Most of us want to get things done quickly.
I am pretty good at revving up about something, then realizing I am hurrying needlessly. I have a lot of client work at the moment, so find myself zooming around a lot. When I get like this I sometimes remember that if I dried my hair with a blowtorch instead of a blow dryer, it would dry more quickly, but the result would be lacking.
When I received this message in response to to Over the Hump a few weeks ago, “You are right about the small steps. It is normal to desire to move quickly, but we have to be patient working with people”, I saved it away to ponder further. Sure enough it sprang out at me as I was looking for topics to write about this week. What’s really great about the statement is that it’s from a gentleman who I think is in his 80’s and still goes to the office every day.
His name is Houston Merriman. He is the epitome of a gracious, smart businessman. Just thinking about him I relax and feel more graceful.
I believe I am more productive if I do not zoom around. Recent studies also show that multi-tasking detrimental to our productivity and our health. Through practicing mindfulness for the last couple of decades I get zoomie less often. In addition, there are a couple of other ways I keep myself from being distracted and drawn into zoom mode.
- Make time to plan and schedule
- Keep my desk clear, or at least the part I see when facing my work space – usually my computer. If I have work to do at a regular desk, I clear off the rest of my desk so I am less distracted.
- Set a timer to stop and take a break every 45 to 60 minutes. Sometimes I just stand up, other times I do some jumping jacks or walk stairs to get my blood going. I ALWAYS take a few deep breaths.
- This also has a benefit of keeping me focused. If I know I have a scheduled break coming then I can let go of checking email, getting a drink, or taking a bio-break. When we really focus for 45 minutes on one thing, it’s amazing how much gets done!