Energy Levels (4 of 4)

Let’s recap on the joy of working. I believe the thing most people regret at their death bed is that they lived someone else’s life and not their own. That they made decision because society demanded it from them and not because they wanted to do what they did.

You chose your job for a reason. People come into your life for a reason. You are given challenges in work or life for a purpose of solving them. If you got made redundant at a few jobs and you notice this is always for the same reason, then look inside yourself to find out what the reason is inside you. do not try to be analytical from a logical point of view but try to look at it from an emotional psychological point of view. You might discover a pattern you need to resolve. Something that is in your behaviour and results in you experiencing the same situation until you solve it for yourself.

People, situations, jobs etc. all come into your life for you to learn to become who you are supposed to become. On your path to destiny you meet the right people and you might just meet them for a certain period of time for them to change something inside you to help you on your journey. Some stay longer, mentors and advisors, good friends and partners. They are there for good to help you for your life journey. At least most of the time. I am always seeking mentors, people I trust, to help me developing.

And you attract those people too. If you have read or seen the Secret (The Secret, www.thesecret.tv, Rhonda Byrne) understand the Law of Attraction (LOA). It is about the thought that like attracts like. If you have a negative attitude in life and focus on the negative things, you will attract the negative things. So if you focus on the positive things in life, the universe will respond with positivity and will get you in touch with the right people, things and bring all this positivity into your life you deserve. This is nothing you can grasp without practising. And letting go of everything to focus on it is key. Visualise the outcome, the new job or car and ask it to come into your life. And it will materialise. Believe.

From my blog: You and the Universe, 8th November 2011

Rhonda Byrne in the Secret Newsletter the other day wrote the following:

Your job is you and only you. When you are working in harmony with the law, no-one can come between you and the Universe. However if you think another person can get in the way of what you want, then you have done a flip to the negative. Focus on creating what you want.

You are the centre of divine operation in your life, and your partner is the Universe. No one can get in the way of your creation.

I liked that quote for several reasons. The Law of Attraction means whatever you do in life comes back, a bit like Karma. It is also about you attracting the same things until you break a pattern.

That makes me reflect on the problems I had with the car, all the illnesses (colds) I had at the same time, annoying customer service from both the car people and my online shopping provider. I get wound up by it and I seem to go from one case to another until I break the cycle and MY attitude.

Instead of focusing your energy on what you do not want, you need to identify the positive things, things you really want. In your job, in your personal life, everywhere.

So be positive and try to focus on the things you want in life, not the ones you do not want. Because you are the centre of your diving operation: you are in charge of your thoughts and your life.

Give it a go. Be positive.

It might be difficult to believe but having a good spiritual life and believing in something superior in life, will help you to make more sense and give you more purpose and satisfaction. As you need to focus on the positive outcomes, the good things in life. You soon will attract the positives! Try it. Today!

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Energy Levels (3 of 4)

Let’s come back to a work life balance for a moment. With today’s omni-connectivity, we are more inclined to work all the time. A quick check of your emails at night….I try not to. Working from home or in the office, by the time I am home I try to not check my emails and I don’t get my phone to remind me. Most things can wait until the morning.

Regarding work and life cycles during the day, there is also a weekly pulse which has its peak on a Wednesday morning and a low on the weekend. Again, keep very important meetings to Wednesday morning and do your admin Friday afternoon. Try to get exercise into your routine to increase your mental and emotional wellbeing and your health of course; ideally you should do both cardio and strength exercise and exercise six times a week. This goes in line with a healthy life style mentioned previously and a healthy life in general. It makes you perform better!

Whether six times is the right norm depends on what you are doing. At time of writing I exercise 2x 10K running a week and 4x a week I do strength exercises. Then I take the dog for a walk and have an active life style whilst not overeating, eating healthy and little. Yet that changes as you go along, also depending if you want to loose weight, gain weight or maintain weight. There is lots of advice out there to make sure you are doing what you need to be doing.

Without wanting to go into greater details, but as it relates to your energy levels, make sure you eat the right stuff. The opinions divide whether you should constantly eat to keep your blood sugar levels stable, e.g.  eat six times a day, or only have three meals a day. I am not a nutritionist but generally speaking I believe if you have a hearty breakfast (cereal, fruit salad, porridge) and then a snack mid morning (muesli bar, not fattening crackers, bananas), a good lunch with balanced food (vegetable, meat or vegetable food, rice, salad, sushi) and then a mid afternoon healthy snack like some almonds or other nuts whilst finishing the day on a low calorie meal like a tomato salad, a tuna salad or baked aubergines or cracker bread with humous, this seems quite balanced and gives you plenty of energy.

