THE 4 SEASONS OF PRODUCTIVITY
Spring is the season of opportunity. As the weather slowly improves and with it the increase in natural light, we often start to feel a new lease of life that was just out of our reach at the start of the year. With this surge in energy, ideas will begin to flourish, our moods lift and the desire to work on new projects builds. This is an enthusiastic period of new life and growth, and we tend to find ourselves more receptive and open to change, solutions and opinions. Use this fresh mindset to get projects up and running, while everything seems exciting and new – but remember that everything is still a little delicate and will need care and attention to be coaxed into fruition.
The busy season. With plans now in place this is the time to work steadily and consistently, and to focus on continued growth and nurturing your projects. You will find this season’s high energy allows for a bit of work hard, play hard; so collaborate, network and build new bonds.
The time to begin to slow and take stock of your progress; the harvest period. Focus now on ensuring projects are ticking over, or on seeing them through to fruition, then on gathering your gains; resisting temptation to start anything new.
The season to stop, rest and take time to reflect fully on the year gone by – to take a step back and properly evaluate where you are at. This rest is so necessary in order to recharge, reflect and ready yourself for the next year.
SLIDE INTO SYNC WITH SPRING : WHY IT IS USEFUL TO LIVE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SEASONS
Modern life places a lot of expectation onto our shoulders. It races along at a speed that can feel hard to keep up with, and the effort of maintaining this pace often comes at the expense of our health and well-being; leaving us feeling drained and on the verge of burn-out. Sustaining the same level of high energy day in, day out, all year round is unnatural – and in the end we actually achieve less; as working long hours in a state of near-exhaustion is far less productive than putting in shorter hours at our full potential.
The Harmonizing Philosophy is based on our belief that it’s time for a new way of living; one which takes into account our physical and mental needs and rearranges our priorities. One which strikes a healthier balance between work, rest and play – and recognises the importance of each in order to preserve a healthy, happy life. However, finding this sense of balance is something many of us struggle with – which is one of the reasons why we recommend living seasonally.
The seasonal cycle is one we all recognise, yet its significance in helping us to measure time and energy flow in our broader lives is something we don’t always realise. Nature uses this cycle to balance its productive periods with ones of rest, whilst doing everything in its power to encourage us to do the same. However, we tend to fight these encouragements, as we feel obligated to root ourselves in an eternal Summer. If we can change our mindset to acknowledge that our energy naturally dips and peeks, and that our productivity is instinctively cyclic, then we can truly find this sense of balance – and maintain it. Applying the idea of nature’s cycles to our own life cycles can also be very liberating; as by accepting that seasons only last a certain time before they must move on, we are able take a step back and accept that whatever position we are currently in within our own lives is also only temporary – and that we are in a constant state of flow towards the next season.
Maybe your own personal cycle doesn’t match up with where the seasons themselves fall, and that’s okay. It is the acceptance of this cyclic structure of productivity that is important. However, if you can sync your schedule to fit those of the actual seasons then even better – as there are natural shifts in energy within each season which your body picks up on even if your mind doesn’t.
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