Have you ever struggled with being focused and effective at work? Sometimes it can be useful to be more intentional or purposeful. Caroline Webb, in her book How to Have a Good Day: Think Bigger, Feel Better and Transform Your Life, has a tactic that might be of help. She proposes that we intentionally adjust the filters we all use to see our environment with. In order to do this she suggests that we look at our day from different perspectives
- Aim – Before the day starts, think clearly about what exactly you want to accomplish. What is the main outcome you would like to see? Try to think in terms of positive goals; things you would like to accomplish rather that negative goals; things you’d like to avoid.
- Attitude – Take a mental check of your attitude; your attitude about work in general, about that bothersome co-worker, about that difficult customer or about the task you really would rather not do. Now, how can you change your attitude to be at least a little more positive?
- Assumptions – What negative assumptions are you carrying with you? Are they perhaps contributing toward confirmation bias? In other words, are you assumptions so strong that regardless of what positive evidence you are presented, you will continue to have a negative view of the situation?
- Attention – Be aware of what you will focus your attention on. We often see what we are looking for. Is what you are looking for in line with your aims? If not, shouldn’t it be?
This little exercise before the work day can help you to be more focused, intentional and effective. And, it is simple to use so that you can apply it , not only to your entire workday, but also before meetings or other interactions.
Give it a try, and let me know what you think :-).