In regards to energy, we also need to take work culture into consideration. As a manager I try to encourage staff to have a healthy work life balance and make sure to properly regenerate during the weekend. Also, you should encourage a culture that offers to take time off when needed and make up the hours, flexible working and doing tasks according to your energy cycles as mentioned above.

When you are ill you are ill. do not be ill and WFH (work from home) just because you can. You need to try to give your body the rest it needs and ensure for renewal. If you work all week and weekends, you never rest. Your mind never rests. If work keeps you up at night, then there is something wrong. Work on it, get a coach, speak to your colleagues or good friend or manager.

Life should not be about work life balance but about life life balance. You only have this one life and you need to ensure that you spend most of your time doing something you enjoy, so make sure you get a job you enjoy. You spend most of your time there. Then the work becomes a hobby almost, a place to be and enjoy doing what you would be doing anyway, is not that fantastic. Whilst you think you cannot choose I believe you can.

Hopefully this was useful to get you thinking….are you enjoying what you do and how you do it?

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Energy Levels (2 of 4)

How did it go? Did you stop at 6 pm or 6:30 pm? Did you go home. Maybe even for a walk or run after work.

The motivation to change any of your work habits is about your motivational direction, and that is true for almost any change you would like to do. Don’t do it too radically and be motivated “towards to” rather than “away from”. What I mean by that is that you want to have a goal, e.g. taking breaks, renew during the day, so you are motivated by achieving that. It is about positive motivation and change. Make this into a habit and build a routine; as an example you go for a 30 minute walk around lunch time no matter what is on your desk and whether it is raining or not. Just do it. Get into the habit and feel renewed!

Anything you can put into a habit, a routine, will manifest itself as something given. That is true for an 8 pm finish as it is for a 6 pm finish, a lunch time walk or the latte in the morning.

But energy levels also depend on your health. And health, at least to my mind, is a key factor to productivity and output. This is without prejudice, e.g. there are less abled people with special needs, however you must look at the wider population.

Are you exercising regularly? Do you drink a lot of coffee? Do you sleep 7-8 hours a day? Find your own routine. Could you try to get a 20 minute nap just after or during lunch hours? It works wonders for me…if I get a chance that is. Research even suggests having 6 hours at night and 20-60 minutes during the day as the optimum sleep. Some people live on 6 hours of sleep and get up at 5am to exercise, have breakfast and be in the office on time. Others leave last minute, come to the office late and their whole day is messed up because they are all over the place by the time they arrive.

This comes back to my earlier point, organise yourself and be on time or early. Spend 5 minutes before work to get ready, chat with your colleagues, get a glass of water, do some pushups or read the news rather than starting your day on the wrong foot and make your whole day a big mess because you cannot focus. If you ever have such a day, try to forget about the morning, close your eyes, let go of your bad morning experience, and start over again. With this big smile on your face I mentioned earlier!

From my blog: Work Life Balance, 29th August 2008

A thought I had was when I have been working from home, which happens occasionally, whether I have a better or worse work-life-balance.

And, the answer is difficult. I remember that studying for my MBA we discussed that if you work from home, you should get your own room/desk and area in the house. This way you could “go home” after work and relax, e.g. getting your life.

However, for me as an occasional “working from home” person, it is not that easy. A small house with only one proper desk, it is like you are in your living room all day.

Often, when I discuss that with clients, I get the answer of “I would get too distracted at home” – I agree, some people can. For me it is usually the other way around:

I get up my usual time and sit on the laptop about one hour earlier than I usually do. Then, from a lunch point of view, I eat whatever is around and never really feel hungry, ergo do not have a proper break until the late afternoon. Which is, when I go back to my desk and deal with some work over in the US and end up shutting down the laptop around 7 or 8 pm.

Wow, that makes it a full 11 hour day (only noticed that now). And, my way home is quick. I just sit on the other side of the table and end up being home .

Now, there are two sides to that:

I personally get more distracted by work than by home, e.g. I enjoy working and what I do, so end up working more at home but cannot really escape work physically. But, I have enough confidence to turn things off if it is getting too much.

