Wise Words Wednesday ....Personal Effectiveness
Posted on 6th September 2017 at 09:13
I know that each of us has much to do. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the tasks we face. But if we keep our priorities in order, we can accomplish all that we should. We can endure to the end regardless of temptations, problems, and challenges”. Joseph B. Wirthlin
Boost Your Effectiveness
It’s so easy to get busy every day with life and business that you forget to focus on your most valuable asset…. your health! I believe that sometimes it is the simple things that can have biggest impact.
Without your health, you will be hard pushed to be productive and perform at your best. There are many benefits to being and staying healthy, all of which can have a dramatic impact on your business and personal life. You can boost your personal effectiveness by developing the following habits.
8 Simple Habits
1.0 Plan Your Day
How often do you wake up in the morning and just rush from one task to another without giving any thought to what you would like to achieve on any given day? When you don’t purposefully plan your day, it can leave you feeling out of control, rushed and an overwhelming feeling of being ‘busy’ yet not productive. Take 10 minutes the night before to prioritise what 3 things you want to achieve the following day.
2.0 Build in Extra Time
My suggestion is always overestimate how long a task or activity is going to take you. There are always things that happen outside your control e.g. traffic jams, urgent calls, unexpected interruptions which sometimes you must deal with. If you build in extra time then it relieves some of the pressure. You arrive more composed to meetings, you spend focused time on completing a task and you spend less time rushing.
3.0 Take a Break
Your brain can only focus for 90 to 120 minutes before it needs a break. Nathan Kleitman, a sleep researcher, called it the “basic rest-activity cycle”: the 90-minute cycles during which you progress through the five stages of sleep. Kleitman found the 90-minute pattern exists in our days, too, as we move from higher to lower alertness–the ultradian rhythm. Take a 20-minute break away from your desk. Then come back to the same task or do something completely different.
4.0 Don’t Skip Lunch
When you are focused on getting through your ‘to do list’, it’s easy to skip that lunch break. Take the opportunity to relax and eat something healthy. The reality is when you skip lunch you are more likely to grab a less unhealthy alternative later in the day when your energy levels start to drop. Having a lunch break will improve your concentration. I know some people take the opportunity to have a short nap, sit quietly, meditate, listen to music or take a walk in nature. Work out what works best for you.
5.0 Renew Your Energy Levels
There are 4 main domains where you will either be depleting or renewing your energy levels - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Each of the domains are inter-related so depleting energy in one domain is likely to impact on the other three. It’s important to ensure that you build in daily activities that are going to renew your energy. Ensuring that you exercise, eat healthy, take time for self-care, have some quiet time and get restorative sleep are all activities that are going to keep your energy levels topped up.
6.0 Respect Your Boundaries
It’s important to take care of your own needs and feelings as well as others. The reality is when you say ‘no’ to others they may feel hurt, frustrated or disappointed. However, you can still work towards maintaining your boundaries as it shouldn’t have to be you who gives in all the time. Setting boundaries is about treating yourself respectfully, being kind and compassionate to yourself. By doing this you also give permission to others to do the same. Saying ‘no’ also frees up your time to do what matters most to you.
7.0 Set Aside ‘Me’ Time
Set aside some time on a weekly basis to recharge your inner battery by doing something that you enjoy or excites you. There are so many activities that will help you to relax and reconnect with yourself. Find what works for you. Reading a book, going for a hike, dancing, singing, reading, the list is endless. When we are feeling overwhelmed faced with a never ending ‘to do list’ at home and at work, taking time out for yourself, may feel like a luxury. You may even find yourself saying ‘I don’t have time to relax’. Taking time out for yourself helps you to focus, reduce stress and prevent burnout.
8.0 Get Restorative Sleep
Sleep plays an important part in maintaining your overall health and well-being. Most studies indicate that you should aim for between 6 and 8 hours of sleep a day. Sleep helps improve your learning, problem solving skills, decision making and creativity. If you are someone who ‘burns the candle at both ends’ you could be doing yourself more harm than good. Getting quality sleep at night is going to support your productivity throughout the day, you are less likely to make mistakes and finish tasks much more quickly.
Review what beliefs you hold about time. Statements like ‘there’s never enough time’, there’s too much to do’ and ‘there aren’t enough hours in the day’ will keep you feeling overwhelmed. Pay attention to what you are saying to yourself and see if you can create more helpful thoughts.
Over to You
Please share any other tips that help you to be more effective on a day to day to basis by leaving a comment below.
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