Not Enough To Do?

ID-100259522In The Managers Hub, I don’t often write about having too little to do! This weekend, I read an intriguing article in The New York Times titled: Bored To Tears By A Do-Nothing Dream Job. What an anomaly in today’s world!

It is an interesting continuum with boredom on one end and stress and speed on the other.

By chance, have you found yourself in this situation of not having enough to do at work? It can be a downhill slide, if you are not aware of how it is affecting you. Best to address it and make sure it is something you can handle. It has its advantages, but make sure they are advantages you choose to have in your life.

The rest of you may wish for just one day with not enough to do!


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Sometimes Small Steps Will Do It

ID-100203864Change can be daunting at times. Sometimes, you can magnify what it will take to make a change, causing you to slow down. In many cases, if you look at the change that is called for in the present moment instead of letting your imagination run wild, making the change becomes possible.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself the next time you are faced with the possibility of change:

• Is the change something I am creating or is it being imposed on me?

• Do I have a choice whether to make the change or not?

• Will the change bring large or small changes to my life?

• What do I need to be able to make the change?

• Am I afraid of this change? How can I limit fear’s power over me?

• What is a small step I can take to begin the change?

• If the change is being imposed on me, what is one step I can take to adjust to it?

• What are the good things this change will bring?

Change is constant, as you know. Sometimes, a small change in attitude and approach makes change possible and rewarding. No need to resist it. Embracing change brings adventure, and even stability, to your life or work. Why embrace change? Well, if change is all around you, best that you master it.


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Start Over

DTSPpaperSometimes things just don’t go right. When this occurs, do you push on, ignoring what’s not working or do you stop and reassess? Sometimes, the best approach is to start over. Yes, it is a drag to erase all the time and effort you have already spent, but continuing may take more time and effort, with no results.

Starting over can apply to projects, members of your team or your own performance. How do you decide when it is time to start over? Some things to consider in your decision are: whether further action, on the same course, will make any difference, what results you have seen so far, what obstacles you are facing and whether they are surmountable, if there is a better way to accomplish your goal and what may happen if you do not start over.

There is nothing wrong with starting over. What matters is getting things done and if starting over will get you where you want to be, go for it.




StocksnapImpeccabilityThe concept of mastery is always a motivator for me. By mastery, I mean excellence and full command of something that I do. Striving for mastery requires focus, stretching, striving, setting high goals and surpassing the mundane. Mastery involves knowledge, learning and persistence. You can’t go part way – you must be all in.

Striving for mastery in an aspect of your work is analogous to climbing a high mountain. You have to study and understand what is involved, prepare yourself physically, mentally and emotionally, practice and ultimately, excel. It is not only about climbing the mountain, but also about how you grow in the process.

Is there something you think is worthwhile to master? When will you start?



Keeping it Going

unspalashswimmertoddquackenbushThere is something to be said for maintaining momentum.  Momentum is about movement towards something. You know what your goals are for your life and managing. To reach them requires focused attention.

Pick a significant goal you have for you or your team. How much momentum exists around it? Are you going at the pace you want? Are you satisfied with your progress? How do you create momentum? Some ways I have found useful in creating momentum include: scheduling periodic check-ins to assess progress and course-correct, if I need to; scheduling specific times to work on something; identifying  when I have to schedule more time and “push” to get something done; eliminating distractions; and keeping my focus on priorities

How do you keep it going?


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Out Of Sync

ID-10083660Your work thrives when people and events work well together. At times, however, things can go astray. How do you respond when your work, team or projects get out of sync?

Disruption and chaos can pull you in and cause you to lose your center. Personalities can take over, obscuring what is happening and causing things to falter more. When something gets out of sync, you need clear vision in order to assess what has happened and to course-correct.

The next time something gets out of sync, what will you do? How will you regain your center when things go awry? How will you manage your own behavior to minimize the damage that occurs when something is out of sync?


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unsplashpatterns.jpgDo you see patterns in your life and career? Do you even look for them? Recognizing patterns can be helpful in understanding where your life and career are taking you. Often, we are the ones who create the patterns in our lives – by how we see the world, how we react to things and how we see ourselves.

By pattern, I mean a recurring form. A pattern may involve coming up repeatedly against a certain type of personality, harmful experiences of a similar type or your explaining circumstances in a repetitive way; e.g. “I am a victim.” It’s someone else’s fault”. “They do not see how good I am.”

As you recognize the patterns in your life and career you will understand yourself and your path much better. You can always break patterns once you are aware of them. You have the power to create and set new patterns – ones that affirm who you are and where you want to be. Let the patterns in your life propel you to where you want to go.



Staying Organized

Pexelsiphone_notesHow do you keep yourself organized? Everyone finds their own way. Our ways are on a continuum between order and chaos. What matters is to find the way that works best for you. Are you more productive in an ordered or chaotic state?

Some find that chaos stimulates their creativity. Others find that order allows them to keep their center. There are downsides of both order and chaos. They can each be used to avoid action and keep you unproductive. For example, a near constant state of chaos can keep you from getting anything meaningful done. Too much focus on order can keep you from getting into action. What are the downsides of each for you?

If you think of nature as a system, both chaos and order exist within it, each serving a purpose. Order keeps an ecosystem together. Chaos introduces change and growth. How does your ecosystem work best for staying organized? What’s your best balance between chaos and order?




StocksnapDaisiesWould you say that you are happy? Is happiness something that you value? There is so much in life that crowds out happiness – responsibilities, stress, disappointments, conflict, not having time, compromises. Happiness has to be a priority in order to exist in your life. It is so easy to neglect your desire for happiness, as other parts of your life scream louder. How can you make happiness a priority in your life and work? What brings you happiness? It is well worth your attention. Get yourself some happiness today.



Do You Create Fear In Others As You Manage?

ID-10096213In a past post, Do You Ever Feel Fear At Work? I looked at how feeling fear can be a destructive force.  The flip side is if we, as managers, create fear in others. For me, creating fear serves no good purpose. It is effective for some in maintaining control but, essentially, it is bullying that has no place in our workplaces.

Good managing involves building a team, not breaking people down. How do managers create fear in others? They create an environment of insecurity, where team members do not know where they stand and feel their position is tenuous. They threaten people, subtly or overtly. They let their emotions run wild, intimidating others. They create uncertainty, without providing leadership.

Do you think you create fear in others? Is it intentional? Could you be creating fear subconsciously? It takes courage to manage openly, respecting others and maintaining your and their integrity. Do you have the courage to eliminate fear from your workplace?


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