In conversation with a few studio owners about business best practices recently, one question stuck with me. “I have big goals that I want to achieve, but I can’t seem to get to them. Is there a way I can get more time out of my day?
This is a very common challenge for most people. We can’t make more time, but we can learn to make ourselves more productive. There is great news for people that learn and apply productivity skills, because studies show that a “sweet spot” exists when purpose and meaningful productivity merge. The result is higher levels of satisfaction and personal achievement.
Begin with Purpose
According to the experts, the starting line for taking ownership of our productivity begins with having clarity on why we are doing what we are doing.
Purpose and Values are the ‘why’ at the foundation of every decision. Simply said, the ‘why’ matters more than the ‘what’ and the ‘how’. It’s hard to know what priorities or goals to set, or actions to take, until we are clear on the ‘why’ that sets our priorities and plans and actions in motion.
Stephen Covey tells us in his widely-acclaimed book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, to “Begin with the end in mind.” He says that when we get clear on our purpose and values, we can learn to manage our time by what is important, rather than what is urgent.
As a studio owner, I’ve long believed my purpose has been about serving others through teaching. I also know I want to live my days with compassion, grace and grit. These values resonate with me deep in my soul. However long and challenging or short and sweet the journey may be, I find meaning and joy in this form of sharing and serving.
More specifically, my vision for BYLKN is about helping our students discover their highest potential through their yoga practice. To do that, my goals are big and bold, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Urgent vs Important
Some days, I’m challenged by the sheer quantity of tasks required to manage each day let alone move forward on this important journey of serving through teaching.
While I have to get the laundry done, and keep the showers and floors and mats clean, I also know I must savor moments in the day that will allow me to move the important work of purpose forward. If only a bit…
The urgent and the important are often in a battle for first place. I always need to remember that my vision won’t get off the ground if I squander my available time only on urgent activities. This is where the concept of meaningful productivity helps.
Knowing how to balance purpose and priorities with available time and energy can be a game changer in business and life.
The concept of meaningful productivity is about creating a mindset that establishes purpose (values) and priorities (vision) and integrity as a filter for sustainable productivity.
Once I’m clear on my purpose and my values, I’m more likely to set priorities and action steps aligned to them, with the integrity (willingness to follow through with promises I make to myself) to walk them out.
Ask yourself this:
- What is most important to you in life?
- What are your most valuable relationships?
- What are the values you most want to impart to others?
Answer those questions and you’ve got a strong foundation to direct how you spend your time and energy. Because now you can measure your tasks against your vision and values and use them to define meaningful productivity for your life.
Next week, we’ll talk about some of the productivity tips we employ to take swift action against priorities while staying aligned to our purpose and values.
What about you? If you have a story about how you’ve balanced vision and goals with available time and energy, we’l love to hear how you have made it work! Comment below, or send us an email. We’d love to share your story with our students!
Our studio, Bikram Yoga Lake Norman, and our training program, Hot 26 + Teacher Training, are both approved and endorsed by the OHYA. Our master trainer, Amy Clement, received her Bikram Yoga Certification prior to the formation of the OHYA. We are the only non-immersion Original Hot Yoga Training program endorsed on the East Coast.
Our new 500-hour hot yoga teacher training launches in September. The core curriculum includes the Original Hot Yoga sequence alongside training in productivity, personal growth, and business best practices. This integrated teacher training “system” blends cutting-edge business and leadership wisdom with ancient yoga knowledge, while honoring classical yoga sequencing.