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Showing posts with label focus. Show all posts

Nov 27, 2015

Do you hear that sucking sound?
Do you hear it?

That's the sound of a project vacuum, and you might be in one now!

When a project starts, everyone's pumped and ready to change the world. The kickoff meeting is epic. Everybody has a job to do. The future looks bright and airy.

Until, some months later, it isn't.

Aug 29, 2015

Is Your Office DOPE?
A lot of us are in the office every day. The office is where the "work" is, and it's also where the people are. So, you'll probably be dealing with a lot of people in the course of completing your work. This is unavoidable.

But, when was the last time you were able to do something entirely on your own, without the need to reach out to one or more colleagues to get the job done? Wouldn't that be nice?

Oct 5, 2014

The Project Whisperer: Every Team Needs One

If projects were easy, we wouldn't need to hire professionals to get them done. This is common sense, and it underscores why our work is supposed to be hard, and why we hone our skills and abilities when we face difficult challenges in our work, and win those challenges.

But, are there occasions when people and personalities might get in the way of a successful outcome? I have seen this happen many times over the years, and it is why every effective team needs a project whisperer.

Sep 21, 2014

This Common Problem Confuses Most Introverts At Work

"I need it yesterday."

Have you ever heard this sentence spoken at the office? I have, too many times. Every time I used to hear it, I started to feel guilty that I disappointed yet another person because I couldn't meet their expectations. After all, if I was serious about keeping my job, I should have known about that thing they wanted yesterday, before they asked for it today, right?

Aug 17, 2014

How To Be A Creative Introvert At Work

Do you consider your day-to-day job an outlet for creative expression? If you do not, it may surprise you that many people actually do.  Because of this, they find themselves in careers such as information technology or graphic design, where it is virtually impossible to have a steady job description. Furthermore, many people actually prefer to work this way, and would dread the thought of going to the office and doing exactly the same thing every day.

Aug 2, 2014

How to Put An End to Your Multitasking

Martini Glass with file folders - Multitasking - Drunk With Distractions
If there is one element of our modern society that I wish we could eliminate, or at least tone down, it is our propensity towards embracing "multitasking" as a source of productivity. Where did the multitasking movement come from, and why has it been accepted as a cure-all for getting our work done, when us introverts know so well that it isn't a sustainable way for us to lead our professional lives?

May 30, 2014

Become a Professional Worrier

What are we so worried about, or perhaps more importantly, why do we worry?

When something is "on our mind", as introverts we tend to experience a heightened level of intimacy with our thoughts, and we can sometimes have difficulty letting go of the more negative ones, so instead we allow ourselves to worry about them in a never ending loop, for hours or even days. Is this a healthy thing to do?  Without hesitation, the answer is a resounding no.

On the bright side, however, worrying can be a productivity tool in our work, if we are able to manage it and take care its side effects, so that we are not overwhelmed by it entirely.  So, how exactly can we harness this strange emotion and turn it into a powerful force in our own lives?

May 27, 2014

Deconstructing Your Distractions

Distracted person
As introverts and as creative people, it is probably fair to say that our personality traits will sometimes come into conflict with our ability to see a project through to completion. Because we also realize how much we are affected by the everyday activities that happen around us, part of our "secret sauce" to prolonged periods of creativity is our ability to reduce, not increase, the amount of stimulation that we expose ourselves to.

Ironically, I have often found that it is my own environment that distracts me the most, and that some of my best creative work has been accomplished by deliberately leaving my creative den, and removing those unneeded tools and gadgets that motivate me to break my concentration. So, what are these tools of distraction? Some of the answers might surprise you.