Finding the right balance is important. And, as long as you enjoy the work you are doing, working from home occasionally is fine. However, I actually enjoy being in the office too – even if I am alone in the office. Just to get away from home  Is that double minded?

I read “big brother’s” comment about life-life balance. There are so many discussions about what is right or wrong and I believe nothing is right or wrong as long as it works for you (and ultimately for the person you work for). If you cannot turn off the laptop when it’s time and you cannot turn off your blackberry when needed, then you do need to work on your priorities. You need to enjoy what you are doing, that is really the key.

How does your life life or work life balance work? Can you turn off. We continue with that next week. Yet, I work a lot more from home these days, and I manage to turn off better but I have a new focus: kids. They give me the reason to switch off when it is time and then occasionally I go back to my desk.

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Energy Levels (1 of 4)

This is yet another chapter. For productivity of life, this is probably one of the most important chapters ever. It is about how to conserve energy. How to gain more energy. Energy levels are one of the most important things in life. The more energy you have, the more you get done.

Let’s do a little exercise for your “frame of mind”:

Sit down and think you are really demotivated, tired and down. Let your whole body sink in and feel awful and sad. Do you notice how you sink into yourself and feel like doing nothing?

Now sit upright. Smile. Think of your latest holiday or anything that was a great experience, celebrate in your head. Do you notice how your smile and body posture gets you into a better mood; are you ready to conquer the world? You have more energy, right?

If you want to take it further, whilst being in the latter mood, try to think of something sad, whilst maintaining to smile. Try it. It is difficult, isn’t it?

Now I am not suggesting you should run around all day smiling and grinning – of course you can – but maybe having a lot more smiles on your face generally throughout the day or when you feel a bit saddened or annoyed, might just help you make it through the day.  A smile goes a long way. Be enthusiastic about life, about what you do and what you have achieved. Be proud!

There is a book about energy levels by Tony Schwartz called The way we are working is not working (Schwartz, Tony with Jean Gomes and Catherine McCarthy, Ph.D. (2010), The Way We’re Working is not working, Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, London). In his book, Tony suggests that you should never work for more than 90 minutes and then take a break. He supports that with a lot of research on Ultradian cycles and suggests that your energy household depends on a lot of things. Ultradian cycles are natural high and low energy cycles your body goes through. After every 90 minutes of work you should have a renewal phase where you meditate, nap or listen to music. Or you go to the gym, a run or a walk.

This book is fundamental to my belief system. Whilst of course we never apply all the rules and suggestions, just applying a good balance of working and resting, rejuvenating at work, will go a long way. A must-read book in my opinion. Standing at your desk or trying to nap or relax during lunch time is important.

We are living in a world where time is money and you get paid on time rather than on output. The mentality is often 9-6 (or longer) and based on that you do your time and go home. If you sat there all day on Facebook or did your work does not matter as long as no one notices, right? Tony suggests that with us working longer hours without a break, we begin to default to behaviours that reduce our own effectiveness. This can be impatience, frustration, distraction and disengagement. And that’s the cycle we need to break. This is a downward cycle.

The energy is coming from physical sources, like breaks, but also from emotional sources like the security you have by having a job and someone taking care of you. However, for most of us it is also, in analogy to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, about mental energy, self expression, and significance as the source of spiritual energy. I matter and can do something I enjoy; I can contribute to something that makes a difference.

Similar to the chapter about the here and now, you need to build an awareness first. Notice what you want to change and that you put too many inefficient hours into your work. If you leave the office past 8 pm on most days you might just be too overworked to get anything done or you have problems prioritising or shutting down. Take a break, go home and finish very urgent things after a break. It will take you a lot less time doing it and the output is most likely better too.

Try this for the next week. Try to stop at 6 pm. Work will still be there tomorrow, and you will be there. But are you more effective the next day because you get more rest?

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Merry Christmas – food and productivity.

Hello,

I hope you enjoyed this year with tidwows.

We are back next year to finish off with some more topics and some further news.

Stay tuned!

Have a fantastic Christmas, a Happy Holiday and a great Festive Season.

Be in the moment with your family, friends and don’t forget to be totally unorganised and take it easy 😉

And, just as an added bonus, please find a chart on food and productivity below – maybe just what you need during the festive season.

