I wrote two posts last week introducing the idea of monitoring your own levels of energy and discipline to see where you could maybe improve your work habits.
Because the truth is, once you see where your mind suggests short-cuts, bluffs, or rest stops, you can start to catch yourself before you do something that might shortchange yourself, your boss, your employees, or a client.
The Buddhists talk about the factor or quality of “viriya,” roughly translated from Sanskrit as “effort,” “vigor,” or “energy.” And it’s thought to be something you can actually cultivate and then use to overcome unskillful habits, like laziness, harming others, or restlessness.
It’s a productive way of thinking about bad habits.
Perhaps your bad habit, for instance, is checking Facebook or your favorite blog or sports-oriented website too often during the day. Or not clearing out your email inbox. Maybe you tend to take too many coffee breaks or forego vacuuming in that one tight corner of the shop between the bookshelf and the giant potted fern.
We’ve all got our weaknesses.
What’s important is to be able to see them and then commit to strengthening that area of your work life.
Next up: Cultivating more energy and discipline in your work