Lesson 5 – Time Management

Setting a Ritual

How Rituals Can Help You

Be dull in your everyday routine so you can be wildly creative where it counts. Routines simplify; clarify; and create order, symmetry, and familiarity in chaos and high stress. Rituals are the foundation of success.

During high stress, rituals are like landing pads in a storm. Top performers in every area of every industry have lives full of ritual. Most of us have rituals in the morning. Think about your morning routine and how, if you skip it, you have a tougher time launching your day.

Rituals allow you to concentrate on what’s really important. Once you set them, they save you time and energy because you won’t have to plan or think about them.

Before you develop your rituals, first simplify your life. Consider your entire lifestyle. If you have an expensive lifestyle that consumes huge amounts of effort just to maintain, perhaps that time could be better spent doing more enjoyable things than maintaining homes, boats, cars, etc. Similarly, too cheap a lifestyle has a similar result. If you spend hours negotiating the cheapest and the lowest rates, airfares, gas prices, etc., ask yourself if that is time truly well-spent.

Rituals include setting time with family, for eating, for sleeping, and for exercising. It means setting a clear routine or time for all routine activities. The way to get rituals to work for you is to make sure you are setting them at times that work best for you and your biological clock. Your morning routines should be so good that when you walk out of your house, you feel ready to tackle any problems the world throws at you.

Remember:

  • No activity is more important to ritualise than sleep.
  • By fixing mealtimes and planning in advance you’ll become vastly more efficient.
  • Since exercise has such a powerful effect on brain energy and alertness, place your workout at times of day you most need them.