How to Ramp Up Your Work Performance
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us would welcome some tips on how to get more done with less effort as we navigate countless calls, texts and emails. Forbes' contributor Martin Zwilling recommends some basic rules from mind-training expert Rasmus Hougaard's book, One Second Ahead.
Google, AOL and Starbucks coaches are using these techniques to boost productivity and deepen job satisfaction.
The Key Is Mindfulness
The basic approach is mindfulness, which allows no distractions as you focus on one major task for at least a few minutes. Never take on two significant tasks at the same time, which splits attention and sacrifices quality.
Here are seven more ways to sharpen your focus.
React from calmness not impulsiveness - Take a deep breath and stay calm as you patiently focus on the larger goals instead of quick-fix solutions. When everybody else is freaking out, be the rock in the group who deliberately pauses and looks deeper to get to the core of the matter.
Stay fully engaged - Throughout the day, no matter where you are, with a co-worker, talking to your boss, or plugging away on a task, make the effort to be completely present. You may be surprised at the improved efforts and responses.
Bring a fresh approach every day - Start with an open mind as you examine new material and new tasks. Avoid any habitual perceptions and challenge yourself to look around the corner or beyond your perch to see everything that is out there to give and get the best results.
Deliver straight ahead feedback - Respect everyone around you. Be unfailingly kind and always give honest, constructive feedback. You will feel better and so will everyone else, which invariably leads to more productivity.
Know when a battle is hopeless - Not every problem has an immediate answer. Give each task its due, but be willing to move on when the solutions are not showing up.
Reserve a few daily pleasures - Set aside a few minutes every day to chat with a friend, have coffee with a co-worker or take a brief walk outside. Do whatever lightens the day a little and don't forget to smile or laugh.
Juggle tough tasks and slam dunks - Know what comes easy and what takes more focus and effort. Then balance the two, moving between quick easy shots and slow more tedious work. Mixing the two levels of effort will avoid procrastination on tough tasks.
If some of these tips work for you, hang onto them and turn them into assets as you move faster and perform better.
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