Monday, February 29, 2016

Set aside sacrosanct time

Reacher frequently talks about the military mind. How a soldier thinks when scouting out a satisfactory observation point. And what he looks for is the following. 

Protection from the elements, concealment of the observers and a reasonable likelihood of undisturbed occupation for the full duration of the operation. 

This, of course, is the strong and direct and strategic language of war. However, when viewed at from a broader perspective, we can apply the same principles to our daily tasks. We can architect time and space so that distractions and interruptions can’t derail our progress. 

A friend of mine runs a small consulting firm that teaches non profits how to be more effective fundraisers. But because she wears every hat in the company, she chooses to block out the first six hours of her workweek, just for writing. 

In fact, on her calendar is a huge red square which reminds coworkers that they’re not allowed to book a meeting during that time. Ever. Because without that boundary, she would never get her writing done. And without her writing, the firm would never be able to sustain the level of thought leadership that she’s worked so hard to achieve. 

Protection from the elements, concealment of the observers and a reasonable likelihood of undisturbed occupation for the full duration of the operation. 

It sounds intense and militant, but if you don’t set boundaries for yourself, other people will set them for you. And then they will violate them. And it will be your fault because you didn’t set the precedent. 

Set aside sacrosanct time. Insulate yourself from anything extraneous that could compromise continuity of the zone experience. It’s a small, simple and concrete way to practice being kind to yourself. 

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