Sunday, June 26, 2011
Finding Your Focus
Are you living the fast lane life these days? Some of my clients are feeling like their jobs (and their lives) are on speed, zooming out of control. The era of “doing more with less” is now the new normal, and everyone is going at 150 miles per hour.
They are feeling overbooked and overwhelmed, some even feeling like they are drowning. Some say they have just about given up on planning because every day is filled with interruptions, incidents and unplanned surprises. For others, stress is high, nerves are on edge, and tempers are rising. Some even say that their personal and family life is starting to suffer.
What’s the answer? There’s no quick fix. But in this chaotic environment, I tell my clients to take care. This kind of lifestyle can be hazardous to your health.
Here are a few thoughts that might help.
~ F for Focus: In the midst of chaos, it’s like you are in a storm. Distractions are flying all around you. How do you find a calm center in the storm, a place you can go where the din is not so loud? In that oasis, ask yourself, What is the most important thing for me to focus on?
~ A for Attention: Chaos can scatter your attention, shattering it across too many “to do’s” and priorities. Multi-tasking does not work. How do you pay attention to the things that matters most? Things like your own goals? Your family? Your health?
~ S for Slow: A few years ago, journalist Carl Honore published a book about the Slow Movement. In his TED Talk on the positives of slowness, he recommends “getting in touch with your inner tortoise.” How do you get out of the fast lane for awhile?
~ T for Think: In the storm of organizational chaos, the winds are strong. How can you think? You need to raise the unanswered questions, weigh the knowns, and consider your choices.
Although the organizational chaos may feel like you are driving the Indy speedway, a period of focused, attentive, slow-paced thought, centering on the One Thing of most value to You and to the organization, may be just the thing for discerning the pathway forward.
Posted by Terrence Seamon on Sunday June 26, 2011. For more ideas on managing chaos, focusing your effort, setting goals and managing time, contact Terry and invite him to speak to your group. Terry Seamon is a Learning & Organization Development consultant with Facilitation Solutions, a training and organization effectiveness practice based in New Jersey. He has designed and delivered training for his clients on leadership, coaching, engagement, managing, communication, customer service, conflict, stress, teamwork, and change, and has written extensively on these and many other topics. Invite Terry to your organization to speak with your teams. Call today and discover how Terry can help you achieve your goals: 732-246-3014.