How do you handle the demands of everyday life and business? If you’re like most people, and I suspect you are, you have a barrage of responsibilities and tasks to accomplish on a daily basis. The question is, do you put added and unnecessary pressure on yourself and make it harder in the process or do you work in a manner that maximizes productivity and reduces stress? Think of one of your regular duties, professionally or personally, as you continue reading and I’m certain you will find a correlation.
As I initiated the task of weeding my front yard, I had a lot of energy and enthusiasm. The once predetermined mission, however, quickly became tedious netting minimal results for the amount of work being exerted. As a result, my desire faded too. Thoughts of self-doubt intercepted the original vow leaving the question if completing the task at hand was possible . . . or even important any longer. Such uncertainty is the breeding ground for excuses. When was the last time you bailed out on an intention because you were unable to achieve the outcome as fast as you wanted?
Three critical steps whenever you feel discouraged or overwhelmed are:
2. Take a deep breath
3. Ask yourself how else you can look at the situation
Here’s what occurred after applying those techniques. The decision was made to chunk the project down into manageable sections. Though the big picture was a significant goal it was essential to stay focused on the area being worked on at any particular time. How often do you get derailed by putting your attention on what’s yet to be done?
In addition, a few moments were dedicated to reassessing if all the right tools were being utilized. The review in this case concluded one other essential item was needed, something to sit on along the way to make the job more conducive for my physical abilities. If any thoughts were tempted to wander, I repeated steps one and two of the critical steps above and reminded myself where to concentrate my mind and my efforts. After all, my thoughts, my responsibility to direct for the outcome sought.
A little at a time and I’m ecstatic to report the yard is weed free! For now that is, and that’s okay because business and life are about how we respond and the continual expansion of our skills to improve.
The concepts incorporated in my chore truly are directly applicable in any business operation, project management or challenge.
• Chunk it down
• Know the big picture
• Keep focus on what you’re working on in the moment
• Use the right tools
• Monitor your thoughts
• Be conscientious of your choices
• Persist a little at a time
Which of the bullet points do you consistently implement? Which areas need improving? What specific actions will you take?
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