Today’s letter for the AtoZ Blogging Challenge is ‘X’ for my theme ‘A to Z of Effectiveness’. You can read more about my theme here. I’m also participating in the NaBloPoMo for April.
‘X’ is not an easy letter to base a post on!! So for today, I’ve decided on ‘Xerophyte’, which is a plant that changes its physical structure to be able to live in very dry conditions like deserts. Such plants adapt to the heat by reducing moisture loss through minimized leaf surface and storing extra water in their thick stems or trunks. An example is the cactus, which has pines instead of leaves.
Stephen Covey does not mention a xerophyte explicitly in his book, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, but he does talk about what it does – adapt. It’s commonly known that we tend to feel happier on a bright, sunny day and glum on cloudy or rainy days. This feeling may bring down our mood for the day and affect our productivity. Effective people however, adapt to cloudy days with a different mindset; rather, they ‘bring their own weather’, as Stephen Covey says. This ensures that they work with values, rather than giving in to moods or feelings.
Another way of adapting yourself is with respect to time. We learnt here that people who work in Quadrant II are the most effective, with their time and tasks properly managed. Yet, we can all agree that there are times when things just don’t go according to plan, and the most efficient time tables can be turned upside down. An effective person would adapt in this situation, recognizing his priorities and acting accordingly, rather than drowning in a sea of work! Looks like I have a good way to go to keep my head above water?
What about you, are you a xerophyte? Or do you let the situation get the better of you?