Monday, November 23, 2015

A Productivity Tip - Master Your Moments

Your morning moments could make all the difference...
Category: Personal Productivity, Time Management, Self Management

I woke up this morning after being up rather late and knew that it was a crunch day.  Within the next 24 hours I’d need to hop on a plane and be out of the office for the next few days.  In those few moments I felt slightly pressured and overwhelmed which lead to a bit of emotional and mental confusion, (by the way, I call that “brain fog”).  What should I work on first?....what could wait until Monday?

I could have just barreled in, but time was precious I needed to work on what was most crucial.  I realized I couldn’t let the pressure “pressure” me into the wrong decision.  So, I decided to take a 5 minute mind clearing break.
I gave myself permission to step away from my desk, move into a physical space where I could clear my mind. 

Ah…a breakthrough!   Just giving myself permission to step away helped my mind calm down and my emotions to come to neutral. In the clarity of that moment, I was able to get a better view of what was crucial and what was not. 

Did you ever think that an effective time management strategy is not to do anything?...well at least for a moment...that in the not doing, you'll end up doing more!

Honestly, I've had days where I didn’t do what's described above first thing in the morning and ended up working on the wrong things at the wrong time. In those cases, a few critical things fell through the cracks; it wasn’t pretty.

What I’m describing is the power of a moment…a moment you take in the morning to gain clarity on the day that could make all the difference. I’m calling it the morning mindset.

You know it’s just harder to work in a fog; it takes more energy and the quality of your work can suffer.

So let me recommend 2 practices: “the morning mindset and mastering your moments. These truly are two great 1% edge practices that can net big results!

Remember, moment management is fine tuned time management!

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Declutter Your Life From The Inside Out
Your Life Through the Lens of Time - The Interview

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What Can a Glass of Water Teach You About Stress?

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. 

In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.” Remember to put the glass down.

This blog is based on the book of the same name. In it are actionable ideas on being a better manager: The 1% Edge - The Workbook - Power Strategies to Increase Your Management Effectiveness

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Best Career Advice You'll Ever Receive!

It's the activity most adults are familiar with. It's time for a job search and therefore, it's time to "get a resume" together. For many, just the thought of it produces the proverbial, "Ugh!" It's like having to construct your life history all at once, all from scratch. It feels like torture! Well...when approached that way, it is!

On top of that, memories are dicey. They are unreliable and therefore are not your best companion in the endeavor to present the best of you on paper to a prospective employer.

Therefore, this is one of the most important articles you'll ever read addressing effective career management. Please do not be the person who tries to see and sell all of their talent through the lens of a single sheet resume constructed with shoddy memories.

To avoid that -- to stop under representing yourself, activate these tips in your life immediately!

1. Keep track of your job experience through a job journal. Not only is this extremely beneficial when resume writing is needed, it's great for your performance reviews. This is your memory bank -- on paper!

Additionally, as you're keeping track try to quantitate what you're doing so that you can express accomplishments and value in your work (this kind of information should be a highlight of your resume). 

"xyz project was completed 3 days ahead of time."
"the successful event was put together $2,000.00 under budget."
"I saved a customer from going to a competitor -- that saved us x dollars."

2. Pay attention to what you really enjoy doing -- what gives you high levels of satisfaction. It's easiest to identify this when you're in the act of doing it! Looking at levels of satisfaction is not necessarily by job title or description, but job functions. Ask yourself, "What in my job, do I like doing?" Notice the level of enjoyment or satisfaction and even rate it on a scale of 1-5 for future decision-making. For this tip, it's not about the job description, but what you do in the job that you want to pay attention to.

This tip is one of the most important I can give you. It is the most essential in crafting a meaningful career experience. When I'm career coaching I ask, "What did you most enjoy doing in previous roles?" Many can't remember or don't recall accurately, particularly when you have to recollect from several years past.  The inability to do so contributes to perpetually choosing jobs that you will not fully enjoy, bring nominal meaning and will keep you on a quest for what you deem as the ideal job.

As you can gather, these critical tips are not one time activities but ongoing practices. In fact I call them career management habits!  Are you in the habit of... 
  • Tracking your experience?
  • Paying attention to what truly brings your enjoyment?
  • Quantifying your contribution and value?
These habits are essential elements to achieving career success. They are the best career management tips you'll ever get!

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