What rhythms will make me the best operator I can be?

We are nearing the end of our series of Working with a Visionary. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. We’ll have one more to finish up the series, but for this week, I wanted to talk about the importance of Rhythm.

Rhythm is something we actually harp on quite often here. We talk about it a lot because it’s OH SO HARD to actually prioritize. It sounds like a wonderful thing in theory, but in practice, it takes a lot of discipline. Without rhythm, life can be miserable. When healthy life and work rhythms are incorporated there is a calm and fulfillment that enable the work we want to do. When it’s out of whack, things fall apart on one side or the other.

It’s hard for us to know what rhythms are going to be the best for you to incorporate into your organization, but we’ll share a few for us that have been really helpful for us in our work.

1. Every Monday morning we have a weekly team meeting with everyone on our staff. We check in with each other about how the week before went, if we have been meeting goals, and then we set priorities for the week. It’s an important rhythm, because it puts us all on the same page. It gives us a scope of what our other team members are all working hard at accomplishing.

2. Every week we each member of our team meets with Jeff, our founder. It is something that we truly value, being a start-up. Once the organization grows I know this won’t be possible always for Jeff and each employee, but for now, while we’re small it’s an important and wonderful part of our week. We get to brainstorm, ask a million questions, and learn from Jeff. It’s a great time to get to hear from him how he’s hoping to move our organization forward and it’s 30 minutes or sometimes an hour of his undivided attention. I urge start-ups to incorporate this time. It’s really healthy to gain perspective and connection to your employees and projects. It’s a valuable way for team members to learn from the Visionary, and for the people who are implementing the Visionary’s ideas to feel valued.

3. Build time into your schedule where the main goal is something other producing something. You have a lot on your plate, and so much of it is pushing you to produce, produce, produce. Build in 30 minutes or an hour each week, where the goal of that time is to NOT have to produce something. Don’t you feel sometimes like what you actually need to do, is to get a handle on everything on your plate? I do, but I haven’t always been awesome about building in the time to do that. Give yourself a little break. Begin valuing the rhythm of simply being, instead of always pushing for production.

4. Work hard and then go home. Listen, we know that this is easier said than done. Here I sit, writing this blog post after the time I set for myself to leave for the day. I KNOW how hard it is to put your work away. A rhythm that has become important for me, is to work at work and to rest at home. There will be things that come up that mean we need to spend time working at home, BUT I’ve found the best rule of thumb for me is to work at work. This is important. Your family and relationships need you. You give your best to your job for 8-12 hours a day. When you’re closed the computer and packed your bag to leave the office for the day, commit to being wherever you are when you leave work. It will be challenging at times, but if you find yourself working at home more than you’re with your family or friends when you’re there, you might need to rework your rhythms of home.

5. Go on vacation. We have learned to value and protect vacation. This hasn’t always been true. It took some burn-out for it to become a true value of ours. Vacation is a great way to avoid burn out. No one thinks they have the time for it, until they’ve worked a few years without taking one, and then in exhaustion and frustration comes the realization that it’s pretty necessary. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to take one, either. It’s turning off your phone for a week, putting an away message on your inbox, and then being disciplined enough to not check it. Time away gives perspective that is invaluable.

What rhythms have you incorporated into your organization so you’re working the best and most effectively as you possibly can? 

You can get caught up on the other posts about Working with a Visionary here:
You can get caught up on the other posts about Working with a Visionary here:
-Working with a Visionary
-What are the best ways to communicate?
-How do I say no for me, but not no to the idea.
-How do I define my role?
-How do I prioritize?
-What rhythms will make me the best operator I can be?
-How can I best serve my visionary to be able to move to success?
-What are some ways to handle the stresses accompanying keeping up with a fast paced visionary?

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