Summer holidays are here again! So how do you use the summer to recover and rejuvenate so that when the new term approaches you are bursting with energy and enthusiasm?
In the ‘7 habits of highly effective people’ Covey sets out how we can be more successful and effective, so let’s apply these principles to the Summer Holiday!
Habit One – Be Proactive
Think carefully about what you want to achieve this summer and then take the initiative and make these things happen! Want to catch up with old friends, thinking about a new adventure, need a spa day? Then book them in – things won’t happen by themselves!
Habit two – Begin with the end in mind
What do you want to feel like by the end of summer? What do you want to have achieved and by when? Be clear about what you are trying to achieve, don’t let the summer just pass you by!
Habit Three – First Things First
Prioritise – what are the most important things to do and what order do they need to be done in, don’t leave the most important things until last – get them sorted first!
Habit Four – Think Win / Win
Look for situations and opportunities that will bring positives to you and those around you – a win for you that’s a lose to those close to you is rarely a real win. Find activities and interests that benefit everyone in your troop!
Habit Five – Seek first to understand and then to be understood
Being a good listener to others and understanding where they are coming from is a real skill that will help you get the most out of the summer. Think about what others want and why before pushing your own agenda – people will be much more receptive to you if they feel they have been listened to and understood!
Habit Six – Synergise
Combine the strengths of those people around you through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone. An effective team achieves more than an effective individual!
Habit Seven – Sharpen the Saw
Take some time out for yourself to do the things you really enjoy. Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle.