1. Undefined personal boundaries
2. Tendencies to create “dramas” with co-workers
4. Grudges or biases rooted in past experiences
8. Lack of focus
10. Too little fun
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When it is 6 pm in the western part of the United States, it is 2am the next day in London, 9am the next day in China and so on. Time is a structure, not a fixed element in our lives. Time allows us to function within the motion of the earth, the sun and the moon, gives a context to our days and creates a way for us to arrange our lives.
Time can wreak havoc, if we let it. However, if we see it as a human-made structure we may be better able to make the most of time and its place in our lives. Think of time as a structure and see what changes!
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A recent article in the New York Times, Productivity Isn’t About Time Management. It’s About Attention Management by Adam Grant makes a good point about productivity. “Being prolific is not about time management. There are a limited number of hours in the day, and focusing on time management just makes us more aware of how many of those hours we waste.” Grant came to a realization that attention management – the art of focusing on getting things done for the right reasons, in the right places and at the right moments – is what matters.
Time management really is an oxymoron. You can’t manage time, you can only manage yourself. Maintaining and cultivating your focus gets you in a zone that is key to your productivity. What are your priorities this week? Get going on them, excluding distractions and non-priorities, and you may find your week is a highly productive one.
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Perspectives on being practical can vary – seeing practicality as being grounded in what is and acting from there or as an inhibitor, such as when one says, “I’d love to do that, but it is not practical”.
How do you view practicality? Is it an element in your decision-making and choices? Examining your perspective on practicality may be fruitful. Allow it to help you move forward, rather than hold you back.
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There are all kinds of people networks in the world of work – within your organization, clients, customers, associates, professionals and allies. It is your choice to develop the kind of network that works for you.
How is your network these days? Do you cultivate it? Does it serve your needs? A robust network can propel your success and performance, when you use it well.
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Is everything going great in your everyday work life? Can you identify anything that has run its course? Sometimes, habits, situations or circumstances hang around long after their usefulness is gone. Examples can be: allowing stress to run your life, consistently being late for meetings, a pattern of activity you have or an energy drain that you are better off without.
Releasing something is not always easy. However, letting something go that is doing you no good frees you and you end up feeling great. You also make room for something new to take its place. Go ahead, let it go!
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A recent article in Medium Magazine, What I Wish I’d Known as a First-Time Manager, presents advice on being a first-time manager from people who have been there. The focus is personal – on interrelationships, respect and working as a team.
What better way to succeed as a first-time manager then to put some focus on the personal? Skills and talents can be developed over time. Who you are and how you relate with others is a lifetime pursuit.
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In one moment your situation, environment or circumstance can change dramatically. When that occurs, what can you do? First, right yourself and encounter what has happened. Look around and assess. Then, check yourself out – how are you experiencing this sudden shift? Get present and figure out what you want to do.
Your perception of sudden shifts can go from good to bad and back again. Try your best to accept what has happened and evaluate from there. When you find yourself in a new world, take the shift as part of life and growth and you will be fine. Sudden shifts can bring treasures, challenges and advancement.
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When chaos shows up, best to be ready for it. Chaos can sweep you away into disorganization, disorientation, unbalanced emotions and confusion. You don’t want that to happen, do you?
Being ready for chaos involves the ability to quickly get grounded and fully into the present moment, focus, discernment, insight and emotional intelligence. Developing these skills can help you be ready for whatever chaos comes along!
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Gravitas: A serious or dignified demeanor.
Gravitas was a virtue that was particularly appreciated in leaders in Ancient Rome. It still matters today. Is there anything going on in your work life right now that needs your gravitas? Taking things lightly can be a benefit or a detriment, depending on the situation. In some cases, seriousness is what moves you forward in the best and most efficient way.
There are a number of things that indicate when your gravitas is warranted: others involved are taking the situation very seriously, the possible consequences of how you proceed can cause problems for you, the outcome of the situation matters greatly to you or others who matter, you have something to lose if the outcome does not go your way or your own values are involved and you want to honor them.
What needs your gravitas today?
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