Be the work lion. And I’m talking about your work spirit animal. There’s lots of different working styles. And my style is the lion style, which I think is the best style. The lions stalk their prey. They have a target in mind. They come up with a plan. They sprint to attack. And once they’ve achieved what they’re trying to go after, they make sure everyone in the den eats and then they rest. And that’s what I’m doing right now in January is I’m easing back into work after sprinting at the end of 2023.
Now there are other spirit animals that you might embody. There’s the bull who’s always charging after everything red, putting out fires constantly, never pausing to think about what’s really important. There’s the ant who’s really good at teamwork, but is maybe mindlessly droning on towards task. There’s the hamster, which is probably one of the more common ones where you’re always on that wheel, worried about FaceTime and email responses. But no, I recommend that you be the lion this year in 2024. Invoke that spirit animal.
Print out a picture of a lion and put it on your desk and see what happens.