Have a good one,

Volker

 

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Productivity is Served: Get More Done When You Eat These Foods

 

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Productivity And Staying On Top Of Things (8)

To fishing this chapter/post, let’s look at the following:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Another master of self improvement and productivity is Stephen R. Covey who wrote the 7 habits of highly effective people (Covey, Stephen, R. (1998), The 7 habits of highly effective people, Fireside, New York). His seven habits form a basis for any productivity and personal development plan.

The first three habits focus on the move from dependency to independence, e.g. self mastery:

1) Be Proactive: Your actions determine your effectiveness in life. Follow through what you think and be responsible for any actions taken.

Getting things done – really – means to be proactive. Don’t wait around until life happens to you, as you are the one in the driver seat of your own life. Decide on the gear you want to put your life in, reverse (backwards), fast or slow. You can change it around but once you are in the driver seat, make sure you drive, take actions and be proactive. Make suggestions, learn and deliver. Build a reputations for your good work, most else will follow.

2) Begin with the End in Mind: Visualise where you want to be, create a mission statement and go towards that goal.

A very important habit. If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there. Aim high, put your passion out there, what you want to achieve in life. This can be a family or a dream job, a challenge in sports or whatever drives you on. But by visualising this goal, you will be driving towards it, all the time. It will keep you on the road when all others are pulling over for a pit stop.

That is your purpose. Your 40,000 feet. Your reason to be here.

3) Put First things First: Prioritise your tasks by importance rather than urgency; propel towards your goals.

Prioritise your tasks. Get done what needs to get done first. Checking in for a flight in 3 weeks time is not as important as finishing the powerpoint for tomorrow’s meeting. Make sure the actions are aligned with your goals and objectives and drive you forward.

The next three habits are about Interdependence, e.g. working with others.

4) Think Win-Win: Strive for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in any relationship. Seek a long-term solution.

I am a firm believer of giving to others. I am here to help. My solutions I am selling are here to make the life of my opposite easier. That is what my life is about, winning for others that benefits myself. Win-Win. In anything I do. Any other combination will lead to dissatisfaction, bad karma and you not being happy in your job or achievement. If you make the other person loose for the advantage of yourself, you will not have a good life. It will backfire on you one day, and you put your reputation at stake.

5) Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood: Listen to the other person and have an open mind to whatever s/he says. This will create a caring and positive atmosphere to work in.

Again, this habit is essential. In sales, in management, in marketing, in consulting, in finance. Listen! Also applies to relationships with spouse, kids, and any family member. Listen and understand people’s needs, aims, feelings, goals, objectives. Try to understand no matter how different your opinions are. Try to walk in someone else’s shoes. Once you have taken in the input, make sure to be understood also.

6) Synergize: Combine team’s strengths to achieve more than you could achieve yourself.

Working in teams, trusting others and collaborate with people of different strengths will get you further. We all  have things we are less good at and things we are better at. Overall we need to make sure that the optimal output is the combination of the best people and skills.

Habit 7) is about Sharpen the Saw. Balance and renew your resources, do not waste energy (see next chapter). Work on a healthy and sustainable, long term lifestyle. Exercise, meditate and read good books. Service society for spiritual renewal.

Sometimes I think the seven habits sum up the most important things in life. They show what is necessary on a basic level and to be honest also what I have been saying in this book. It is about those basic things in life we need to value and cherish in order to strive above and beyond the competition. Or, if you do not have competition, above and beyond yourself and your own expectations if you wish.

I hope this concluded your first intro to a productive living. It is the start and some fundamental “how to” guides. For more in depth info, refer to the books by David Allen, Stephen Corvey or anyone else I mentioned. A little bit of searching across productivity forums, and discussions around these topics will help to get a different perspective.

Let me know what you think by emailing me or commenting below.

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Productivity And Staying On Top Of Things (7)

What else can you do with or without email to stay on top of things?

Let’s look at a another basic application: letting go.

Letting go and leaving things unfinished is another thing that I had to learn over the years. When I first started working I tried to finish all my emails, get back to everyone instantly etc. A colleague once said that she would expect everyone to get back to her within 24 hours. That is not going to happen. Whilst I type very quickly, I cannot and will not do all emails all the time. You need to learn to ignore unimportant ones, even delete ones that waste more time than they are worth. Or you file them in a folder “to do one day” or “Friday afternoon emails” to deal with them.

