People want to do so many things in a day. Schedules, tasks, lists, ideas, wishes, dreams, demands, unexpected circumstances – all of these things are usually involved in everyone’s life every single day. Is it even reasonable to push so many different expectations on yourself, and how healthy is all of this? How good is it for creativity, productivity and happiness?
Planning is great, mostly because it increases the chance of getting anything important in life done. We grow up with watching our parents create all sorts of routines, insisting on going to work every day for five days a week. They introduce us to the whole routine, responsibility and schedule thing as we grow a little older, inviting us to go to kindergarten and then school.
In school, we are all intensely acquainted with how schedules work, how demands increase and decrease, what it means to not follow set rules and how goals are turned into practice in order to gain validity.
As we grow older, some may understand these frameworks as boring, useless and refuse to follow set rules. Others may not even notice them existing, but taking the circumstances for granted and instead focus on the content.
Other kids understand these patterns early on and figure out that although nobody puts much effort in emphasizing them, these organizational ways seem to play a big role in life. Now, we’re all different, preferring to conduct work and organize our days differently, in accordance with the values we’ve created along the way.
What happens with these preferences as we turn into adults?
In a professional way, the continuation of standards, frameworks and codes of conduct continue. Here, as well, some people may not approve, others may see them as useless, and then there are those understanding the emphasis on frameworks rather than producing content.
The way an individual sees the world determines how that person will act and what questions he or she will ask. Those who see the patterns in framing things, organizing work and making sure to follow plans are more prone to be most comfortable in planning and/or leading that same work.
The people who value the content, who see the tasks and possibilities as awesome, will most likely enjoy working in a professional setting where they can get things done, leading themselves and their team.
The group of people who disprove of the set rules or regulations, frames and schemes might go for the entrepreneurial way of living and working, having no rules until they themselves create them along the way.
Good societies understand these variations and this is why they enable people to make their own choices on what professional career to pursue, while also emphasizing on some common values.
Now, mix all this with having a good day and what do you get?
Although people indeed do enjoy freedom in terms of choosing for themselves what to do and how to do it, there are still framework to consider. The current emphasis on exponentially evolving all things professionally is one of them, infiltrating all fields and having a strong impact on people’s professional lives.
However great the good intentions argument to push a little bit harder might be, the reality of things is that people aren’t robots and a robot life thus isn’t optimal for people. Human beings are complex and stress messes up their natural way of being awesome, of peak performance and of having a good life.
Caroline Webb is awesome and she knows the deal about having a good day, how to make it all happen. In her talk at Talks at Google, she speaks about the importance of having a great day, and especially in a professional environment.
Day to day existence, the consciousness, preferences, energy levels, discussions, good communication – all of these things and much more is what this awesome expert speaks about in her video. Have a look and start having an awesome day every day.