Follow your rhythm
Some typical examples of cycles in nature are sunrise and sunset, the four seasons as well as ebb and flood.
In the human body there are multiple examples of cycles: the blood circulates, we breath…in and out, in and out…and our heart beats more or less regularly.
But there are even more cycles such as:
- Being asleep or awake
- Being hungry or full
- Being alert or tired
- Working or taking a break
- Thinking focused or thinking broad
The human body works best, if these cycles and rhythms are stable. If there is a disturbance in our cycles, we get in trouble and feel stressed. Here are some examples that we all have experienced:
- When we did not sleep enough we get irritated easily and have trouble focusing.
- When we do not eat regularly, we drop energy and cannot concentrate.
- When we forget taking a break while working on a problem, we lose focus and get stuck.
What can we learn from this?
First, we all are different and that means that our cycles differ. Some people are morning people while others are not. This can be important when people collaborate. Decide on suitable meeting times and give yourselves enough time without meetings.
Allow yourselves to take regular breaks – some are shorter, some are longer.
When working on a specific problem, avoid distraction for a while and focus. Then take a short break, zoom out and resume after the break.
When your colleague is working on a task, wait a short while instead of interrupting her.
Get to know your cycles and rhythms. When is the best time to eat, to take a break or to work focused? Plan your activities accordingly and avoid disturbances and abnormalities.