Find your sweet-spot and spend more time in the zone

Uncategorized Jan 09, 2019

Productivity – meet your higher self

Productivity, how much you get out of the time you put in, is the going to be central to what you achieve this year. Being productive, along with the opportunities you cultivate, the relationships you nurture and the consistency with which you follow your processes – is going to determine what you achieve with the time you are given.

Sounds easy right? But if you have been working for more than 5 minutes you know this is easier said than done. The reasons for this are varied, and we will explore these in more detail in a series of articles that we will release every ‘hump day’ (otherwise known as Wednesday) to help you to get the most out of your hours, your days, your weeks, your month and of course your year.

The first requirement of productivity is one that is not often discussed in the workplace, yet it remains the downfall of so many of the salespeople and clients I work with. Quite simply, if you want to spend time in the zone you need strong boundaries. The ability to draw a line between you and external stimulus that is vying for your attention. Boundaries are the places where you draw a line between yourself and the world. The key word for effective boundaries is “no”.

Let me give you an example. For myself, an emotional and empathetic person, I can easily to be sidetracked by conversations, so I have drawn a boundary, I do not engage in personal catch up conversations between 6 am and 6 pm. Why 6 am? Because an unpleasant personal exchange can disrupt my whole day. After 6 pm I draw a boundary between myself and work demands so that I can be fully present with my family and friends. This simple practice has halved my anxiety and doubled my productivity and happiness.

 Here are some other boundaries I have drawn: 

  1. When I need to focus, I put my phone on flight mode
  2. When I need to concentrate, I use headphones
  3. In a meeting, I use pen and paper to take notes, then action them within 24 hours
  4. I create a priority list of actions for the day on paper before I switch on my PC
  5. Our team meets weekly, either in person or virtually to ensure we are clear on what we are doing
  6. One day a week I do not work, and I stay off of social media
  7. Before I get the opportunity to be distracted I know what I am going to say no to

What are your boundaries? What will you say no to in 2019? Where are you allowing time and energy thieves to interrupt your best work?  

We would love to hear your thoughts, you may have the advice or encouragement that someone else needs! Head over to our Facebook page and tell us what you say no to? 

https://www.facebook.com/thesalescounsel

Until next week, keep focused! 

 

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