Monday, March 31, 2014

How can a QTIP Save You Time?

I bet some folks who read that heading are thinking - what? Yep, there are many ways that relationships and the way we relate in our professional enviroment has time management implications.

One in particular is the time and attention given to the dynamics of relationships such as how we were treated in a meeting, or who is doing what to whom now.  Can anybody relate?

More specifically I'd like to call our attention to over-personalizing situations in the office.  I believe that what can undermind our professional credibility is when we take something personal or make it personal - when it is not.  In many cases it's not about us, but some people make it so.

In making it so, then how we respond or engage in that situation could translate into a lot of unproductive time in thinking about, talking about it with others, and maybe behaving in some ways that will later require clean up or something to be fixed.

So, use an achronym that many of my friends use a and that is Q.T.I.P. it! That means Quit Taking It Personally. This is a great time management tip. Hey, you could even buy some qtips and give them to team members. Have one on your desk as a reminder!

A key question: How much time could be saved in a course of a month if we just detached ourselves from situations or said to ourselves, "Don't go there."...or decided not to give a situation any more attention. It's kind of like that saying, "Don't let people rent space in your head."

Whatever we need to say to ourselves, let's save time by managing how much thought time and emotion time we give to people and situations.

Coaching Tip: Q.T.I.P. for 30 days - hey that could be our 1%

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