Hello Young Professional,
Welcome to this week’s edition.
Lets take a walk through a journey of time and how its connected to our productivity as young professionals. You will agree with me that we undertake numerous tasks in a week which rarely translate to motivating success. We will also learn key words of the week, CRAFT that enables us create a positive self image. Lastly we have an ongoing registration of the STEP OUT – coaching and mentoring programme. Be sure to get a free taster.
Will be looking for your feedback, enjoy!
Young Professionals Do During the Week
Every professional is looking for ways of leveraging their hard earned skills with the available time at their disposal. There is always a constant rush within a week to beat deadlines, socialize and at the end of the week to review the outcome(s) achieved.
A highly productive day seems unrealistic, however it is something that can be achieved and indeed its not rocket science.
I want to share a personal story. As a young professional, I was always passionate, energetic and raring to go. I used to love meetings since they offered a platform to share ideas, design action and enlist support. But after sometime, I started dreading these meetings and always looked for excuses not to attend. This wasn’t helping as such and a solution had to be found and a fast solution for that. Therefore I quickly decided one day to explore ways I could harness my productivity.
The results were shocking and compelling at the same time. Let me share with you what you can do to have a productive week, always.
- Break Monday Blues – each Monday seems a day which everyone can avoid if there was a way to do just that. However have you ever asked yourself what will happen if Monday was still a weekend and Tuesday was the start day to work? You will have the same result; you will feel de-motivated, tired and any other negative feeling will take tool. I found the secret for a productive Monday or whatever day you start a new week depended on how well you rested. Personally I used to take a nap on a Sunday afternoon and Monday blues vanished! Monday blues is also an attitude disease which you can compel your mind to adjust.
- Visualise your day – step out of bed each day by seeing how your day will plan or work out, then take a deep breath and plunge into the day.
- Work in blocks – start you day by creating ‘a to do list’, then afterwards commit to work in blocks of minutes. You can start with 45minutes without distraction and build to what I would recommend, blocks of 90 minutes maximum. This will create a habit that will enable you perform faster in the pursuit of productivity.
- Use the Paletos principle – am sure you have heard of the 80/20 rule. Examine what it means to you. Identify tasks out of your to do list that give you 80% results and stick to that.
- Take breaks – in between running through and working through your tasks, ensure that you take breaks in between. This is for two purposes; one is to break monotony, secondly to relax the body and lastly to briefly evaluate your performance.
- Practice time integrity – personally time is an important asset to me and so should it be you. I get worked going for agreed meetings and the person I have gone to meet either shows up late with no apologies or doesn’t show up at all. Time = Integrity, therefore do not promise what you cant deliver and commit to your word
- Celebrate – finally celebrate, yourself, your work and your family! Why do you need to wait till Friday to celebrate? Reward yourself for each work accomplished.
CRAFT is the key word
“Creating a New Self-Image”
C-ancel (old, negative data)
R-eplace (it with new, positive data)
A-ffirm (your new image to yourself)
F-ocus (on an image of a successful you)
T-rain (yourself for lasting change)
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