Are you reflective at the end of each day? How is self-reflection a key component to spending your leisure time effectively for true health and rest? Are you using your brain as a storage “hard disk” instead of a system of “working memory”?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Rick Pastoor about how to be more productive.
- Rick’s top 3 productivity points
- Make time to reflect on your day
- Experiment with your life
- Rick’s advice to private practitioners
Rick’s top 3 productivity points
- Put things on your calendar and fully commit to completing them
- Do not store things or ideas in your head
- Make time for and value communication
Make sure that you never store anything in your head ever again … don’t use it for storage. It is not a hard disk, it is working memory. (Rick Pastoor)
Make time to reflect on your day
Leisure time is vital.
Having time to relax and equalize after stress is important for physical and mental health, let alone productivity. What is integral to effective rest time is to reflect on your actions and behaviors.
[That’s] both a good question and an urgent one because we live in a time where more and more people fall off the wagon, and they get hurt because they don’t have this sense of balance … and knowing when to stop. (Rick Pastoor)
There need to be boundaries around your time.
Create a habit where you reflect on the day as it ends and ask yourself, how was it? How did you spend your time? Are you making time for your other passions besides work?
The key here … is that if you don’t have some kind of system or point in time where you shut everything off, sit down, and reflect on how much [you did], and how [you are] doing … if you don’t have an answer to that … I can guarantee the answer [will be] something that [does not] fit you. (Rick Pastoor)
Experiment with your life
Regardless of the system that you want to implement in your life, you will not find what works for you if you do not experiment a little.
We need to experiment to feel if something [can] be [changed] in our system … if you do not experiment, you will never know if there is something that brings you even more joy and helps you to be a better professional and a better person. (Rick Pastoor)
Pursue the small interests that you have.
If you cannot think about something that you have changed specifically in your system in the last three months, then you are ready to try something new.
Find one thing that you would like to change, make it big, and give it a go.
Rick’s advice to private practitioners
Shift things up a little bit in your work life. If you veer towards no structure, then give the routine a try. If you stick to a rigid routine, then give flexibility a try.
You can gain a lot from breaking out of old habits and experiencing something new.
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