I hope that last week’s post was as insightful for you all as it was for me. This week, I have another candy shop of delights for you, with a bit more of a practical twist.
As I mentioned before, I’d come to the conclusion that there were 3 main patterns I was seeing when it came to advice about how to be a more productive and effective entrepreneur: self-care, entreprenurial strategy, and permaculture skill.
So this week’s set of lessons focus on some practical elements we can include in our entreprenuership design – how we can use our bodies, our timing and our communites to more effectively achieve our goals.
I’ve decided to add a few lessons I’ve learned from each resource to help guide you more effectively and show you what I’m learning from it all at the same time.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from trying to get my brain to work well, it’s that exercise is literally the key. Getting oxygen into the blood flow does more than any coffee or caffeine pill could ever do.
Adam is an incredible teacher who uses an audio medium (in an incredibly illustrative manner) so you can focus on your practice without having to worry about viewing a video.
If you’re looking for something manageable, he has everything from 30 minute morning ‘get up and go sessions’, to lessons that are targeted to certain body parts (the spine, legs and bum etc) to sessions spent working on certain moods, to hardcore power pushers that get you from here to there. A full 10 out of 10 for me. If you know nothing about yoga, try his full basic session – it is excellent to get you going straight away.
Lessons from Yoga with Adam
- Strength, Flexibility, Balance – The combo of all three of these things is what helps you to progress more easily through the moves. You need to work on all three.
- Find your edge – There’s no point struggling as much as there is no point going through the motions. With each move, find the point that’s a little harder than before. Too hard and it makes you angry, but a little harder and you’ll find ‘flow’ where you’re completely in the present as your mind can think of nothing else but what you’re doing. This really helps to clear you brain.
- Always be working on the basics – Your downward dogs, sun salutations and the like always need improvement. They provide the foundations for everything else – don’t neglect them.
If you enjoy Adam’s classes, you can donate to him here.
World-class author and entrepreneurial research, Daniel Pink brings up the issue of timing in this podcast. Bearing insights into his recent New York bestseller, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink makes the poignant point that we often discuss how and why we’re doing things both in life and business, but we rarely consider ‘when’. The research has shown that whether you’re taking a meeting, freelancing, or planning a large project, when we carry out those things make a phenomenal difference. This is a great podcast for those in the planning stages looking to create an implementation strategy, as well as for those looking to better project manage.
Lessons from Daniel Pink
- Different people work on different timings – Work out who are your morning people, late night people, and middle of the day people. Schedule meetings and activities according to this in order to bring the best out in people.
- Creativity in the morning – Studies are showing that we do our best creative work in the morning and experience a lull later in the day. Use the later lull for administrative work.
- Take breaks – Breaks are integral to productive functioning. Studies have shown that breaks help us to clear our minds and to look back on what we’ve been doing throughout the day. Those who are most successful take breaks, both long and short – lunchtime and holidays.
You can purchase Daniel Pink’s When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing here.
Paul Wheaton is a well-known permaculturist, master gardener, and software engineer. Dedicated to expanding the community’s knowledge, Paul Wheaton provides a variety of free resources including his blogs and podcasts to help spread awareness of certain mechanisms for solid permaculture design, from plants to governance. In this episode he explores the concept of Labour Investment Collectives with Shawn Klass-Kloop, the co-author of How to Build a Better World in Your Backyard Instead of Being Angry at Bad Guys. ‘Labour Intensive Collectives’ is a term they invented for this idea of shared labour to get jobs done more quickly, while also learning skills in the process of helping. It not only gives you a chance to practice and learn skills but also to lead and manage projects. It’s a little slow to start as a podcast, but a great concept to consider.
Lessons from LIC
- Collective learning – LICs enable collective learning, where you can use the others in your group to teach you things you don’t know. Equally, by working with another project manage on their project first, you can learn your skill from the expert.
- Management Opportunities – Learning a skill is one thing, learning to manage a project is something else. By working in LIC, you can gain skills by working on other projects and then move on to practice managing your own project.
- Collective projects save time and money – By using the people within your LIC, you save time and money on projects as what you would do individually, you can now do faster with the help of many hands. Equally, you don’t need to hire labor and train them.
If you’d like to back Paul Wheaton’s Kickstarter for his new book Building a Better World in Your Backyard, head here.
Hope that gets you thinking and moving!
Permie Emmy x
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