How Your Environment Can Limit or Optimize Progression
An often overlooked variable when assessing varying limiting factors to progression is the environment in which one chooses to function. this imperative to optimize progress for various reasons which will be covered in this blog.
When we think of our surrounding environment, we think of nature and places etc. However, an environment can be described as the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates. Thus, it is important to fully take into account other environmental conditions that may or may not limit one’s ability to progress at an optimal rate.
A major factor when considering if one is in an optimal environment is the people with which they surround themselves. For example, if someone is surrounded by driven, motivated and successful people (or even those who are better than them in all aspects), they tend to be hungrier for success and more likely to excel. As opposed to someone who surrounds themselves with those who are willing to settle for mediocrity and the hand that life has dealt them, these people will typically become a product of their environment. When choosing circles of friends, associates and those who influence one’s life, these people must be of a similar mindset as this can improve productivity and help sustain healthy, fulfilling interpersonal relationships.
Another possible conflicting factor to an individual’s goals is their work, considering one’s job typically takes up a lot of their time and lifestyle goals tend to revolve solely around this. Many people tend to find it difficult to “switch off” after work. Thus, tend to have less time for lifestyle goals/hobbies (this can be exacerbated depending on the type of work). Being conscious of how work is affecting home life is essential. With some jobs it can be exceptionally hard to separate one’s self from the stresses of everyday work life, however various methods/ tips can be helpful to alleviate some stress and accommodate other lifestyle demands such as fitness etc, these can include:
- Establishing a regular sleep cycle
- Preparing meals in advance
- Optimising training volume to reduce systemic fatigue
- Utilise various cortisol management supplements such as ashwagandha
- Limit caffeine intake
- Create a work schedule post “office hours” to control workload from home
Daily physical settings
Now we come onto what most would consider an individual’s “environment”, the daily physical settings in which someone carries out their daily tasks. These can include, work, home and the place in which one carries out exercise/training.
Although routine can be exceptionally good at maintaining consistency, having monotonous routine within the same locations can be draining, de-motivating and can reduce productivity. Ensuring to take some time to switch up the routine can be somewhat refreshing and help break the monotony.
With work being a constant environment that cannot typically be changed and has little variation subject to the role, it can be hard to break the daily monotony. Small activities such as regularly switching up your workstation, changing places attended on lunch breaks etc. can
add some variation to daily activities.
Training at a new gym is another great example of adding variety to your regular activities. The new equipment; new people etc. can rekindle motivation lost from the monotony of daily routine.
Finally, spending less time doing menial activities at home like watching TV can be beneficial in breaking monotonous habits. As an example, finding a hobby to complete at home or taking trips elsewhere are great alternatives.
Breaking general monotony and recurring menial activities, along with a consciousness of who one surrounds themselves can, in turn, lead to greater productivity, better focus and a more positive mindset when approaching new things or even simple daily tasks.
By Tireoghain O’Neill