[vc_row][vc_column][trx_quote cite=”#” title=”Mandy Green”]Ultimately I want you to be able to plan your days and your weeks to maximize productivity and help you get the most important things done.[/trx_quote][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Getting “In the Zone” at the Office!
Ultimately I want you to be able to plan your days and your weeks to maximize productivity and help you get the most important things done. Your weekly and daily plan will serve as a guide or map to help you navigate through while in the office and make the best use of your time based on your top priorities.
I am going to give you some background concepts so you can see the principles behind this planning method.
When do you do your best work?
Think for a minute about when you felt you were very productive and you got your best work done. I bet that you felt fully focused, fully engaged by your work.
Guess what? This is not an accident!
Psychologist Mihaly Csikzenthmihalyi, who has done a lot of research in this area, coined the term flow to describe this highly productive mental state when we become completely focused, engaged and absorbed by our work.
This state is very similar to the “zone” that many professional athletes talk about when they are performing at our best.
Imagine what it would be like if you could enter this state much more frequently than you do now? Do you think you would be more productive? Would you get a lot more stuff done?
There are certain conditions that make it much more likely that you’ll enter into this flow state.
The reason why I’m bringing this up is that if you can create and align these conditions on a regular basis, you can end up with some very productive periods throughout the day.
The problem is that it’s rare for these conditions to happen accidentally as part of your average day. In fact, it’s much more likely that these conditions are NOT going to happen, UNLESS you take active steps to make them happen.
That’s why it is important to intentionally design your ideal day, to make a conscious decision to create the conditions that will naturally lead you to have a very productive day.
Perhaps the very best question that you can memorize and repeat, over and over, is, “what is the most valuable use of my time right now?” What are the most important tasks you have to complete to make the greatest contribution to your program? These questions will do more to keep you on track, hour by hour, than any other single question in the list of time management strategies. Every hour of every day, you can ask yourself this question and there will be a specific answer. Your job is to be clear about the answer and then to start and work on this task before anything else.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]