picked up his phone and went inside, bought a small coconut juice and returned. The sun was getting warm; he downed much of the juice. It was pretty simple really: three things and they could do it. That was his plan. He would pitch to the board and if necessary to the shareholders and they could turn this around. There would be no PPT slides; just the story of their journey: a saga.
He stood up and stretched. He had to get the organisation rallied and this launched within the week; he needed a team assembled by the end of next week; he needed an off-site location with no distractions. He needed simple, lean and mean. And then they needed to leap. That was it: he needed to re-gain that passion of the start-up. The long-hours with a purpose rather than political game-playing. People who wanted to be in the room rather than had to be in the room as they had no other place to go. He wanted to have achieved something rather than fabricated BS for his quarterly objectives.
He felt good. It was a pretty obvious plan but it had taken him to time to get there and it had taken him time to articulate it. And the organisation currently had no plan. Just a mission and a set of ignored values. And it had taken him time to have the confidence to realise it could be done.
He glanced at his phone, checked the time and removed flight mode. 1142 and e-mails and texts slipped in. He scanned the texts: his sister worrying about their mother, a credit card company doing a security check and a nice text from Mary. And 17 e-mails: later. He tidied his table: returning the tiny doppio cup to the counter, binning the coconut juice in the recycling. He thanked the staff and walked briskly back to the office. Life was good.
If you sleep long and deep and consistently awake refreshed and before your back-up alarm you do not need to read further. Continue to follow the excellent patterns you have in place.
But if you do not, then decide that you will do something about your poor sleep patterns. Lack of sleep is torture, damaging to health and a major blocker to your creativity.
Restore the bedroom to a haven of tranquillity. Stop using it as an office, storage area and cinema for late-night films.
Check the basics: decent mattress, not too cold/warm, sufficient ventilation.
Deliberately get rid of stimulants e.g. tea/coffee or work/e-mail in the last few hours before sleep.
Ensure you have some down-time during the day: if not sleep will be the opportunity for the mind to do its worrying and you'll wake at 3am doing so. Take a walk at lunch-time, get up from your chair and stretch during the day,
Eat earlier rather than later to avoid sleeping when the body is still digesting food.
The ‘old tricks’: warm bath, warm milk, a good classic calming novel all work to induce easy sleep.
If you awake too early worrying about the next day or life or ‘stuff', sit up, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. As you feel sleepy, slip back down under the covers.
Your goal is to sleep long, deep and awake naturally. The alarm is simply a back-up.
Act. Sleep deprivation is not good for work, play nor health.
80. Health is mental and physical. Meditate and walk.
It Isn't Rocket Science 101, 1-10, including Stand more than you sit; walk more than you stand.
It Isn't Rocket Science 101, 11-20, including Start. End. The brackets of excellence.
It Isn't Rocket Science 101,21-30, including Being paid by time encourages longer hours. Being paid by value encourages excellence. Switch to the latter ASAP.
It Isn't Rocket Science 101,31-40, including Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime; give a man a phone as well and he'll be 'too busy' to cook simple nutritious food such as fish and far too inattentive to learn the skill of fishing.
It Isn't Rocket Science 101, 41-50, including Show the kids you love reading. And give them a book budget, a library card and their own set of shelves.
It Isn't Rocket Science 101, 51-60, includingBecome a great photographer with the camera on your phone. Then reward yourself with the expensive SLR.
It Isn't Rocket Science 101, 61-65, including School is not the best laboratory of what you are really good at. Try more stuff.
It Isn't Rocket Science 101, 66-70, including A plant in your cubicle will keep you sane as you nurture it and it reminds you of the critical nature of water and light.
It Isn't Rocket Science 101,71-75, including You write for yourself. Publication is a distraction from your art.
Previouslyon Totally, Totally, Global Inc. Sales are down. Morale is low. Strategy has been neglected. Jo has a breakthrough and develops a saga. Jo finds the first person to join his elite team.
He didn’t see Mary that often but whenever he did he enjoyed her company; perhaps he should ask her out sometime? And perhaps he should drink less coffee and perhaps he should get back to the 0630 cross-fit class and perhaps he should get serious about his Spanish? And perhaps he should start cooking and stop microwaving ready-meals?
So much to do, so little time.
But perhaps for the moment he should fix this. Just focus on this: do one thing well. Practically speaking if he didn’t fix it, he’d be looking for another job soon and he really didn’t want that again. And let’s see if for once, just for once, he could make an impact. He returned to his notebook and it was clear: they had a stack of intellectual expertise that they were no longer using. They had to re-vitalise that mass of smart skill, which had become dulled. They needed to create the next step change in productivity software. Productivity would continue to be the biggest challenge in a world of overload.
He turned to a fresh page of his notebook: in Jo’s world, rarely could anything be expressed in less than three nor need more than seven points. So, in three:
Productivity and getting the right things done at home, work and play would remain the number 1 issue.
They had some of the greatest minds on the topic but they had become dulled and mechanised and needed to re-vitalised and re-focus.
They now needed to identify ‘the leap’, the step change.