07 Jan Get in the Zone: 5 Tips for Productivity in 2015
Studies show that top industry performers employ 10 times as many engaged workers to disengaged. But what makes them any different? These engaged individuals work more efficiently, work better with others, and are more loyal to the organization.
Let’s get 2015 off on the right foot with some knowledge about how to be productive. Here is the highlight of an insightful column by Dan Goleman, Ph.D. in The Brain and Emotional Intelligence.*
Good vs. Bad
One of the most impactful kick-starters for engagement is “good stress.” This is when performance shoots through the roof and productive work takes place. This happens when we are motivated through reaching a goal, rushing to meet a deadline with a team, and operating within our best set of skills.
However, when the demand of a task becomes too much for us to handle on our own, bad stress begins to mount. This transpires when we are overwhelmed with pressure, feel like we are left alone in the dark, or the classic “too much to do and not enough time to do it.” When you and your team begins to suffer from bad stress, the cost go far beyond poor performance. There are chemical problems that take place in your body when you sustain a level of bad stress that is too high. This can result in an imbalance in our immune and nervous system, trouble with clarity of thought, and restless sleep.
Get in the Zone
The Yerkes-Dodson arc provides an optimal performance zone for our brain’s professional functionality. This is a “state of neural harmony” that the contrasting areas of the brain begin to work together with the top amount of cognitive capacity. Here are a few ways to have great work flow and productivity in your office and within your team:
- Set yourself up for a win – adjust the demands on yourself to match your best skills.
- Grow ability to increase capacity – practice these relevant skills to increase the level of demand they can handle.
- Minimize distractions – attention is the best pathway to productivity. Increase focus and you will increase performance.
- Set indicators that help you recognize of when you are operating outside of your best performance zone – When this happens, redirect quickly by taking 5-10 mins for a coffee, a lap around the office, or a bathroom break.
- Use tools that help you stay organized and connected, increasing collaboration and relational moral with your colleagues.
We all want to operate at our peak performance. There is nothing more frustrating than having your mind go blank at a key moment, or getting in a great work vein only to be distracted by a meaningless notification on your computer. Real productivity exists when our minds work as they were designed. The better we perform in the corporate world, the more recognition we receive, the more money we make, the higher we climb up the ladder. Thinking clearly allows for quality communication, meaningful relationships, and a life free from “bad stress” and its negative effects.
From all of us here at Treeveo, we wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR! May it be filled with simple, efficient, and productive project execution.
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