If you are trying to be nice to everybody and email everyone back, you soon end up creating a flood of emails coming in and will lose focus on what is important. And again, the latter is the most dangerous thing happening with emails. If emails are your main tool, you neglect phone calls and meetings, preparations for meetings etc. When you realise you make your day dependent on what is happening in your inbox, then you should realise that there is more out there than emails. Emails are solely a communication tool, nothing else. They are not the be and end all of business. It is still very important, more though in client facing and management jobs than other jobs, to meet people, listen to them and engage with them. Emails should really be secondary.

One needs to learn to leave at 6 pm or maybe a bit later and let go of unfinished work. You get into the office in the morning and the US might have sent you emails over night. You will always have unfinished emails and will never be on top of all emails. Just try to accept that and not letting it drive you mad. No one can expect you to work all through the night to stay on top of your emails!

And that is what I mean by email workflow before.

Let’s have a quick look again at todo lists.

Regarding to-do lists. GTD suggests having different ones for different locations, like offline, someday maybe list, calls etc. I like that system although I do not apply it religiously. Even iOS’s reminder function can be used with location. I do have a task in my Outlook with a list of things I can do offline for longer plane journeys. Or I have a list on my desk of calls I have to make that day. Often productivity gurus suggest using every minute of your time which I tend to disagree. If you are on your way to a meeting then it might be wise to chill out or relax on the way to focus better in the meeting rather than having a call with your boss about your pay rise.

On another note, using Evernote helps me. You can file all your notes, todo lists and articles you find important with different labels and searchable. One can easily search for keywords yet also sync the notes across devices. This way you have all your articles and todo lists ready to be reviewed offline, on a plane for instance, and in various notebooks. One of which can be a “articles to be read”, another “todo list for project X”. This of course is up to you.

Let’s reconvene next week for the last post on productivity principles.

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Productivity And Staying On Top Of Things (6)

We discussed inbox zero. There are other inbox and email tricks that work. A simple one is folders and rules.

Having folders or labels and automatic rules to move emails accordingly is key for an organised email system. Gmail now does that automatically, also offers you to unsubscribe from newsletters without opening your emails. Very good! A folder called “@action” gives you the option for emails that need your attention to be filed if you are checking that folder regularly. Adding the “@” makes it the first folder on your folder list too. Adding keywords into your emails like “WFR%”, a code for Waiting For Reply %, which is not a common combination in emails, allows for automatic filters for sent items. This could cover a whole chapter, but I used to add this code in “background colour” (invisible) to outgoing emails that I wanted to show up in my inbox.

This way I created a to-do list sending emails. Practically, if you want to have an email being flagged for follow up with Gmail for instance, you add a code like the one above which then allows for an automatic filter to move that email to the @action folder for instance as you need to follow up on that email. Their new ‘inbox’ concept allows for follow up scheduling, so Gmail is ahead of the game now.

There is plenty of advice on shortcuts and rules like that out there. However, newsletters are key to be moved instantly, or regular emails you want to read in your inbox being “marked read” the moment they arrive. Do not clutter your inbox with anything that is not very important, and if you do not read a newsletter, unsubscribe or spam it. No need to read everything coming your way. And you won’t have time for it either.

Focus. Focus and prioritisation is key to anything you do. At some point or another you would be overwhelmed by your tasks. This could be solely the emails coming your way or the tasks that land on your desk. You never know. However, by putting them in the right order, visually on a piece of paper or into your calendar or trusted system (2To or RTM = ‘Remember The Milk’ is recommended) does not matter. You decide. The challenge with most email programmes is that you can normally only sort by date or sender and there is no field for priority you can sort by. Gmail offers the “important marker” but you cannot filter by it and have different priorities, only “all important emails”. So you would need to find your own way of doing it.

By time of publishing the Gmail Inbox app will help organise your emails similar to described above and I have published an article on 2do before, my preferred todo app. Yet any decent app will do to keep your to-do list afloat.

I have also tried several email programmes that help you to achieve inbox zero, like the ones that remove emails for a week or day or two weeks and then they pop up again. There are more and more clever solutions out there, that allow for dismissing work around like the ones above. Guess programmers catch up with what we suggest.

What is your best practise around emails?

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Did you meditate. Did you relax and try to focus?

Let’s have another look:

Focus on what you are doing in the now. That’s it. Don’t start writing an article whilst checking emails. That is distraction and gets nothing done. Just because your email has 100 unread items doesn’t mean you don’t do a good job; some of those are probably spam or rubbish anyway, so focus on the task ahead. This used to be easy right. When you were younger you only ever did one thing, then the next, then the next. Sometimes in quick succession when choosing toys. Your attention span got longer, but it is decreasing again as you get more new input at a faster speed.

