Uncommon Wisdom: Daria Matevosyan
“Uncommon Wisdom” is about sharing those habits or stories that we wouldn’t normally think to share. There’s so much talk about morning routines and self-care practices these days but a lot of it can seem kind of superficial or maybe just predictable and repetitive. This is why we asked a bunch of high-performing creatives and entrepreneurs a few questions about awareness, energy, and productivity. We wanted to learn something a bit more unexpected, and here’s what we found out.
Who is Daria Matevosyan?
Daria Matevosyan is a non-native English teacher from Moscow. She has dedicated her career to changing people’s lives by broadening their horizons and opening doors to new opportunities through the power of language learning. Daria is also an ex-dancer but there are no ex-dancers, as she says herself, because dancing is a state of mind. Originally from Russia, she has lived in China working as a dancer and teacher, in Bali studying Indonesian Art at university, and in other countries all over the globe. She loves learning from different spiritually developed people about the world of yoga and meditation.
#1. What's something unexpected or uncommon that made you more aware?
Learning. Maybe it is not unexpected or uncommon, but I chose to focus on constant learning a while ago. I’m not talking about learning a language (even though I am an English teacher) or learning something specific, but being curious and eager to explore. It makes you more aware of what’s going on around you, what life is like, and most importantly, when you are open for all sorts of information to enter your life, then you learn your lessons through information, instead of through actual events happening to you. Because sometimes hurtful events happen to us in order to teach us and make us more aware.
#2. What's something unexpected or uncommon that gives you energy?
Routine. We waste a lot of energy and time choosing what to wear, what to do, or where to eat every day, and when you have a routine and the discipline to follow it, you free a lot of energy for other things that bring you more joy. Settling down and keeping a predictive routine is not boring, it’s actually extremely refreshing.
#3. What's something unexpected or uncommon that makes you more productive?
I am the kind of person that if I have one task for the whole day, I won’t complete anything. But if I have five tasks, I might complete three of them. So multitasking is actually my key to productivity. The more things I have to do during the day, the more productive I am. Therefore, I prefer planning the majority of my tasks for two or three days of the week, and on the other days I keep a regular workload, while also keeping one day completely free and unplanned.
#4. What does your morning ritual look like?
I normally start work around 1pm, so I have a very long morning. And I absolutely love it. I feel like these few morning hours don’t belong to the day itself, they are like in another dimension. I wake up around 9am, do some yoga with my favorite YouTube channel “Boho Beautiful”, and then I go have breakfast at some cute little cafe here in Bali. I might even do some admin work over breakfast but it doesn’t feel like working. I sometimes also go to the beach for a little dip and sunbathe for an hour or so. This makes most mornings just perfect!
#5. What does your evening ritual look like?
As long as I finish work pretty late, I usually make some food or go out for dinner with friends and then come home. I am an extremely extroverted person, so I often enjoy talking to a friend or someone from my family on the phone. Weirdly, I am now realizing that almost every day I check in on someone from my friends or family. I also use my evenings for learning, so I sometimes watch a webinar on psychology or teaching, or I spend some time painting. These things make me productive and I would say that this stage of my life is mostly about productivity and financial and professional growth, rather than raising my awareness, practicing meditation, and going within. I have had a period of time when I was focused on that a lot, but life is not linear and now my focus is different.
You can find Daria at @bali.daria
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