I don't want to go back to work blues
After almost two weeks of the holidays causing a slower office tempo (if not a complete stop) it’s hard to focus on work again. If you’re feeling resistance to your normal schedule, here are some strategies to help you get back to work when you don’t want to:
Expect to be slow, and plan accordingly.
Allow yourself time to ease back into things by designing your calendar around a slower you. Add time to deadlines you promise people. Ask for more time for deadlines assigned to you. You can always hand in work early, but by expecting to be slow, you build in a buffer and avoid any needless anxiety in your first days back.
Proactively hold off your chatty colleagues.
Even if you’re ready to get back to work, some of your colleagues will still be in social, holiday mode. If you work in an open work space, you will need strategies to proactively find your focus. One way is to decide in advance how you will handle the inevitable colleague interruptions. Decide on a standard response to questions about your holiday that allows you to still respond but continue working – for example, I had a great holiday this year and would love to tell you all about it in 30 minutes (or an hour or later that afternoon) when I’ve had a chance to finish this bit of work.
Start early or end late.
If your new year’s resolution is to find better work/ life balance, then don’t start the year extending your work day! But you may find it useful, even cathartic, to come in early or stay later than usual to get caught up. Sometimes just the thought of catching up creates an unnecessary burden, and spending a little extra effort right at the start is enough to take that weight off.
The traditional 9–5 workday is poorly structured for high productivity.
The most productive countries in the world do not work 8 hours per day. Actually, the most productive countries have the shortest workdays.
If you’re like most people, you probably want to make a great income, doing work you love, that also provides lots of flexibility in your schedule.
If that’s your goal, this post is for you.
Quality Vs. Quantity
“Wherever you are, make sure you’re there.”—Dan Sullivan
If you’re like most people, your workday is a blend of low-velocity work mixed with continual distraction (e.g., social media and email).
Most people’s “working time” is not done at peak performance levels. When most people are working, they do so in a relaxed fashion. Makes sense, they have plenty of time to get it done.
However, when you are results-oriented, rather than “being busy,” you’re 100 percent on when you’re working and 100 percent off when you’re not. Why do anything half-way? If you’re going to work, you’re going to work.
But this must be “Deep Work,” with no distractions, just like an intensive workout is non-stop. Interestingly, your best work — which for most people is thinking — will actually happen while you’re away from your work, “recovering.” For best results: Spend 20% of your energy on your work and 80% of your energy on recovery and self-improvement
My Suggestion: Try microbloking. Block short amount of times to specific task.20-30 minutes slots and you will see how much focused you get! And how much you get achieved!
Your First Three Hours Will Make or Break You
According to psychologist Ron Friedman, the first three hours of your day are your most precious for maximized productivity.
I wake up at 5.00 am to have breakfast ,meditate , exercise and plan for the day. Have you read the Miracle Morning? I highly recommend this book.
So I write down my big picture goals and my objectives for that particular day. I then write down anything that comes to my mind. Often, it relates to people I need to contact, or ideas related to a project I’m working on. I purposefully keep this journal session short and focused.
By 8.30 I am at work and I have done already half of the most important things on all the areas of my life!
Before going to work I get my orange juice and still have 30 minute to plan at work focusing on what is important for the business.
Protect your mornings
A common strategy for this is known as the “90–90–1” rule, where you spend the first 90 minutes of your workday on your #1 priority. I’m certain this isn’t checking your email or social media.
Whatever your situation, protect your mornings!
What you do outside work is just as significant for your work-productivity as what you do while you’re working.
If you want to operate at your highest level, you need to take a holistic approach to life. You are a system. When you change a part of any system, you simultaneously change the whole. Improve one area of your life, all other areas improve in a virtuous cycle.
This is what I call Life Leadership. It is the 360 degrees of you.Of the soul and leader you have within.
Don’t Forget to Psychologically Detach and Play
Research in several fields has found that recovery from work is a necessity for staying energetic, engaged, and healthy when facing job demands.
“Recovery” is the process of reducing or eliminating physical and psychological strain/stress caused by work.
When you’re at work, be fully absorbed. When it’s time to call it a day, completely detach yourself from work and become absorbed in the other areas of your life.
If you don’t detach, you’ll never fully be present or engaged at work or at home. You’ll be under constant strain, even if minimally. Your sleep will suffer. Your relationships will be shallow. Your life will not be happy.
Listen to Brain Music or Songs on Repeat
In her book, On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind, psychologist Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis explains why listening to music on repeat improves focus. When you’re listening to a song on repeat, you tend to dissolve into the song, which blocks out mind wandering (let your mind wander while you’re away from work!).
Call To Action
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All the best