There are a variety of indicators that it is time to think something out again. Perhaps circumstances have changed, you have altered your perspective or something new is affecting a situation. Regrouping is simply addressing something from the present moment, rather than from the past or future, and deciding on a new course of action.
Ignore change at your peril. Regrouping is done easily – with your eyes open, brain engaged and senses alert. Are there any indicators that regrouping is called for in your life or work? Is something asking for your attention? Are you resisting acknowledging a change that has occurred? Regrouping puts you back in control and allows you move forward.
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Fear can show its face at work and often does. It finds its way within uncertainty, dysfunctional cultures, self doubt, power plays, edges of comfort zones, unexpected outcomes and aggression.
The best way to deal with fear is to go right through it. Pushing it down, pretending it is not there or convincing yourself it doesn’t matter, only increases fear’s hold on you.
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Fun actually can enhance your performance at work. Do you build opportunities to have fun into your workday? Fun reduces stress. Fun fuels your creativity and imagination and improves your mental health.
Why has fun been written out of many workdays? The reason could be that stress has taken over. We are much too serious. We drive ourselves very hard, to the exclusion of balance.
Could you use more fun in your workday? What can you do to create it?
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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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The first hour of your morning can set the tone for your whole day. How do you get started in the morning?
When you wake up, you have the opportunity to establish your outlook for the day. A wide range of emotions is yours to choose from: optimism, expectation, happiness, confidence, worry, anxiety, overwhelm.
It really is a mind game. Will you let your mind run away into negative emotions or guide it into the day in a positive manner? Practices help – you can set aside some quiet time, find ways to release negative emotions (journal writing, physical exercise, being in nature) or do things you love to start your day.
Give it a try tomorrow – start your morning well and make the day a fantastic one!
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Balance is essential to performance. Periodically checking your level of balance allows you to assess how well you are functioning. Here are some elements of a balance check:
• Are you tired? Have you been getting enough sleep?
• How is your stress level?
• Are your work hours manageable?
• Is your workload under control?
• How are you feeling physically?
• Are your emotions in a good place?
• Have you had fun in the last week?
Leonardo da Vinci said: “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”
Try doing a balance check once a month to keep a handle on your performance. The chances of overwhelm or low functioning will diminish and balance will be easier to maintain.
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Summer is upon us. Some look at the seasons in a symbolic way. Summer is a time to enjoy the blooming of the “seeds” you have planted in preceding months. It will not hurt to take a moment and look at what is “blooming” for you. What have you accomplished in the past year? How have you grown?
Acknowledge your accomplishments and growth. Many of us do too little of that. By acknowledging your self, you set a foundation for future accomplishments and growth. You’ve done it before and will do it again.
What “blooms” will you enjoy this summer?
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As you work, work, work you may not think of breaks as powerful tools for productivity. Turn your thinking around on this one and you will see the benefits. Taking periodic breaks during your workday can rejuvenate you, sharpen your mind and relieve your fatigue.
The challenge lies in getting your self to stop for a break. Here are a few ways you can make it easier to stop for a break: set a time limit for continuous work – for example, you will work no more than 3 hours straight; identify some appealing ways to take a break – things you would look forward to doing and that are possible in your workday; set a timer on your phone or computer for when you want to take breaks.
Think of waves in the ocean and the power they harness, gathering speed by receding and then crashing to shore. There’s a rhythm you establish by interspersing breaks into your workday. You expend energy working, then you gather and build your energy during breaks. Doing this, you create a flow to your work and enhance your productivity.
Start seeing breaks as the powerful productivity tools they are. As you do, you will work, play and live better!
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Fun is defined as enjoyment, amusement or lighthearted pleasure. How often do you think of fun when you measure the level of balance in your life?
If fun has gone missing for you, putting it back in the balance will make a positive difference. What do you do for fun? If you have trouble answering this, time to find it again. Fun provides relief from the more serious aspects of life, boosts your creativity and makes life better all-around.
What will you do for fun this week?
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Do you have something pulling at you, that you don’t want to “face up” to?
Up front, I have to say I am often slow at facing up. I will avoid it for a while. It takes me some time to find an approach that I can pursue confidently.
Is there anything pulling at you now that you’d be better off facing up to? Perhaps it is an uncomfortable situation with a co-worker or team member, a feeling that you are no longer a fit with what you are doing, a problem that needs your attention or something you need to do, but have been avoiding. The ironic thing about facing up is that often it is more uncomfortable avoiding it, than it is facing it. The situation builds up in your mind and can be blown out of proportion. Very quickly, these situations become energy drains.
Facing up asks you first to reach clarity regarding the situation and identify what it is causing your discomfort. Once you have clarity, you can look at your options for handling the situation. Facing up is not the easiest thing to do. However, by doing it, you will find yourself free and able to move in a lighter energy, as you manage.
What can you face up to in the next week?
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