“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?” ― Muriel Barbery
I read a lot of books, I also read a lot of books on time management, processes and how to become more efficient at what I do. Weaved into all these types of books 2 areas seem to arise, rituals and meditation in business. These are designed to help you switch off and break up your day. If you’re a creative person like me then we use mostly the left hand side of our brains and its notorious for not switching off. It constantly wants to solve problems whether you want it to or not. I find at night to be a particular busy time in my head just when I want to switch off and go to sleep.
My day is very heavily scheduled. From when I wake up to when I go to sleep. This allows me to plan my week in advance and ensures I allocate the time to certain tasks, don’t miss anything that needs doing on a regular basis. It also alerts me as to when I’m trying to do too much which has been a major running theme throughout my career. I find that your able to focus and achieve more given a deadline to get something done. It’s just like setting deadlines for yourself. To achieve this focus you need to be able to switch off everything else and concentrate on that one task. This is where Meditation can help. Meditation teaches you to clear your mind of all the distractions, deadlines, issues that occur during your day. As you do it more and more you’ll find that your able to control your mind even when you’re not Meditating. Allowing you to focus on your task. Meditation is by no means something that you can do once and then leave. It requires daily practice, it may happen quicker for some than others.
I recommend reading the book below to get started. There’s all sorts of techniques you can use, from counting to visualising and there’s all sorts of forms of Meditation. But keep it simple, for it to be daily it needs to be easy.
Recommended Reading: Meditation For Geeks (and other left-brained people) by Philip Rastocny
I’m a fan of the 90 minutes bursts of creativity then a break. During that break is where your Ritual comes in. Rituals can be anything from picking up your guitar at lunchtime to making yourself a pot of tea in your Suki Teapot. The latter is my favourite. Yes you may look a little strange taking time and care to get the water has hot as you can and then dropping in your selected tea leaves. But what the hell. If this ritual breaks up your day and gives you a treat then get on with it and enjoy it. This would be a daily occurrence, one you look forward to and most importantly one that you never skip. We are creatures of habit, and regularity makes us happy.
Recommended Reading: Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn K. Glei
I’d be interested hear about how you manage your time and also switch off for that 5 minutes during a busy day. Do you have a ritual? do you meditate? what works for you?
By Steven Burles