When I notice my brain going into overdrive, I sit down and drain my brain. The weekly routine of writing everything down that comes to your mind and clearing all that is blocking your daily thinking is very helpful. It looks like you are unproductive but actually you are very productive. It helps you thinking. Stopping the blockage of unnecessary thoughts. It makes you more productive and efficient.

Having the 2 minute rule is fantastic too. Anything that takes 2 minutes, do it instantly. This way you get emails that just need a yes or no answer out of your way quickly. The danger with emails is that you are overwhelmed easily, or when you are part of a group of people you get replies to all. I personally only check emails every 30 minutes and only send them every 30 minutes too. This way if I send an angry email or one in error, I can easily change it as it is sitting in my outbox for 30 minutes. And I have less disturbance through incoming emails. The danger of course is that someone else gets in first with their opinion, whilst this is really up to our own ego. Sometimes, email threads are solved by the time I get to them. That’s a good thing I suppose.

Please note that Outlook 2011 for Mac doesn’t support this feature but Outlook for Windows does.

Whilst a lot of people are fans of “inbox zero” I like to keep action items that need urgent attention in my inbox. You can move every email to a task or calendar in outlook but you actually just create a to-do list somewhere else. Or you use Salesforce or any other CRM to manage your work load, yet I still keep copies of the most urgent things in my inbox. My golden rule is to keep an email in the inbox if I expect it to be dealt with within 5-10 working days. Anything above that will go to a folder or task item. I noticed that over the last few years people talk more and more about inbox zero, a concept I was introduced to over 10 years ago. However, it is getting more popular as people think they got all their work done. But really, they just postpone or schedule it, and whilst it makes you feel good, I am happy to have 10 emails in my inbox knowing this is my whole to-do list for the next few days. Again, the system you create needs to work for yourself and no one else.

Pick and choose the things that work for you.

Next week we explore more inbox and email tricks that help you stay productive.

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Productivity And Staying On Top Of Things (4)

After last week’s longer post, I try to get a short one in this week. It is sometimes difficult to get all content in, yet stay within a certain range of words. And some chapters just don’t break up nicely.

So let’s look at another real life examples.

You have a project that needs to be finished in time, start with the end, work backwards and identify the critical path. That is simple. Baby step identification that will lead to the achievement of the bigger goal. Like in coaching. You start with the yearly calendar, then the monthly, weekly, daily, hourly….and I guess you do not have to go much more granular. Key is that in any project you start with the bigger picture and always take actions towards it.

GTD suggests a lot of tools, like having different lists for different occasions. That can work very well, so you have a list of calls you can make on the go, or offline tasks whilst you are in a plane. Remembering having all those lists can be tricky, so that I usually just keep one to-do list and work off it with reminders put into my diary for when I am at locations; so when I know I have a flight I put a reminder in the diary to “read the paper on real time bidding” rather than looking at my list of “things to do offline”. But that is where everyone brings in their own system. Having a physical in-tray is nothing new, using it for everything that needs to be sorted makes a lot of sense.

The biggest challenge for me is and will always be to stop my brain from going into overdrive because it is easily done and very distracting. The urge to do too many things at the same time is tempting but not very productive. Making this handwritten to do list or to brainstorm and then putting one’s thoughts into order is just fine. Just because you can do things, does not mean you have to. Delegate what you can and try to find a quick and easy way to get some tasks done.

The challenge is really to not overcharge your brain. And as mentioned, and probably experienced by most readers, the brain likes to go into overdrive. When you emptying the dishwasher and realise you have the coffee maker on, whilst burning the bacon. You already know what you want to watch on TV whilst eating and mentally already put the dishes in the dishwasher…..The moment you realise you cannot do everything at the same time, you need to relax, deep breathe in and remind yourself that it is enough to just do one thing at a time. You won’t forget to tidy the kitchen or clean it at a later stage. Just because you know the workflow already, doesn’t mean you should do it all at once. Help yourself by slowing down and chilling out, doing one thing at the time.

The trick is simple: it is called focus. And focus can be trained by meditation. By being mindful in the NOW.

Let’s look more into focus next week, and how you can train your brain. I don’t want to overload you this week 😉

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

Why not try to meditate this week?

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