It’s a workday, the alarm rings. What do you do?
Shut it off, and immediately get up? Hit snooze once, twice, maybe more?
If you feel like hitting snooze, I can relate. This entry is prompted by a compelling desire I had this morning to hit the snooze. But I’m flying to Portland today to deliver a two-day seminar on “Habits of Highly Successful People.”
First, how ironic would it be if I hit snooze, given my topic?
Second, I promised myself a long time ago, I wouldn’t have the first act of a business day be procrastinating something (like getting up.)
Now let’s look into some surprising insights that hitting the snooze button may tell you about yourself.
1. Commitment phobic
You may have had grand visions for your morning. You’re going to get up early, go for a quick run, jot a card to a friend, or write down your goals. (more…)
The myth that causes more work and worry
“List your strengths.” Many of my seminars on Time and Stress Management begin with this request.
Sadly, far too many people write down that they multitask well.
“Multitasking is good” (or even possible) is the myth that causes more work and worry.
You’re not actually doing two things at once at work when you believe you’re multitasking. You’re task switching. Big difference.
And the difference costs you brain power, energy and work quality.
What multitasking might look like
How to Capture and Keep Your Attention
In the healthcare industry, expectations are going up at the same time resources are not.
It’s more important that ever for you and those you lead to be able to use your valuable resource of attention.
Great news, you can actually train yourself to harness your attention and stay on task.
Here are five ways you can get focused fast so more of the right things get done.Start to finish
- Start to finish
- Count down
- Time it right
- Break it up
- Schedule it
1. Start to finish.
It’s important that you break up your tasks into chunks that you can start and finish during the course of the day.
As you work, think, “start to finish.” You’re work on that task isn’t done until that small piece is done. Have a bias towards action, and completion.
One of the biggest reasons you leave work feeling stressed and unsatisfied with your work, in spite of the fact (more…)
“Can you help me get over guilt?”
asked Rita, an RN and a Remote Clinical Care Manager during our phone in coaching session. Rita continued, “I start work early, I work through lunch, I work late, and I still feel guilty. What do I do to not feel guilty?”
How easy it would be if guilt were like a light you could just switch off when you wanted to.
When I was in college, my first car was my Dad’s ’67 Volkswagen. I was happy to have a free car, because I was working full time to put myself through school, and I was happy not to have a car payment on top of college expenses.
One day, the check oil light went on in my little Bug. I had no idea what that light meant and all I could think of was “Great! Like I have the money to pay for this!”
I was telling my friends about this when one of the guys says, “You know there’s a fuse for that.”
“A what?” I said.
“A fuse,” he answered. “All you have to do is go where the fuse is and pull it, and boom! The light goes out.” (more…)
Want to regain energy, power and focus?
Get your mojo back and boost your productivity at the same time by applying these five tips.
Crystal Clear Pre-cap: (Spoiler alert: Bottom line up front, details follow.)
- Bring just enough energy and intensity to the task.
- Listen to your guilt, don’t just try to make it go away.
- Stop “throwing good money after bad.”
- Allow sufficient recovery. Key word: sufficient.
- Have realistic expectations.
Add your own best practices in the comments!#1. Bring just enough energy and intensity to the task.
Of course, like all responsible people, you start each workday with a short, prioritized success list. If you don’t yet do this, is now a good time to start that proven success habit
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