Having just spent two weeks in Paris totally unplugged from work and responsibility in general, I have new inspiration for getting focused again on blogging. It’s really the re-entry part that catalyzed me into action. As is typical, getting ready to go away and returning are two intense weeks that we double up our efforts so that our time away can be freely enjoyed.
The length of this trip, allowed me to immerse myself into the French culture, a culture that does not rush typically. I liked that although, I must admit, it took a while and some coaching from my daughter to relax when I first sat down and wanted service immediately. I spent many rides on the Metro observing people at all times of day. I was impressed with how few people pushed their way around the stations and trains.
Most people were not even on their phones while riding, another amazing contrast to our culture where most drivers are on the phone. People savored the time in the cafes over their coffees or wine. Small shop keepers took their time to help you and took long lunch breaks that included shutting their store during the break. It seemed so civil, sane and a much more graceful way to go about daily living.
I spoke with a lot of clients, colleagues and friends this week and the universal response I got to “How are you?” included some form of how busy they were, mostly in a matter of fact way, not complaining.
That’s when I realized how much we Americans have normalized busyness and how much I don’t want to return to that. I attempted this week to bring that measured pace into my reentry. It mostly worked even though I don’t feel like I’ve really caught up yet and some unexpected new business projects are growing bigger than I had planned. I am not choosing to let that bother me and I am working this weekend on reclaiming rejuvenation. I intend to keep an eye on my pace and see how I can keep it to a low roar and explore the benefits the Parisians know very well. And I will use this blog to help keep me focused on ways to walk the talk of my commitment to helping people THRIVE, and flourish, including myself.
Lastly, check out this website http://www.revolutionaryact.com for some ideas to help you “thrive in a mixed up world” as they say.
If you looked at my desk many days, it would look like the photo on this blog post at Lateral Action.com. That’s what drew me in. I was sure I would be vindicated that spending my time doing other things than filing would be appreciated. I am working hard on improving how I keep the many plates of my work and life spinning and not dropping one. I actually adopted some of these same strategies in the past few years – specifically, the pile method and onenote book for all of my to-do lists, conversations, thoughts of the day, etc. I can almost always find what I need, when I need it.
See what you think at this blog Get Organized, But Not Too Much. And by the way, if you are a creative type – you will love more of these blog posts!
Tonight I made history!
Maybe you’re already a fan of author Seth Godin or you’ve just heard rumblings about his new book Linchpin, and maybe you were courageous enough to be part of a world-wide meet up event tonight of linchpins. Meetups were organized across the globe, including one in Novi, Michigan that I elected to organize.
I took the reigns to coordinate a local Linchpins are Everywhere (Raise the Flag) Meetup. Linchpin is all about how to make yourself invaluable in what you do in your work, whether you are in a large company or on your own. With all the economic challenges we face in Michigan, it was inspiring to see a group of people come together because they want to make a difference in their work and help others to do the same.
Almost 800 different linchpin meet up groups had established events – all around the world. This is the history making point I made at the start of this post. I found out about the Linchpins meetups by subscribing to Seth Godin’s blog, and was inspired to organize one because networking with like minded people has always been a key to my success and a strategy I’ve preached for years to others. Even though only a few of had read Linchpin, the key themes of the book are practical and easy to share. Seth Godin just made it easy and effortless to organize linchpins so I couldn’t resist joining in!
I wasn’t disappointed and will write soon about key take aways. Stay tuned!
I was at a meeting last week and a very successful executive with GM made the statement, “we can’t sustain this pace.”
We never got back to discussing this, but the statement has haunted me since. What will happen if we can’t sustain the frenetic, long hours, and need for hard thinking all the time pace many of us find ourselves in right now? Like really, what will happen?
That’s why this article in the Huffington post caught me eye on the biological need for our bodies to take a break every 90 minutes.
Now – if we only figure out how to shorten the amount of hours we work or reduce our work loads. Looking for the next best idea about this!
I LOVE creativity like this and I hope you do too! How simple! How profound! How can you turn something you are working on from ho-hum and business as usual, to something provocative that really gets the brain working?
I’ve got some ideas. What are yours?????