Getting Back to Work

Here is the first in a series of Arizion Top Ten Tips:

  1. Be ruthless with your e-mails – unsubscribe to newsletters, blogs etc. that you normally just delete without reading. Check that there is a valid reason that you have been copied in to an e-mail. Deal with e-mails regularly to keep the volume manageable.
  2. Review your goals and objectives – re-visit them to ensure that they are still current and you are making good progress towards achieving them. Identify the support you need and from whom you need it to achieve them. Put a regular monitoring process in place.
  3. Start exercising regularly – build exercise into your daily routines. Walk to and/or home from work, cycle to and home from work, have a lunchtime jog or power walk. Exercise tends to stimulate the mind and the production of positive hormones as well as helping keep you healthy and fit to enable you to perform at your best.
  4. Plan thinking time into your day – very often our best ideas come to us when we have “switched off” from our daily tasks and routines. Take 10 minutes out of your day every day t to sit in a quiet space, and let your mind wander, allow your thoughts to go where they will. You will be surprised at the ideas that “pop” out!
  5. Listen to your team and colleagues – very often the people we work with have fantastic ideas however, it is easy to get caught up in being so busy that we forget to use this excellent resource. Listening actively takes practice, so start practicing today.
  6. Minimise the time you spend at meetings and maximise what you get out of them – think about why you are going to a meeting and what value you can add to it. Do you need to be there for the whole meeting (do you need to be there at all?) or could you join the meeting for the agenda points where you can add value? What preparation do you need to do before the meeting, -who do you need to speak to and what do you need to read?
  7. Say no more frequently and thoughtfully – to meetings – to interruptions – to requests for your time – to producing reports and to more if these activities are unlikely to add value to you and/or your business.
  8. Say yes more frequently and thoughtfully – to meetings – to interruptions – to requests for your time – to producing reports and more if the activities are likely to add value to you and/or your business.
  9. Have fun! “Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life”. There are many other clichés including “this is not a dress rehearsal”; “we only get one life – live it”. However, the reality is that they are also very true. Feeling good emotionally is medically proven to be good for your health. Laughter and joy release endorphins and serotonins into our bodies and these improve your immune system and well-being.
  10. Have an autumn clear out – on, in, and under your working space – go through all the surfaces, drawers, and lockers and underneath desks. Identify what you need in the near future (keep it close by); what you need to keep for further reference (file it); and what you do not need (bin it). Like you are with your e-mails – be ruthless, you will feel great at the end of the process!

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