In this near-last of the series about designing your days, we have two “how” strategies to share with you:
It’s about the How…How will I do it? How will I move forward with my work?
Pull up a chair, have a seat and either listen to our podcast here … HOW – June 2014 Number 3 (5-7 minutes) … or read highlights below.
A strategy from Sue: Collaboration is a necessary `HOW` strategy that works well for some people on certain tasks: a couple of examples explain it.
As we talked about what makes him good at what he does and where he gets his energy from, he realized that collaboration and accountability partners would work well for him. They had in the past and they could again.
Another client loves the first meeting with a prospective new client, but struggles to write the proposal. Boring follow up details, when she feels as if the deal is done.
She re-energizes by immediately calling into the office after the meeting to talk about it with her business partner. Or, plan is to see and talk with her partner when she returns to the office. She talks about the meeting and effectively outlines aloud how she`ll tackle the proposal! This “how strategy” makes it far easier and energizing to sit down and write the proposal.
From Carol: For this time, I share the strategy of the Sprint.
Athletes know that interval training will get them better results than a more constant routine. When we `break up` our routine, our bodies get a little confused, have to work overtime (burning more calories for an athlete).
In the same vein, our minds get accustomed to the `same old.` When we break up a big project into SPRINTS, we create excitement, enthusiasm, novelty and focus…and get more done, more quickly and efficiently. And…we have more fun!
So, try this: Set your timer for 30 to 45 minutes. Work intensely on your project. Then stop. During this time, do not answer email, your phone, or any other distraction that is not life threatening. Then, allow yourself a 15 minute `cool off` or `rest` period to get a refreshing drink, take a walk, return a call or a message.
Repeat the interval strategy as often as you can.
Our bodies and minds work very well like this.
And on that note… I’m a believer in a life so complicated and busy these days, we all at some stages need “life preservers,” people and/or strategies that keep us afloat. They don’t rescue us. They collaborate – whether it is a timer supporting you or a person. Both preserve what is important to you, once you figure that out. If you’re on my newsletter list, you might remember the article “It Takes a Village.”
If you’ve never tried either of these strategies, why not start today?
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