Note: This material has been extracted from The Effectiveness Guide.
Have you ever wondered how to get ahead at work? How to be the person who always gets the raise, gets promoted, gets selected for further training and key assignments? And, you’re not alone. Your peers are having the same thoughts.
I’ll bet you thought that all you had to do was to be the best at what you do. Unfortunately, this is only partially true. To progress in your career, you must be the best at what you do and be perceived by your employer as being a good Organizer.
How Do You Eliminate Your Distractions?
“One way to boost our will power and focus is to manage our distractions instead of letting them manage us.”
– Daniel Goleman
Distractions are by far the greatest enemy of Focus and Priority.
Distractions are anything that diverts your attention away from your Focus and Priorities.
Protect members from outside distractions. Get anxiously involved in what is happening and be goal focused on getting things done – completed. It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how many hours it takes. All that matters are what you get done – Finished.
From time to time, even your leader will be the one who assigns you a distraction (projects outside your Job Description). When this happens, and you can’t get out of it, make sure you inform your leader what will get delayed because of his distraction.
Take a moment to write down your most egregious time-sucking activities and anything else that could derail you from doing what matters most. Identify two of your distractions and eliminate them today.
These distractions may be tolerations. The tolerations addressed here are not about accepting others regardless of their gender, race, religion, etc.
Rather, these tolerations relate to the Bad or Unpleasant things you allow to exist, happen, or be done.
What are you tolerating and how much longer will you let this toleration continue? Now do the same thing with your team in your next meeting.
Don’t be offended if someone says, “We could get a lot more done if we didn’t have these stupid meeting every week.” Respect their opinion, even if you disagree. Now, ask, “Does anyone else feel that way? What can we do to make it better?” Then, listen, you might just learn something important.
Get your Fear and Pride out of your way.
Let their voice be heard.
Your greatest distractions will come from surprises caused by crisis management. So, how can you eliminate crisis management? Keep reading-this is why we created this guide.
I challenge you to share this information with others because the only way to truly own knowledge is to give it away – one of the great paradoxes in life.
Distractions Are the Enemy.
Hunt Them Down and Kill Them Before They Multiply.
In my next post, I’ll focus on how you can become a better Communicator. Stay tuned! In the meantime, if you need more help, learn more HERE.