Is Calmness Even Possible?

In a fast-moving world is calmness possible anymore? It is a question worth asking yourself. It may be that it is not possible to keep up with all the demands on your time. What are you to do? One thing you can do is to stop and take a good look at what is happening in your life. Are you paying attention to your priorities and making sure they get done first? Are you allowing overwhelm and stress to get the better of you? Is there a need for you to reevaluate how you are spending your time? Do you know how to regain your center when things get out of control?

It is society that has quickened its pace. You can still manage yourself in relation to what is around you. When you do so, things will begin to flow more easily. When you bring yourself fully to the present moment, things are not speeding by you; they are right there next to you. You have that moment and in that moment you can observe what is happening and make the choices that are best for you.

 

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How’s Your Focus Today?

As you read this post, take a moment to assess how well you are focusing today. Are you tackling your top priorities? Are you instead focusing on lesser priorities or allowing yourself to be distracted?

Focus is a present-moment pursuit. It requires your attention and awareness – first, to identify your priorities and then, to stick to them. Keep your focus strong each day and you’ll find yourself moving forward.

 

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Pacing

Time is finite. You have to take care of yourself and put your focus where it matters. There are always things to do and new directions to go in.

Pacing yourself effectively is a skill worth cultivating. Two things are involved: balance and prioritizing. Pacing yourself with these two things in mind will allow you to stay healthy and whole and will make sure you are putting your attention where it matters.

The next time you feel you should ”do more”, make sure to pace yourself and get where you want to go.

 

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Happiness

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.

 

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Upside Down

ID-10045534So much can deter us from honoring our values and priorities. We have to keep them front and center. What are your values? What are your priorities for 2015? Identify them and keep them close, as you work and go through your day. With focus, you’ll honor your values and achieve your goals. Otherwise, they may end up upside down, doing no one any good.

 

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How Do You Prioritize?

ID-100288876I guess you can manage your team without prioritizing, but what a ride that is! How do you prioritize your work and make sure that you and your team meet your goals? Best to find a way that works for you, or your prioritizing will become a burden and ineffective. Here are some things to consider in finding the best way to prioritize your work.

• Have a realistic sense of the time available to you and what you can get done.

• Align your priorities with those of your organization and customers and, if conflicts arise, address them.

• Make the hard choices regarding what is most important. There are so many demands on our time, that these choices are inevitable.

• Be clear about priorities with your team – no mixed messages, unrealistic deadlines or conflicting priorities.

• Don’t slack off. Keep stated priorities front and center for you and your team. If priorities change, inform your team and set a new course.

• Develop a “system” for prioritizing work – a process for communicating priorities, revisiting them when necessary, receiving team feedback, keeping a record and tracking progress.

An effective way of prioritizing your work gives you a level of control, a way to create efficiency, a path to achieving your goals and a little peace of mind.

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No Time!

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Do you find yourself saying you have no time? Sometimes, saying you have no time makes it so. It can be a way of throwing up your hands, in lieu of sorting through the demands on your time, deciding on priorities and getting out of overwhelm. What’s the reality for you? Is saying you have no time a way for you to stay in overwhelm or to avoid certain things? Or, are you willing to create a positive relationship with time and get things done?

 

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Keeping Things Moving

There’s a difference between movement and activity. You can keep your day active, but how do you make sure you are moving forward? One way is to identify your goals for the week, with a deadline for each one. This is a simple and well-known approach, but  goals are not always front and center during a busy day. Use your deadlines as markers of your progress during the week. Another way is to set daily priorities and order them according to their importance. At the end of each day, review how you did and set your priorities accordingly for the next day.

A day’s distractions and interruptions, as well as frustrations and energy drains, take your focus away from your goals and priorities. Identify “911” signs that you are losing focus, so that you don’t stray too far. If your day becomes unfocused, develop a ritual to refuel and regain your focus.

Keeping things going requires that you maintain your focus and attention on your priorities. Not always an easy thing to do, but a sure-fire way to keep things moving.

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10 Ways To Keep Your To Do List Working For You

1. Start with a list covering a week’s time.

2. Check your calendar to see what time is already scheduled for that week.

3. Include only your priorities for the week. (You can keep a side list for future weeks.)

4. Make sure your priorities align with your organization’s expectations.

5. Be realistic about the time you have – include only tasks you have time for that week. Identify any tasks that are due and there may not be time for.

6. Include contingency time for unanticipated tasks that come up during the week. (For example, include tasks that will take 85% of the time you have that week, with 15% contingency time.)

7. Break the list down to days in the week. By doing this, you will organize what you will focus on each day.

8. Keep your To Do list visible (manually or using an app).

9. Check your To Do list twice a day to see how you are progressing.

10. Don’t stray from your To Do list, unless there is a compelling reason.

 

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Simplicity

How often do you hear the word simplicity mentioned when describing the art of managing? Do you consider simplicity a component of your management style? Simplicity involves ease, clarity, no frills and a lack of complication. We can use more of these elements in our workplaces. Work has become complicated and complex, creating some major advantages. In the process, however, we have lost sight of the value of simplicity. Reinstating simplicity into managing can streamline operations and improve productivity.

What are some ways to reintroduce simplicity into your managing? Here are a few ideas and I am sure you can identify some ways as well. You can bring simplicity and clarity into your communication by speaking and writing succinctly and with brevity. You can pull back from challenges and observe for a while to identify the basics of the challenge and find solutions that address them. You can identify and honor priorities, bringing simplicity by creating focus on what is important. You can ask your team members to find their own ways to simplify without losing quality, and share them with the team.

Give simplicity a try in your managing. Let it remove the extraneous and bring focus to the essential.

“ That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean, to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

– Steve Jobs

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