Thinking In Terms of Preventative Care
Honestly, I have a hard time remembering to brush my teeth. If I skip one day, it won’t be the end of the world, just like it won’t be the end of the world if I schedule a meeting during the most productive writing time I have. But building good daily habits is an important part of preventative care — the care that catches small problems when they’re still minor and before they get big. It keeps us humming along without having to play catch up on our work or go to the hospital.
It’s a different sort of mind set, at least when it comes to productivity. Doctors, as a general rule, seem to be pushing for preventative care even if health insurers aren’t so supportive. But with a lot of productivity systems, you get things done for the sake of marking them off the list. It’s not so much about how doing something now will make it easier to get through your day later on. Something as simple as scheduling around your most productive times doesn’t seem like that big of a deal when you have an efficient system — just like it doesn’t seem like such a big deal to exercise regularly when there are medical methods to get rid of fat.
I’m Adding Preventative Care to My Productivity
I try to protect those parts of my day that are most productive. I don’t schedule appointments then and I try to train everyone that I won’t be available then. It’s just like the preventative steps that I take to stay healthy, like brushing my teeth every day. I’m reducing anything that even seems like procrastination. I won’t be able to eliminate it entirely, but I’m certainly trying. I’m trying to stick to a mindset that if I can act now to prevent a potential problem down the line, I should.
It’s tough. It changes priorities. Not only is getting done what is important today important, but I’ve also got to think about tomorrow and next year and perhaps even farther into the future. We try to stay healthy now, not just for the immediate impact but so that we’ll live longer and have a higher quality of life.
What’s Your Normal?
A friend of mine was recently speaking about how busy her life has gotten and how she’s been waiting for things to get back to normal. But she’s realized that this is now normal — life isn’t going to slow down for her. That means that she’s got to put systems in place to keep it from overwhelming her. She’s got to take some preventative steps now to keep things manageable — rather than waiting for it all to build up and implode. It’s like an athlete who puts stress on her body day in and day out: her preventative care routine has to ratchet up a couple of notches, probably above what other people would consider normal.
Where can you take some steps to make sure that you can maintain your current levels of energy and productivity?
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