December 27, 2011
Maybe, just maybe, you can. Here is a tip that might help you to do just that. Make a file of the “Stuff” you have to do. Include all of those things that are not “Close to the Money”. I like those colored file folders for this or even better one of those accordion folders with the fold over flap and string. Just chuck it all in there for now.
Deal with it away from your desk, phone, and computer. Go where you can’t be disturbed. A library or coffee shop can make this chore a break from the chaos of the daily office battle. When you are there, only work on the “Stuff” that is in the folder. I’ll bet that you get it done in 1/3 less time this way. You also gain more productive time when you are back in the office and you lose the start / stop of our interrupt driven world.
January 5, 2009
I’ll bet that you’ve had this experience MANY times: you attend a training session or a workshop (or send your staff) and you get all excited; Sooo many great ideas; you can’t wait to get back to the office; everything is going to be different. You are going to start doing things in new and better ways. Then, three weeks later what happened? Probably nothing!
Now, I know that lots of very smart, very hard working folks put together the training programs that we all enjoy – I’ve put on quite a few myself. But in my heart of hearts, I know that it isn’t likely to add up to much in the way of REAL / SUSTAINABLE change. Most trainers know this as well which is why so much of training is coming to be called “edu-tainment”.
There is a reason this happens. We always adapt to our environment. Since your current environment was designed by the “old you”, you will naturally adapt back to it and most of your insights and big ideas will fade into memory. In addition the pressures in the “real world” tend to mount up quickly and so you jump back into familiar behavior patterns.
The solution …… environmental design coaching that is all about supporting YOU. If your coach is there to help you make significant changes to your environment or to your behaviors in order to support the “inside” changes you made at the conference, lasting results become the natural outcome. It takes time, support and feedback to make behavioral changes.
If you are going to invest in training, then hire a coach to help you cement that positive changes that you wish to make.