If you’ve spent any time around here lately, you will have noticed things have been a little quiet. Very quite, let’s be honest. While much of that time off was unplanned, it did prove to be beneficial. My natural inclination is to just focus on the task at hand and power through, but sometimes you’ve got to really listen to yourself know when to slow down, which brings me to my first point:
1. Observe. Observe yourself, your thoughts. Observe your clients, their thoughts + comments, their history. Observe your surroundings, past + present.
2. Think. It strikes me as odd that what is really the most important step here is the one that is so often bypassed. We get stuck in a rut, in a pattern of Observe > Respond > Observe > Respond > ∞ and I think that’s where the hardship comes in. It’s not that we’re saying or doing things we don’t mean, it’s that we simply don’t know what we mean. We haven’t set an intention. So, process your observations. Think.
3. Respond. (Thoughtfully.) Being more thoughtful is something I’m trying to make part of my approach to the world. Life, interactions, experiences can all happen at such a breathtaking pace that it is sometimes difficult to take a step back and think about how to respond before responding.
These are the things I’ll be making a conscious effort to make part of my routine in 2013. Is there anything in particular you’ve brought with you into 2013? Let’s hear it! Facebook + Twitter.
My apologies for the lack of updates lately. I’ve been more than a little busy with finishing up projects, starting new ones, and working on a bit of a facelift for this site. I’m also prepping another product launch, which I can’t wait to tell you about! It goes without saying that there are overwhelming moments, but the truth is- even the longest to-do list is made all the more manageable when you’re doing work you love. Needless to say, I love what I do.
My friend Leo Babauta at zenhabits has written some wonderful words on the subject, if you’d like to know more.