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SCM Weekly: Unraveling the threads of purpose

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Welcome back, Sacred Changemakers! This week, we're diving deep into the inner work and productivity strategies that empower us to make a profound impact in our communities and beyond. Get ready to ignite your spirits and fuel your passion for positive transformation as we explore new insights and opportunities together.

In this issue:

  • Unraveling the threads of purpose with Ikigai
  • Unlock your productivity potential & join the Focus Formula challenge with Amanda Goetz
  • Enhance your work-life balance with these mental health strategies

Finding purpose in the intersection with Ikigai

In the heart of Japanese culture lies a profound concept called "Ikigai" (η”ŸγγŒγ„), which translates to "a reason for being" or "the happiness of always being busy." It's a powerful notion that encapsulates the intersection of what you love, what you're good at, what the world needs, and what you can get paid for.

Imagine your life as a piece of intricate rope, woven from these four essential strands. Each strand represents a vital aspect of your existence, intertwining to create a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

  • What you love speaks to your passions and interests. It's about pursuing activities that bring you joy and ignite your soul. Whether it's painting, writing, or helping others, honoring what you love is fundamental to living a meaningful life.
  • What you're good at celebrates your unique talents and strengths. It's about recognizing your skills and abilities and leveraging them to make a positive impact in the world. Embracing your strengths allows you to contribute your best self to your endeavors.
  • What the world needs shifts the focus outward. It's about identifying opportunities to serve others and address pressing challenges in your community and beyond. Finding alignment between your skills and the needs of the world allows you to create meaningful change and leave a lasting legacy.
  • What you can get paid for encourages us to view monetary rewards as a byproduct of purposeful work rather than the sole measure of success. It's about finding opportunities that align with your passions, skills, and the needs of others while also supporting your livelihood.

As sacred changemakers, embracing the concept of Ikigai empowers us to live with intention and integrity. It reminds us that our greatest fulfillment comes from aligning our actions with our values and making a positive impact on the world around us.

So, take a moment to reflect on your own Ikigai. What activities bring you joy? What are you uniquely skilled at? How can you contribute to the greater good? And how can you sustain yourself while doing so? By unraveling the strands of your Ikigai, you'll uncover the path to a life filled with purpose, passion, and profound fulfillment.

Reclaim your time, one hour at a time

In a recent newsletter, Amanda Goetz dives into the transformative power of focus, offering practical insights and a 30-day challenge to reclaim lost time and achieve meaningful goals. As Goetz points out, there are so many detrimental effects of cognitive overload and context switching. Distractions fragment our attention and sabotage productivity.

The Focus Formula is a simple yet potent concept: channeling all cognitive resources towards a single task or objective. Goetz challenges readers to confront their reasons for neglecting personal goals and priorities, often rooted in weak boundaries and people-pleasing tendencies. By understanding these underlying motivations, individuals can begin to prioritize their own needs and aspirations.

To put the Focus Formula into practice, Goetz presents the 'one hour challenge' for the month of May. Participants are encouraged to select a neglected goal or project and dedicate one hour daily to its pursuit. This could range from launching a passion project to strengthening relationships or investing in personal well-being.

The challenge unfolds in three actionable steps:

  1. Schedule it on your calendar: Commit to a consistent time slot each day, tailored to your chosen activity. By proactively blocking out distractions, such as meetings and emails, individuals create a dedicated space for focused work or engagement.
  2. Shut it down: Prior to the scheduled session, eliminate potential distractions by silencing notifications and closing irrelevant tabs or apps. Establishing clear boundaries reinforces the importance of the chosen task and minimizes interruptions.
  3. Set a timer: Utilize a timer to maintain focus and prevent time-related distractions. By immersing oneself fully in the present task, individuals harness the full potential of their energy and creativity, maximizing productivity and progress.

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Optimizing your workday for mental wellness

In Alice Boyes' enlightening Harvard Business Review article, she delves into the crucial intersection of mental well-being and productivity in the workplace. Structuring your workday effectively can significantly alleviate various mental health challenges, from anxiety and depression to ADHD and bipolar disorder. Here are some actionable strategies distilled from Boyes' insights:

  1. Tailor your approach: Recognize that there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Experiment with different strategies to find what works best for you, based on your unique needs and circumstances.
  2. Address avoidance and procrastination: If anxiety or depression leads to avoidance behaviors, set short deadlines for tasks or allocate specific times each day to tackle avoided tasks gradually.
  3. Establish productive habits: Cultivate consistent routines for deep, focused work to enhance productivity and create a sense of control over your schedule.
  4. Prioritize non-deadline tasks: Dedicate time to tasks that lack imminent deadlines but are essential for maintaining order and reducing mental clutter, promoting a sense of accomplishment and control.
  5. Embrace unfocused time: Allow your mind to wander periodically throughout the day, as unfocused periods can facilitate creative insights and mental recovery, particularly after intensive work sessions.
  6. Promote understanding and support: If you're a leader, educate yourself on mental health challenges and potential accommodations to better support your team. Encourage open dialogue about mental health and foster a supportive, non-judgmental workplace culture.

By implementing these strategies, individuals can cultivate a work environment conducive to mental well-being, resilience, and productivity. Remember, supporting mental health is not only essential for personal well-being but also fundamental for fostering a thriving and inclusive workplace culture.


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Editor's pick

β†’ Your thoughts become your words
β†’ Your words become your actions
β†’ Your actions become your habits
β†’ Your habits become your values
β†’ Your values become your life

TL;DR = Your thoughts influence where you will go in life.
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