Getting to best often involves a number of attempts at getting to ok. Wanting to be at best can sometimes mask how far we have come and how close we are to where we want to go
It is easier to see what remains to do, to accomplish, then it is to see how far we have traveled.
One of the reasons is that “to do” has something to attain whereas accomplishments are complete and don’t have a task attached. They don’t provide something to set their minds and hands to.
For doers being still and not having tasks to do makes them feel they are failing to achieve what they set out to bring about. This causes them to over think whether they are actually going anywhere and that their perceived progress is a myth of their imagination. This is actually a good point for them to take stock of everything and see what they can do to make them feel like they have some control and input in achieving what they want to happen.
Whether a small or large task, having something to set their hand to will allow them to have a feeling of going forward. It will provide a sense of moving forward in pursuit of their desired outcomes. The task can be as simple as writing a list of what needs to take place or as involved as traveling to another country to interview perspective associates.
The key in getting form okness to best and accomplished results is to have a feeling of moving forward. Creating tasks provides a great tool to create the continued momentum to accomplish what they desire to bring about.
A lot of times when we think of a person being courageous we think about overcoming some major issue or event. However, real courage is often masked in ordinary occurrences that take place in daily living. Even getting out of bed in the morning can be one of the most courageous things a person does all day because of the overcoming of the pain that surrounds that one act. They often fail to give themselves credit for these seemingly simple acts because they are a necessity to survive. They take for granted that they should be able to do these things easily. When they can’t do it easily and effortlessly they see themselves as failure rather than courageous.
They don’t give themselves credit for the courage it took which takes away the joy of accomplishment . They fail to have gratitude for what it took to accomplish this feat and how far they have progressed.
Recognizing whatever it takes to get you where you are going and having gratitude for how far you have come, recognizing the courage and dedication it took to get there will speed your progress and increase your joy. For me it has shown me how far along the path to where I am going I have come.
Queens University of Charlotte McColl School of Business professor (and mystery novelist) Cathy Anderson speaks about leveraging creativity in business.
When we think of applying creativity we mainly associate it with an artistic endeavor. However, creativity is an invaluable asset in creating and maintaining a successful business Looking at things from a creative prospective generators new perspective, fresh ideas and different ways to approach things. It adds spice, color and fun to any business project.
Next time you begin a new project, or consider how to give your business a lift take a bit of time to add some creative thinking to how you might enhance things and add some sparkle to the process.
Question of the Day?
I feel that time is not my own these days. How do I get it back?
Time is sometimes an illusion. The more we concentrate on it the less time we seem to have and the slower the clock seems to move. When we are anxious for the work day to end or a special event to occur time seems to move at a snail’s pace. When we are rushed and have a deadline to meet, time seems to speed by and often leaves us feeling that time will run out before we are able to complete the task.
The question is how do we have enough time to accomplish what we need to and still feel we have time to do what we want to do. It is important to be realistic about how long things will take to accomplish and to stick to the time scheduled to accomplish the task.
If you find that the project is going to run longer, it is better to reschedule rather than scramble for extra time for the rest of the day to make up for the time lost. Make a list of the tasks you want to accomplish that day and then prioritizing them is helpful. Then if you run out time at the end of the day you can add the remaining tasks on your list for the next day’s schedule. This will insure what is important will actually get accomplished.
Doing what you like enhances your work and your life, so actually schedule some “like to do time” on your calendar and actually take the time. It might seem necessary, if you have a deadline, to want skip the ”like to do time”, but in the long run the “like to do time” is a better investment. If you take the scheduled time, you will actually feel more energetic, ready to plug in and feel you actually have more time to accomplish your other tasks.
It’s not about having more time it’s about how we see and use the time we have. We get the time back by looking at it and scheduling it differently.
What is the key element to creating a successful career? Many would problably say making eough money. You might be surprised at fhe actual anwser given by Dan Pink, that purpose and meaning actually are the real bed rock and foundation. Creating a career with a purpose is actuallly essential aspect of career growth.
