Are you constantly feeling overwhelmed with the pressures of information overload? Does it feel like information is just stacking up in endless piles or are you energetic and highly focused and productive?
One of the most powerful questions one can ask oneself in the present moment is What is the best use of my time right now? You need to focus on what is important based on your values and purpose.
How effective are you at managing your mind to manage action?
Manage the Mind to Manage Action
Now, for the good news: You can train like an athlete to be faster, more responsive and more focused on your work. You can learn to think more creatively and effectively, with greater ease and control. You can minimize loose ends and open loops, leading to increased productivity with decreased effort.
That said, you cannot have more time. You cannot stop the deluge of incoming information. You cannot manage priorities; you can only have them.
The answer lies in managing your actions: what you do with your time, your information, and your mind, body and focus. You must decide how to allocate your limited resources. You must answer the question: How do I make appropriate choices regarding what to do at any given point in time?
We get stuck when we fail to define our next steps. The real problems are lack of a clear vision and an inability to define what a project truly entails, as well as its corresponding future action steps.
No Defined Steps
On its face, this problem is an obvious hurdle to progress. But most people have not adequately determined next actions in their commitments and projects. They leave key steps undecided and vague.
Most of us think the major issue is lack of time. In reality, we have not adequately defined our the scope and specific requirements of our projects.
Working with a seasoned executive coach trained in emotional intelligence and incorporating leadership assessments such as the Bar-On EQ-i and CPI 260 can help you become a less stressed and more purposeful and productive leader. You can become a leader who models emotional intelligence and self-management, and who inspires people to become happily engaged with the strategy and vision of the company.
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