Making Appointments with Yourself
Drawing on his consciousness background and experience as an executive management coach, Nathanael shared strategies to minimize distractions and maximize productivity as yoga professionals. Nathanael recommended that teachers and studio owners schedule time blocks, reserved for a single task, as one way to proactively, rather than reactively, ensure that we accomplish what is important. We can slot any priority, even social media into a time block, but we should dedicate at least one chunk of time at the end of our week to reflection and planning.
By reaffirming our weekly priorities—whether they are to develop a marketing plan or respond to clients’ emails—these periods of reflection make it easier for us to get back on track towards our goals after emergencies take us off course, such as a sub not showing up for a class. Nathanael stressed that our appointments with ourselves are as important as appointments with others. He encouraged the audience to ask, as yogis, “in our intention to serve the world… are we taking care of ourselves first?”