Chamber Chat with Lorna Stellakis, Q2Q IT
Goals, habits, and more time for reading
I love learning, which is why I think I’m also an avid reader. And, if one ‘good’ thing had to come out of lockdown, it’s that I’ve found more time for reading and listening to audio books.
Recently, I decided to re-visit Atomic Habits by James Clear. Since its release, I’ve used its basic principles in both the Q2Q environment and at home – and 2020 has made its contents even more pertinent.
As a business, we set ourselves rather ambitious targets at the start of each financial year. Only a few are commercial objectives, with the rest focused on customer satisfaction and improving how we operate as a team.
However, the ‘end goal’ isn’t the day-to-day focus.
Where Atomic Habits resonates with me is that while the result is important, once you’ve set targets, the key is creating the right habits that will give you the best chance and opportunity of meeting those aims.
Like so many organisations, Q2Q had to revisit some of its goals this year. But keeping the team connected while keeping our customers functioning smoothly has been my priority. Applying this ‘habits strategy’ – by setting daily and weekly repetitive tasks – has made this a lot easier.
If your business – or personal – goals seem like too high a mountain to climb, I’d highly recommend giving the book a read. And, if you’re looking for other recommendations for the remainder of lockdown, here are a few of my favourites – I’d love to know what you think!
· Rushing around? Stillness is the Key, Ryan Holiday
· Feeling anxious? Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig
· An introvert? Quiet, Susan Cain
· Puzzled by people? Surrounded by Idiots, Thomas Erkson
· Can’t sleep? Why We Sleep, Matthew Walker
· Questioning your priorities? Essentialism, Greg Mckeown
· Feeling sad? Lost Connections, Johann Hari
· Feeling blocked? The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday
· Need a fitness reboot? Not a Diet Book, James Smith
· Having regrets? The Midnight Library, Matt Haig