Why Seasonal Awareness is the Key to Increasing Your Productivity


Check out this blog post that teaches you how to use the power of the seasons to work smarter!

What if I told you that your distance from common sense and nature is affecting your success? Would you believe me? This is most apparent in our interpretation of seasons. Your lack of seasonal knowledge is destroying your productivity. We are supposed to be working with the earth. Not against it. Seasons are set up so that we know how we are supposed to invest our energy. Unfortunately, some holidays in the west have our seasonal knowledge completely off course. What's a great example of this?

New Year's Day.

Riddle me this: how can winter be the new year when everything outside is dormant? New year marks new beginnings, new energy, new possibilities. What is possible when the days are the shortest and there’s less sun energy to power you? I've always found it incredibly odd that people celebrate a new year when there's really nothing to celebrate.

This is a clear sign that your best physical efforts are not designed for winter. Common sense. This is why your New Years resolutions generally fall flat. You are not supposed to be working the hardest at this time. You are supposed to be internalizing your ideas. These ideas will be the seeds you plant in the true new year, spring. Let’s break it down.

There's 3 seasons of physical work and 1 season of mind work. Let’s start from mind work and go forward.

 

Mind work season - Winter

Winter is when you you start planning for what you want your year to be. This is all mind work. Here are 10 simple questions you can ask yourself so that you can begin to write your goals and internalize what you want.

What do I want to accomplish?

What skills do I need to accomplish it?

Who do I need to meet to accomplish my goals?

What experiences do I value at this point in my life?

Where did I excel last year?

Where did I fall short last year?

What is 1 thing I would have done differently last year?

What things can I improve on that give me the greatest ROI?

How can I take better care of my body?

How can I take better care of my mind?

Next - write your plan.

Now that you’ve answered the pertinent questions, you now write up your plan from this outline. If 1 of your goals is to grow your own food, your plan may look like this:

What do I want to accomplish? I want to learn how to grow my own food.

What skills do I need to grow my own food? I need to learn how to build a raised bed, till a plot etc.

How can I do this? Watch youtube videos, volunteer with a community farm etc.

Next - internalize your plans.

Tap into your imagination & emotional energy at this time. The days are shorter. Less sun. More moon. More emotional energy is coming from the moon. This charges up your emotional connection to self. During this time you want to be practicing some key, mind related exercises.

1. Meditation: meditation allows you to focus and visualize yourself achieving your tasks. This is the first step to actually manifest what is in your mind. You can't be what you can't see.

2. Feel like you already have what you've desired: You must practice getting in the feeling of having what it is that you already desire. If you don't feel good about what you're trying to manifest, you won't feel motivated to accomplish it. It can be difficult to do this with things that you've never had before, but you can simply feel good about previous wins while you meditate on your new wins since functionally, they will feel the same.

If you internalize your goals at this time, you will begin to envision your success and your body will be primed to carry out these actions when the sun comes back out. Winter is for internalization. This is a mind work season.