Purpose and meaning are key to creating a career where you actually wake up happy and eager to spend the day doing what you do for work. Getting paid well is imporant, but is much more likely to happen when what you do is meaningful and interesting. Profit gives you the ability to do what you do, but enthusisam and excitment about what you do are the actual magnet that create the attraction and acts as the force to create the income stream.
Question of the Day:
How much is too much? I take on more work each year and somehow I find a way to make it work but typically this involves me working into the late hours at home. Everyone at my work says they believe in balance but the reality of my job is I’ve taken on too much. How do I pull back without making it seem like I’m less committed?
Your question is one that many people are asking today. Many are concerned. But few are actually voicing the question to management because, as you stated, they don’t want be seen as uncommitted or find themselves unemployed. Overwork has become a success factor in today’s work place.
Before discussing the situation with those you work for there a few things you can do yourself to lighten your work load:
- Review what you do and determine if it is necessary to keep doing it, and if so is there a more efficient way to do it if you are going to continue the process. Look at the overall work you do and determine if you are delegating enough to other people that might be more efficient and have more time to get the work done
- Go through your inbox realistically and work on those things that have the most importance first and add things of less importance to a list to be done on an as needed basis
- Quit at a reasonable hour and stop extending the time you spend at work for a month to determine whether you might need an assistant or an intern to actually get the job done.
Keeping track of the insight you gain as you evaluate your work practices will be helpful if you determine that management needs to be involved to bring about the changes you find are necessary. The gathering of the data will also demonstrate factually what needs to be done to bring balance to the position and show your commitment to doing the best job possible.
Companies like Google, Zappos, Microsoft think creativity and innovation are so important that they build the process into their work model. Creativity is the basis for forward movement. Yet more and more people are finding less time to be creative at work. More pressure to have things done more quickly, and slimmer work forces create time crunches that make it seem impossible to take time out to allow creativity to take place and flow and yet is it a necessity to do so for future progress and satisfaction with what is produced.
How do we find time; what can be done to be more innovative and creative at work?
Ideas to add creativity to the work place:
- Place a higher value on innovation and creativity at work
- Recognize it as bottom line enhancer and treat it accordingly by making time in the work day for it
- Make it a Company policy that periodically people must take vacation time to regroup
- Bring people together to share ideas and provide a sounding board for collaboration
- Create an innovation and creativity budget so new ideas can be implemented
By implementing these ideas, you will find that creativity ideas will not only be a profit enhancer, but also a morale booster. It can create not only a more productive work environment but also a happier atmosphere to work in.
Question of the Day?
Any tips on getting sunlight and fresh air for someone who is climbing the corporate ladder inside of a high rise?
Taking a part of your lunch hour to be outside would give you the chance to get sunlight and fresh air. Taking a short break outside during the day to get some fresh air would also help. Jogging before work or walking to work could be invigorating as well as providing a chance to do deep breathing outside as you start your day. Take the opportunity, when you attend outside meetings, to choose transportation that provides a chance to get sunlight and fresh air. Keep a pair of tennis shoes in your desk drawer, so if the opportunity arises to walk to a meeting instead of riding, you are prepared.
Adding a couple of plants and nature pictures could provide a feeling of being in nature and provide a feeling of being outdoors. Making your cubicle feel open and airy could also decrease your sense of being in a sterile office setting.
Ideas are a free resource for creating change. The basis for prosperity, change, and moving forward are good ideas. Napoleon Hill said, “Ideas are the beginning of all fortune.” Ideas give us a picture of what can be.
Starting an idea journal is a good way to decide which ideas have merit and are worth taking action on. Take the time to write the ideas down that come to you. Once a week or so review the ideas you have come up with and see which one if any you would like to develop. Every few months or so go back over you entries and see if any of the ideas you passed over now seem worth paying more attention to. If so, add them to the ideas you will actively work on.
Once you have some ideas you decide to pursue determine what action you can take to begin bringing your ideas to life. The more you engage in this process the more ideas, resources and action steps will become apparent to you.