WORK EFFECTIVELY IN AN INSPIRING
by: Wendy Hearn
Are there times when you know you could be more effective and productive? Do
you want to feel more excited, enthusiastic and inspired? Your environment
plays a big part in this and discovering an inspiring environment is a
worthwhile investment in yourself and the people you work with.
Different people are inspired by different things. Music, colours, feelings,
people, peace and quiet and your whole environment influence your
inspiration. When you feel inspired your commitment will be higher and
you'll get more done in less time. Imagine working in a place where you can
give your absolute best.
If time is being wasted by procrastination, distractions around you or your
mind drifting away and you know that you could be more effective in what
you're achieving, take a look at what you need to change.
For me, there were times I've worked very effectively. If I was writing it
flowed naturally but at other times it was a struggle. I felt frustrated by
this and realised that this happened partly because I felt isolated, working
on my own and staring at the 4 walls of my office. I needed to be in an
environment that was conducive to writing and working
effectively and not always on my own. I made a number of changes to my
office and included music. This helped quite a bit but my intuition said,
"go to a coffee shop". I resisted this intuition for a while because of
fear. Fear that I wouldn't be working hard enough because, surrounded as I
was by the work hard ethic, the pressure to conform was strong. I felt I had
too much to do to leave my office and enjoying sitting in a coffee shop
didn't seem to fit with running a business.
However, I needed to trust my intuition and if I was going to be that
person, going to the coffee shop was the next step forward. It took me a
while before I finally trusted myself and I found a great little coffee shop
in a bookshop. Perfect! There was a buzz around me of people who were
relaxed and chatting. It's fairly peaceful and yet there are things going
on. I don't feel isolated and on my own. Sinking back into a
big soft chair feels luxurious and relaxing. I've found that when I'm
relaxed I work best. My commitment to writing is so much higher, I get
ideas out of my head and onto paper with amazing results. It feels more fun
for me and there's definitely an element of rebellion in not conforming to
the usual image of running a business from an office, under intense
pressure, dressed professionally, when I'm sitting there in jeans and a
t-shirt. Working can be fun and free of struggle.
What environment do you and the people you work with need to work at an
optimum level? Take the lead and discover what is needed. Be outrageous with
your ideas; don't just choose the most obvious ones. Harness your power of
choice and demonstrate that it's possible to work in an inspiring,
Start by identifying what happens when inspiration and effectiveness are
low. Listen for ideas and clues from yourself and the people you work with.
Is your working area too cluttered, too noisy, too quiet, too distractive?
Consider what you need instead. Would time away from the office help, some
soft relaxing chairs, or what? To be inspired requires
that you shift who you are being as a person. What shift do you personally
need to make?
Personal and Professional Coach
She works with business owners, professionals and executives to
discover and unlock their own inspiration, to effortlessly take the actions
required to have the success they desire.
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