The 3 Dangerous Trends Managers Face That Keep Them Feeling Frustrated with Unproductive, Unmotivated And Unreliable Team Members. #1
Waiting for the….
WRONG! There is never a ‘right’ anything. It’s neutral. It’s just procrastinating. It’s too much scheduling overload. Just start now. Don’t ‘wait till next year’ because it’s not January every month! Now, for some things this may be a good idea. I know I have just said completely the opposite, but bear with me. All will be revealed….
Take 5 minutes to make a list then AAA (Action – Assign –Abandon)
This trick can be used for work and home – things on your ‘to do’ list. It then becomes a to don’t list. I love it when my to don’t list becomes really big because it means my REAL to do list is stuff I really love.
Ok. So….’action’ items are those that are life giving. If items on your list are not life giving – don’t give them life. These are also some items that must be done without exception. They are usually also ones that if you do them some if not all other items on your list may become irrelevant or easier!
If they must be done, block out the time they need to have dedicated on them and also assign it, do you REALLY need to do this yourself, or can you recruit anyone to assist in getting this done? Who do you need to become to get these things done? Is there a way, if you are doing this on your own, that you can time protect as well? Cross out your calendar mark as Do Not Disturb. Turn your email and mobile off and get to work on them one at a time. Have someone time protect for you if possible.
Can you abandon any items that have been on your list for months and really don’t matter anymore? Or the ones that are not in line with your top values and goals?
The things on the list of yours you wrote as above, the assign or abandon ones. These ones can wait till next year, especially the abandon, because if they are still relevant and part of your goals or part of your values, then you can look at them again later and re prioritize if need be. Like your favourite shitty shirt you love but really want to donate it to charity yet you cant imagine life without it, or just in case you ever get into those thin pants ever… hmmmm. I’ll say this to you… imagine starting the New Year with fresh ideas and projects to work on, not left over’s from last year!
For other things like health, fitness, wellness, did you know that December is just like any other month. Yes, it happens to be the end of the year and the following month, January happens to be a brand new year but it’s the same as say March to April or June to July. Just one month following on from another month. Waiting ‘till the new year to see your Dentist, get your eyes checked, see your Massage therapist, Naturopath, Coach or Yoga Instructor, take that new class at the gym, even go to the gym, as it means you may be going backwards and we all know how hard it is once you stop to get back into it.
Continuing to look after yourself is important. It’s on our ‘ACTION’ list constantly and continuously and consistently as it is easy to give up or stop. But, as there are more temptations, places may close, your routine may be disrupted at times, but try as best you can to continue to look after yourself so when tomorrow comes, you will thank yourself for the choices you made today.
‘This time of year’ I say ANYTIME of year can be full of craziness, joy, sadness, festivities, events, deadlines, projects, dates, holidays, food, you name it. It’s always the best and the worst time of year. Any of the months are months to wind down and relax and enjoy of course and they should be the same as any other month.
Make the time to reflect on the year so far, or the month or the week or the day even. Write all the good things you have achieved and all the lessons you have learnt. Tidy up loose ends, reflect on your learning’s, wins and learning’s. And see if you reached your goals or not. What do you do if you don’t reach them? Apart from contacting me 😊?
Failing to plan Is planning to fail.
Goals, plans, ideas. Things you want to do this year, this month, this week, today. To do list, bucket list, whatever you want to call it, they are all the same – just different ways of describing what you want to get out of your time of your life. To know what you want next to look like and be in the now and reflect on the lessons learnt from the past. Ask yourself, how was your day/week/month/year? Was it everything you wanted it to be? Still have goals on your list that you didn’t complete and they are recycling each year? Maybe it’s time to abandon them.
When I coach my clients these are some of the very same questions I ask. I help people get clarity, get focused and get in massive action as being in motion creates momentum. And momentum is what we need to reach our goals and set ourselves up for a fantastic life. You won’t get this year back by the way so live it as your best year yet!
Many people don’t write lists, set plans, set goals and some have no idea what they want to do this year let alone with their lives. Why? Who knows. Maybe they have never thought about it. Not had a coach or found inspiration or been inspired. If this is you, perhaps start with reflection on last year, last month, last week or even start with yesterday, then look at your values. Do you know what your values are? This is another fantastic part of coaching with my clients. We find out all the things they value and get a top 10, 5 and 3. This is where it gets really interesting, to look into everything and see where they are living their lives to their top values and where they are not. Digging deep into learning about themselves and getting very clear and focused on what they want from their lives and how they want to live.
Then, we simply create a plan to achieve it! We actually set out a whole year in advance with the big rocks first, the little rocks, pebbles and finally the sand based on your values. Each month is laid out and planned with what’s important to you in order of importance. Imagine having a 12 month calendar already laid out before you at any time of the year.
I get it. There can be a lot of pressures. Believe me I know. I have had team members call in sick, simply not show up, not respond to emails or calls and some have even tried to take over my business while I was overseas trying to save my marriage – but that’s another story.
Whatever is ‘happening’ to us, it’s not all about us. We can not control everything and everyone nor their thoughts or feeling, or actions as mentioned above. And expectations can also lead to disappointment as well. So be prepared for it. I like to think, this just makes me more resourceful and resilient. Like I said before, having an injury on my dominant hand isn’t helping me, but it is making me think outside the box and getting creative with what I can do! Focus on what you can do, take action, who knows what can happen. We cant predict the future so why not stopping the focus on our limitations. As we are our only limitation.
Just be your best in whatever situation you find yourself in. Imagine you can fast forward and watch yourself back on the screen. Were you your best at that moment? It may be be your VERY best. But, at the time, was it your best?
When something or someone isn’t going your way, how can you turn it around to, at the very least, learn from it and create a positive from a potentially only negative? It can be pretty stressful any time of year -let’s face it. But, this is NOT the time to let everything go! Believe me I have done it before and when I looked back I regretted the choices I made and was more stressed out that I should have been. And that, in fact was my ‘fault’.
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