Written by: Agnese Rudzate, Executive Contributor
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When there are so many distractions coming from so many directions, it makes our minds tired. And let me tell you a few things about a tired mind:
It lacks focus.
It slows you down.
It sabotages your performance.
There is a better way than trying your hardest to complete a day's to-do list on time. There is a better way than nearly meeting deadlines of strategically important business tasks. There is a better way than constantly getting distracted by outside noise that promises to keep you informed.
Now more than ever, we are being challenged to keep our focus, stay on track, and managing distractions. While it might not be the easiest thing to do in this “information overloaded” time, it’s not impossible. Let me share 3 effective tactics that will increase your work performance if only implemented and practiced.
Tactic #1 - Create a distraction-free work area.
You know yourself best. It means you know what distracts you, what takes your attention away. Take time to figure out what are those things around you that keep sabotaging your performance.
Could it be your family's desktop photo? It might seem like an innocent reminder of your loved ones. But if whenever looking at it (and that’s a lot of times if you’re working from your computer) it makes you switch the focus, then it’s time to change it to something more neutral and less distractive. Could it be the background music? Peanuts on your desk? Uncomfortable chair? Photos on the wall? You know yourself best. It's your responsibility to figure out your biggest distractions to create a flow of high-performance work impacting the world even more.
Tactic #2 - Set boundaries for the outside influence on yourself.
Having your vision strong in your heart is what helps you find the golden nuggets in the sea of rocks. You see, not everything is important. Not everything needs your immediate attention. Not everything requires your presence and help. The need to stay “in the loop” requires a lot of energy. The energy that could be invested into strategically important business tasks. Are your notifications taking you out of your “zone” interrupting the workflow? There are simple solutions to this - silencing them or turning them off for good. Is your email keeping you away from important work? How about unsubscribing from the “noise”? How about silencing or turning off the notifications and locating the time when opening the email to deal with them? Setting boundaries helps you to keep yourself accountable. If you know that celebrity plastic surgery fail videos can keep you entertained for days, it might be smart to set a time limit. Once the time is over, you can move forward with important business tasks.
Tactic #3 - Work according to your productivity flow.
Nothing is more detrimental to your work performance than pushing yourself to do the tasks that require high energy during your “low energy” periods. Wasting your time on your low-energy tasks (like checking email) while you could literally take over the world with high vibration flowing through you is very poor time management. It’s not only wise to get to know our daily productivity flow but also use it to our best ability to work effortlessly. When you know which time slot in your days is the most productive one, it's not hard to fill that window with activities that require high energy and are of strategic importance to your business growth. All it takes is to look back at your past week and noticing how your work has aligned with your energy. Soon enough, you will start to see patterns that give you hints on when that productivity window is for you. The importance of following one's flow is the difference between struggling and thriving.
Time doesn’t have to be your enemy. It can be your best friend working in your favor. Knowing how to use it wisely, adapting the tasks to your rhythm, and managing distractions will help you be well on your way to high performance.
The sooner you start, the faster results you will see in your performance. And the best thing is that these tactics are free to implement at any time. This only means one thing – the time is now. Tomorrow has not yet come and yesterday is already in the past. Your clients, family, friends, and everyone around you deserve the best of you. And that's exactly what you're creating when increasing your work performance. Because how you do anything is how you do everything. Your work performance does affect other areas of your life. So I would like to encourage you to take charge, implement these tactics, and step into the new high-performance you!
Agnese Rudzate, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
Agnese Rudzate is a Business Productivity Coach and Time-management expert with a professional background in Quality Management and Empowerment Coaching. She has turned her lifelong passion for organizing into her mission, helping women gain the confidence, clarity, and time freedom they deserve by providing action steps, tools, and customized strategies. Agnese is a firm believer that anyone can achieve business or personal goals through a deeply focused effort based on her coaching. Through structure, systems, and processes that bring results, Agnese teaches her clients to manage their business with ease, create time freedom, and scale profits.