I love walking on the beach! I walk in all kinds of weather. It doesn’t matter if it’s the heat of summer or the freezing cold of winter.
One of my favorite things during my walks are the waves. I always know the waves will be there, no matter what else is going on in my life or the world around me. The waves are consistent! And, yet they aren’t always the same. Sometimes they are rough and roaring, dragging all kinds of sand off the beach or putting seaweed on the beach. Sometimes they are gently lapping the shoreline barely creating any movement at all.
For some people, consistency may sound boring. For others, it is comforting and stabilizing.
There are times in our lives that having something consistent can make all the difference in the world. It can be like the beacon of a lighthouse that helps to guide our way. This type of structure can provide the tempo for allowing us to be as productive as we possibly can be.
Knowing yourself well enough to provide the right type of consistency for you is key. There are lots of experts stating the best way to take control of your life is to do “x” (e.g., get up at 4am to be most productive, don’t look at your email until you have completed the most important task on your to-do list, spend the first hour of your day working on your most difficult task). These approaches may be all well and good for them; however, what works successfully for them, may not be the best choice for you.
How do you find the right consistency for you right now? Here are three possibilities:
- Take time to experiment with things that have worked well for you in the past. However, don’t get discouraged if the things that worked in your past no longer serve you, since you are possibly at a different point.
- Do some research to find out what is currently working for people who you admire (this can be someone you know personally or not). Sometimes the most beneficial approach in this case is to experiment with their method, as is, in the beginning, and to make changes to it as you learn more about what works best for you.
- Go with your gut. Take a few minutes to get away from your work, your family, your electronics and ask yourself this simple question:
“How can I be most productive each and every day?”
Then, do something that will allow you to ponder this question a little further, for example, go for a walk, meditate, listen to your favorite music, etc. Pay attention to anything that pops into your head, write it down if you can and then tryout any new ideas. Again, as you experiment with these consistent productivity enhancements, you can tweak them along the way as you discover what’s best for you.
Creating consistency in your life and/or business can be a lifesaver. This can be especially important during turbulent times, when it can be so beneficial to know what is expected of you. This type of powerful consistency can provide you with the structure that allows you to continue to move forward, even during those rough and roaring times in your life or business or the world.