Have you ever thought, on weekend, we do more work than what we do during normal workday at office? Similarly during outings, we remain outdoors for longer period of time, engage in too many activities, still we feel enthusiastic and wish to continue despite all odds. But weekends come only at the end of a week and over 70% of the days we live will be weekdays. So why not try to enjoy them? I might be asking for something you are already up to, but there has to be way out to do it meaningfully.
The world is changing rapidly around us. We confront new technology, changing economy, and globalization presenting different world and “world of work” everyday, giving very less time to adapt. You wake up every morning and realize it is not the same world you knew yesterday.
What was the standard operating procedure yesterday is no longer a standard today. Today, you are expected to respond to the change quicker, adapt faster and be smarter than yesterday. As a result we start trying hard to keep pace with ever changing world of work and workplace.
We start trying to catch all that is thrown to us. We accommodate more and find ourselves caught into death grip of multiple priorities. Our to-do list starts flooding with non-essentials resulting in quality of work going down and stress and anxiety shooting up.
So, by now, obvious question you may have is “How is it like to be working like master?” No one is exempt from work. We all have to do some kind of work in this world. Since this is inevitable, what we can do is to do it in a way that gives us satisfaction instead of a feeling of bondage and restriction. A few changes in our working style and thought process could bring significant difference in the way we perceive our work hereafter.
1. Take control of your day
If you do not plan your day other will plan it for you on which you will have no control.
2. Stay away from “have it all and do it all syndrome”:
You can do anything but you cannot do everything. Do not overwhelm your to do list. Keep only vital few tasks and remove non-essential tasks.
3. Learn to say NO
In whatever way you have planned your day, you may always get into a situation where you will find tasks making way into your already planned to do list. Say no to things that stop you from attaining your goal. Do not succumb to social and professional pressure.
4. Start transitioning from multitasking to unitasking
Take first thing first. If you divide your focus on multiple things you may prevent yourself from making your highest level of contribution to a given task. By eliminate any distraction and putting your full attention to single task, you will be able to add more value and accomplish task with efficiency.
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” -Stephen Covey
5. Practice emotional detachment
Control your worries and anxiety; Change your perspective towards situation you are in; Take work as work. Nothing is perfect and no one is perfect, consider this. Take each work as an action and every action that you do is bound to produce result in the form of Good and bad. Since no action is perfect and pure in its true sense, expecting perfect results is not a realistic goal. Once you realize this, it is likely that you feel better about accepting some bad with the good. Therefore you would not get overwhelmed by the good results and miserable with bad results. Try to be even minded in all situation good or bad. Assume role of an observer towards work by being in the moment and just do it.
6. Let go
You cannot eat the cake and have it too. Life is full of trade off. You will always be presented with tasks, work opportunities, project, assignments that you would find equally challenging and important. The goal of life is to follow a disciplined and systematic approach in choosing what is most important and essential for you to achieve your ultimate goal. So choose the essentials and let trivial go of the list.
7. Practice mindfulness
Try to be in the moment without getting judgmental about good or bad in it. No matter where you are, whether you are working in the office, with your family having dinner or driving on the road, just be with the flow, pay attention to what is going on, learn to observe without getting attached to it. Remember, mindfulness can be done only by uni-tasking- doing one thing at a time and being in that moment ( see #4)