This week I hosted a Tea Time for my members where we chatted about "time management". I use the " " (in German we call them "goose feet" 🐥) because we didn't really talk about time management in a traditional way, i.e. how to be more productive and squeeze even more to-dos into 24 hours.
It was kind of the opposite.
We each shared what we struggled with in terms of time - feeling like we never have enough of it, like we should be doing more with it, and how much time we end up wasting feeling bad about ourselves.
We were all surprised that we weren't alone with this. I think it's because we see the very shiny social media versions of people's artfully embellished bullet journals and their 17 step morning routines - and it makes us feel inadequate. 😩
One lovely member even shared how much she struggles with her morning routine, she's been trying for months but it just doesn't stick. 🤷♀️
We asked her what her routine looked like and she said she tries to: journal and meditate and practice gratitude and exercise and read.... You know, the usual steps we've been told should be included in a "successful" person's morning routine.
I asked her whether she actually enjoys this (no, she doesn't) and what she would actually like to do in the morning. She said she'd love to be creative and her version of that is to draw.
We then set her a little mini-experiment for the next day: to make her favourite drink (tea 🍵) and to allow herself to draw for an hour, in peace and quiet.
What struck me most was how surprised our member was that this was actually an option and she was "allowed" to spend her own morning like this. That she was allowed to have fun.
And I see this over and over again, both when it comes to the lifestyle as well as in business. We've been fed so many "right ways" in which we should do something that it can be really hard to remember what we actually like doing, what works for us. 🤔
That's why I don't have a set "framework" or "formulas" in the Inner Circle, because it simply isn't possible to design one way that applies to every one of my members.
It's why I like hosting so many different events in the Inner Circle. It might sound weird at first that we run feedback sessions, digital decluttering, tea times, a book club, skill shares, coworking, monthly review & planning (and more!).
But each of the events has a different (carefully designed) purpose and my members can pick and choose what they need each week/month. And ignore the rest. I designed it like that.
I see it as a toolbox 🛠 with lots of small tools that they can try out to see which ones work best for them and which ones don't. And then combine them in the best way for them.
That is also why I'm renaming the Inner Circle soon! I wanted a name that better reflects our way of approaching things, with a sense of curiosity and experimentation. 👩🔬
Little hint: it has something to do with my background as a chemist. 😉 Hit reply and let me know if you can guess it!
I'll reveal it soon!
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🕐 Time Management has been on my mind lately, partly because I started reading "Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals" by Oliver Burkeman this week. It's the complete opposite of any time management advice you've ever read and I am obsessed with it! There's even a chapter on Digital Nomads specifically, which I can't wait to read. Plus it's really well written and funny. 100% recommend.
Have a lovely weekend and stay safe friends!
- Jenny 🦩
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