Time management tips can help save time and reduce stress when you’re juggling different kinds of tasks. Ready for your day? Here come the surprises, the conflicts, and people problems, all fighting for your attention alongside the logistical tasks. Then you get the emergency call from home.
Maybe you grit your teeth as you awkwardly shift your focus back and forth. Meanwhile, the clock’s ticking and your reserves are running dry. Even when you manage it, juggling dramatically different kinds of tasks can take quite a toll on you. How does each new demand pull down your productivity? How does it affect your relationships? Would you like some support as challenges proliferate?
Developing flexible focus will build capacity and reduce stress at the same time.
Flexible focus is deep, quiet work to call on selective strengths when you need them the most. Put simply, you:
Externalize the tasks.
For the complex logistical tasks, you create a simple but thorough framework of lists and templates. Flexible Focus requires that you periodically step close to examine details, then step back to survey the big picture. Then, as you record your new insights and discoveries, you’ll develop effective new systems for yourself, like checklists.
Internalize the power.
When you are confronted with emotional demands, you cultivate dynamic inner balance. You also practice letting go of what is no longer necessary. The more you remain attuned to your core needs, the more you rely upon your intuition and powers of observation. You trust yourself to develop a reliable overview. Ultimately, self-reliance and self-care are keys to relating well in a changing landscape.
These skills are simplifiers and they can be lifesavers, too.
Here are several examples of classic situations that require Flexible Focus. Do you face any of these challenges now? Or, do any of these bring to mind other times when you have been stretched too thin?
Flexible Focus is Perfect for:
- Collaborating closely with a colleague with a different work style.
- Training new employees.
- Balancing work and home demands.
- Starting a new job.
- Introducing/Integrating new people or projects into busy schedules.
Which of these stand out for you? Write down your hot-button issues. Remember, things become so much more manageable when you transfer them from your head to a page! Then, as mentioned:
- Externalize the tasks: Brainstorm a list of systems you can develop to keep things running smoothly, and:
- Internalize the power: Go within to create a heart-based approach to the personal challenges.
You start to benefit as soon as you identify the situations that call for flexible focus. Developing the skill of shifting between logical analysis and intuition enhances your resilience. You’ll find it easier to be patient with yourself and with others, too. Creating these strengths sends positive ripples throughout your day.
So, how will you build flexible focus into your day today?© Copyright 2011 Paula Eder, Ph.D.