One of the most important things that I teach and coach others to do is to help create a concise and repeatable method of action – one that is easy to remember, duplicate, and manufacture at will.
This is one of the most important elements of executing on our creativity – and the more “creative” you are the more you are required, by necessity, to create organization.
The first step to creating this organizational efficiency and system is documentation – this is why I tell my students to constantly document their process! More importantly though is to have the cognition and awareness to document the environment around them when they are hitting their stride the best.
This can be difficult at first but it is something that once done becomes easier overtime – it’s like anything else in this life: practice may not make you perfect but it really, really helps!
What I tell to do is to simply observe, write down, and experiment with different experiences and see what works, what fits, and how things come into play as they find themselves in the moment of enjoyment in what they are doing.
This effort pays off big time the moment you begin to become aware of the patterns that constantly exist around you that you can leverage for your own productivity’s sake. For example, I know that the best time of productivity is in the early morning, between 5:00am and 7:00am. This is when I am the most at rest and at peace with my surroundings and when I am the most clear with my objectives and the things that I need to accomplish for the day.
In fact, this is also my most optimal time for writing and blogging – although I’ve been drafting in my head blog posts constantly I don’t sit down and write them until this portion of the day. How I came about this realization was both trial and error but also documenting those moments and comparing them with other periods of time.
Once you begin that process it’s quite fun and very addictive as you understand how crucial it is to be in the optimal environment to do your best work. In fact, you won’t want to ever not be in that environment! And remember, your environment is not just physical, it could be an emotional state of mind, a spiritual one, or even auditory via music.
Here are a few more pictures of my coaching class walking through their methods of action and explaining in great detail their optimal environments for flow:
Ah, I love the last picture here as coffee is such a vital part of my flow environment!
When was the last time you sat down and documented out your optimal environment for productivity? Have you ever considered this?