A recurrent theme of my coaching this week (in fact, most weeks) is how to work efficiently. Many of my clients are go-getting employees or ambitious entrepreneurs and all are super busy. And often super stressed. And if I’m honest, not operating super efficiently or effectively (mainly because of this stress).
Instead, they’re firefighting, juggling, and dealing with whatever’s shouting the loudest. They’re being pulled in many different directions and feeling overwhelmed. And they’re starting to become frazzled and scattered (oh and I’ve been so guilty of this too – no saint here 😇!)
And sadly, the ramifications of this are huge:
⚡️ If we’re like this at work, we’re likely to be doing the same at home (or desperately self-medicating ourselves) and life’s losing its shine
⚡️ It’s a vicious stress cycle so just gets worse. The more stressed we get, the more we lose the ability to prioritise and to focus. Essentially we get less done in more time – and it can be the wrong stuff! And then we doubt ourselves and our abilities, piling on even more of the stress.
⚡️ This self doubt and stress can fuel imposter syndrome and perfectionism, so we don’t delegate or ask for help, and struggle to say say no (so the to-do list gets even longer)
⚡️ And finally – and to me, this is the biggie – being a “hamster on a wheel” means that we don’t get chance to look up and tune into the big picture. Super important for working efficiently but also important for ourselves. It means we get caught in operations, delivery and small tasks, and become the problem sorter. Whilst the confident, the calm and yes, sadly the unworthy arrogant take the credit and take their/your place (as the expert in your field; at the boardroom table; at the top of Google; at the next promotion).
If you’re struggling with this right now, here’s some super simple techniques to keep calm, keep focused, and keep working on what needs attention the most. And, don’t forget, this is really useful for personal life demands too.