Wondering how to organize your work schedule so that it’s aligned with your needs and preferences? I thought so!
I love looking to the seasons for inspiration on how to simplify just about everything. And not only that, the seasonal cycle has been turning since the start of time. It has a proven track record for successful and sustainable results.
So when it comes to organizing your work schedule, the seasons help optimize your time AND well-being.
Just as there are 4 distinct seasons in a year that you can tap into to enhance your wellness, you can identify when these 4 seasonal energies occur in your day to organize your best work schedule. Keep reading to learn about the 4 seasonal energies, your personal “seasonal time blocks” and how to organize your work schedule around your unique energy flow.
If you have grabbed my freebie, “The Simple Seasonal Self-Care Guide”, you’ll know that I love to use nature’s cycles to optimize my own life.
And if you haven’t, don’t fret. Simply by being a human and experiencing the 4 seasons for yourself, you will already have a feel for the distinction between Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer energies.
In central Canada, here is how I experience the seasons:
- Autumn – a season of surrender; time to settle and slow
- Winter – a season of renewal; time to rest and ready
- Spring – a season of adventure; time for action and attending
- Summer – a season of fulfillment; time for flourishing and flow
You can adapt these listed energies according to the way you uniquely experience the seasons in your part of the world.
The reason you want to take note of these seasonal energies is because you too are nature, living your life amid the natural cycles of nature. You can make everything easier for yourself (including the way you spend your time and the activities you focus on) AND your results will be better because of it.
Why wouldn’t you want to apply Mother Nature’s wisdom to your workday and everyday?
Now that you’ve defined the 4 seasonal energies for yourself, let’s apply these to your workday.
Your Ideal Workday
Let’s slow things down here for a minute to imagine an ideal day in the life of your business. From start to finish, take time to visualize how you would love to spend each part of your day. What activities do you focus on? And what time of day are you most energized to accomplish those activities?
With this image fresh in mind, now turn your attention to the timeline of your workday and notice which section of each day matches which energy of the 4 seasons. Let’s call them “seasonal time blocks”.
Here’s my ideal workday as an example to start with:
- 8:30am -9:00am – gentle start, inspirational reading, setting intentions = Winter
- 9:00am – 12:00pm – productive, focused work and achieving priorities = Spring
- 12:00pm – 4:00pm – lunch break, long walk and client sessions = Summer
- 4:00pm – 4:30pm – administrative details, noting priorities for next workday = Autumn
My work schedule happens to follow the natural order of the seasons, but your order may not. Also, you can repeat seasonal time blocks within the same workday. What matters is that your ideal workday feels like a good energetic match to you.
Your Energizing Work Schedule
Now all that’s left to do is to schedule your business and wellness activities as closely as you can to match your seasonal energy blocks. I understand that this won’t always be possible – because life. Yet even starting small and scheduling just one ideal activity per seasonal time block in your workday will immediately benefit you and your business.
Creating a healthy work schedule for yourself supports your health at work.
So what four simple and doable activities can you schedule for tomorrow in each of your “winter”, “spring”, “summer” and “autumn” energy blocks?
For extra support with this, message or email me to let me know what you’ll try. I’ll be happy to follow up with you to answer any questions you may have or to hold you accountable to aligning your schedule to yourself and your needs.