The best way to achieve greatness and to excel at everything you do, is to simply focus on whatever you are doing 100 %. When you are working, place all your energy into working as effectively as you can, when you are resting or playing, do both full out. Wherever you are or what ever you are doing, be there completely.
This sounds like common sense and you would assume that everybody lives their lives like this. Unfortunately some things that are common knowledge are seldom common practice. This subtle shift in the way you approach everything in your life will have a profound effect on the results you will enjoy. When you make this shift, you will be more focused on your work and your energy will all flow to making you operate as effectively as possible.
So many people allow themselves to be distracted from the task at hand. When they are working, they are thinking about friends, rest, recreation or other distractions and while they are spending time with friends’ or family or they are involved in recreational activities they think of work and feel like they are procrastinating. This is the reason why so many people struggle to find harmony and balance in their lives.
They are constantly focused on something else and as you know wherever you attention goes, you energy flows. The constant distraction and lack of focus on the task at hand allows energy to flow away and results in unsatisfactory results. During rest when people should be recharging their batteries they are constantly thinking about work and what they failed to achieve, because when they were working they were focused on resting and recharging their batteries. This is a downward spiral and over time causes burnout and very poor performance.
The way to fix this is simple, start with the all important rest periods. Schedule rest into your week and ensure that you schedule at least 24 hours of total rest. During these 24 hours, you must give yourself permission to switch off completely from work and just relax and recharge your batteries. This will allow you to be refreshed and fired up the next day. Your productivity will soar and you will achieve so much the following day.
Next introduce a habit I refer to as “Done For The Day”. This is a scheduled time each day that you plan into your schedule, where you accept that you are going to stop working and you give yourself permission to rest and unwind. This allows you to move from work mode to rest mode without feeling guilty. When you practice this simple technique, when you are done each day you are spending time with your family resting. When you don’t, you feel like you are procrastinating and should be working.
The best way to find a place where you feel comfortable to apply “Done For The Day” successfully in your life is to schedule your life as follows:
- Set a time aside each day when you will stop working. The time you choose is unique to you, I choose 20H00 each day.
- At around 19H40 I review my day and asses my performance and outcomes for that day. This takes about 5 minutes.
- Any tasks that I was unable to complete that day. I place onto my dairy as first priorities for the next morning.
- I then spend 15 minutes planning for the next day. I include as much information in this process as possible. For example if I need to make a call, I ensure that I include the telephone number etc.
- I then feel comfortable that everything is taken care of and I switch off from work mode and move into rest and recharge mode.
I have given myself permission to stop working at a specific time each day. This has allowed me to completely rest and recharge my batteries, without feeling guilty that I am not working. I have also become far more effective when I work, because I am totally rested each morning. I also feel totally focused on my work and get an incredible amount done each day.
Give whatever you are doing the gift of your complete attention. Pay attention; stop staggering through your day. Focus your energy on getting from your day, stop simply trying to get through your day.
Author: Andrew Horton Guest Speakers Johannesburg