Distraction, procrastination and time-sinkholes comprise the terrible trio of the epidemic afflicting today’s working population.
Individually, we are pressed for time, scattered in our focus, and always trying ‘just to catch up.’ Collectively, we dribble away millions of man-hours of labor and lost productivity, and are left with an exhausted, anxious and fed-up work-force.
What can you do — on your own terms — to turn things around?
- First, take rightful ownership of your time.
- If you’re working for someone, they’re paying you for results.
- You discipline yourself to get those results with the least amount of strain or stress you can, you’re half-way there already.
Get to those results, and you control the time you save yourself, for yourself. Look out for number one, that’s the ticket. They get their results, you get your control and ownership of that freed time — to live your life, you know?
You keep training yourself to manage your energy and time, to approach work with a calm and clear head, you cultivate a habit that will help you handle stress in a healthier way.
Result: You will still possess your time, it’s really a matter of training yourself to see how to partition it clearly to get the best results for yourself.
How to turn things around.
Be ruthless. Workplace pressures are difficult to influence. Unclear and haphazard business practices, a negative work environment, co-workers who don’t pull their own weight… there will always be things you can’t quite screen out at work, but what you can do is use the pressure to focus on what is in your power to change: your mind-set and your attitude. That is where everything starts — in your head.
In your head, you can imagine your actions and responses. You not only think, but predicts, assess, plot, and practice.
See, reactions happen in reflex. Something happens, you react.
Responses are thought out. Something happens, you take even a few seconds to breath and think about what is happening and how best to handle the situation, and you respond.
Planning and preparing ahead are vital, because it’s usually the small, regular irritants that suck us dry, and the rarer out-of-the blue events that can derail our day. Prepare ahead of time.
If you know what’s distracting you and you don’t do anything to deal with them, all the bitching in the world won’t change a damn thing. You have to take an active role in dealing with the things you don’t want to get the things you do want. No one else will do it for you. Continue reading How to Deal with Distractions At Work