Many creative pros charge into their week like a bull and collapse over the finish line on Friday. Then, they may take a few days off and the cycle begins again. However, there is little consideration given to their rhythms, and how sustainable their work habits are. On today’s episode, I share the importance of building a Weekly Checkpoint into your life so that you’re regularly considering not just what you’re doing, but also how you’re doing it.
It’s not the big things that take out most leaders and creative pros, it’s the little ones. Over time, they forget to do the small things that position them to bring their best effort to the table every day. Everything might look fine to those around them, but the decay has already begun and they are on a path of slow decline.
Success doesn’t occur overnight, but neither does failure. Luck aside, both are typically the result of cumulative choices, and how well you position yourself to take advantage of opportunities. By implementing a handful of daily practices into your routine, you can better prepare yourself to deal with the pressures and constraints of your work, and ensure that you are spending your finite resources wisely. While there’s no formula for success, daily practices allow you to somewhat stack the deck in your favor.
Brilliant performers in any field often have rituals or practices that they fall back on to help them perform consistently at their peak. When you are charged with doing complex work every day, rituals can bring order to your world and help you focus more effectively. If you want to deliver a result consistently, you must systemize it, and that’s precisely what a ritual does.
Brian Koppelman, screenwriter (Rounders, Oceans Thirteen), producer (The Illusionist, The Lucky Ones), and director (Solitary Man), talks about his personal practices, compromise versus creative courage, and his new podcast The Moment.