Start noticing your inner voice. Just notice. This is how we begin to master self awareness.
For most of us, we often pay attention to the LOUDEST voice. The one that is trying to keep you safe, small and comfortable. It’s got good intentions – unfortunately it gets all it’s references in the past and demands that you make sure that the future heeds this. It’s how we end up playing out the same unresourceful patterns, sabotage ourselves, and limit our potential.
P.s If you are ready to step up your mastery of self awareness, let’s talk. I can help you with that.
Comic by www.lunarbaboon.com – so good!
Welcome back! In this blog- we continue with ACTION!
“I’m so busy! I don’t have enough time!” I hear this a lot from my coaching clients.
More than ever we have much to do. But how well are we “doing the do”?
Often it’s what gets in the way of the “doing” that impacts our productivity. ie. distraction, procrastination, avoiding risk or judgement, not feeling confident in our ability, lack of clear goals, and everyday challenges. The list goes on.
What’s do you notice gets in the way? What’s your most pressing challenge?
Let’s look at some tips & tricks to move on with doing well.
FOUR KEY Strategies for effective ACTION in your day
1. Energy management is better than time management.
> Here’s a short article I wrote about this here
2. Have your ACTIONS to express your PRIORITIES
Ever notice how get all the important things done before heading off on a holiday? You’re motivated by your goal, you have a definite deadline, and you are super clear on what must happen and what will wait.
Harness this magic!
> Be crystal clear on GOAL and set a time frame
>Do your MUST DO’S first.
>Defer, Delegate, Delete the rest.
Momentum Tip: Focusing on priorities takes practice. For most of us – this skill will get better with consistent application. If you haven’t been utilising priority management, it’s going to be ‘clunky’ to start with – like any rusty or new skill. Make a commitment to daily practice. Track your results. Celebrate the small wins.
3. When you feel stuck or bogged down – MOVE!
Getting bogged down in a task? Losing focus or e getting stuck working on a solution? Get up and move. Take a walk, stretch, swing your arms around, and even dance (if that works for you). Blood flow is good for the brain!
4. Fence off DISTRACTIONS & INTERRUPTIONS
What do you already notice distracts you from your priorities? Email, social media, phone calls?
To limit the distractions we need to assert boundaries, and let the folks around you about the boundaries. For example: Stop opening your email first thing – defer reading your email until later in the day. Edit your footer to let people know “Emails are read at 11.00am and 2pm – for urgent matters call…” This creates a “fence” around the distraction and communicating to others will help keep your accountable.
Momentum Tip: Track your day. If you want eye opening insights into where your time goes – track your activities for one day as an experiment. Write down all the tasks and the time they take. (or use an online tool/app such as Toggl (its free). Review the results and build those new fences.
4. DO for YOU. Where in your schedule have your prioritised yourself? Make some time out for yourself to relax, enjoy a hobby, socialise etc. This time out from the ‘busy’ is an INVESTMENT in your well-being. You need it more than you realise. Put YOU and a healthy dose of self care on top of the to-do list today.
Here’s to a productive and purposeful day for you!
(Of course, I’m talking metaphorically. No frogs or elephants are harmed in this post.)
You may have heard the sayings: eat frogs first (do things you need to do, but don’t want to first up). And eat an elephant one bite at a time (cut big projects into bite size pieces).
Call me a rebel – I think this is terrible advice.
The first part of your day you are physical, emotional and mental primed to do your best work. So get that elephant and take a huge chunk and go at it!
The middle of the day is the best time to collaborate, co-work and communicate. Take your elephant along to a lunch time feast, get on the phone, send your emails, check in on your key stakeholders.
Later in the day, when the energy wanes. This is the best time to attend to tasks that you are less enthusiastic about, and knock off your to-do-list one at a time.
And when the working day is done, a walk around the block helps digestion : )
What do you think? Anything here that inspires you to shake things up?