Get up offa that thing – Motivation #1
By Peta Wilkinson, CEO of Better is Best
Sluggish? Procrastinating? Avoiding? Rebelling? Bored? Overwhelmed? Tired? Distracted? Having an off day? Temporarily uninspired?
Having clear outcomes and timeframes are essential to knowing why you need to do what you do and when you must do them.
So, what if you have those, yet you still can’t be bothered?
Well, sometimes we need to turn stuff off in order to get up offa that thing.
Part 1 of this Better Leaders Motivation series deals with turning stuff off, Part 2 with turning stuff on and Part 3 with reminders.
1) NOTICE WHEN YOU LOOSE YOUR OMPF
Do you have a pattern when you lose your get up and go? A time of day, week, or year? A trigger? Are you overdue a break? Need some more sleep? Reflect on your potential triggers then make a plan work around these.
2) CHANGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Messy desk, cluttered environment, even screeds of emails sitting in our inbox can make us feel like we are outta control. Get a timer and de-clutter something in 9 minutes. Notice the difference and the energy you have during and after this super simple exercise.
3) ACKNOWLEDGE AVOIDENCE TIME V’s THE ACTIVITY TIME
Calculate the Avoidance Time and Activity Time i.e. the time you’ve spent mulling over or putting off what you need to do and the time it will actually take to complete it. Is it faster to complete than pontificate? In 99.99% of cases the answer is yes. Have you got that time to waste? Is doing nothing making or saving your business money?
4) VEX YOUR EXCUSES
If you are rebelling, what or whom are you rebelling against? Are your goals and these tasks not your own? If they aren’t, remove them from your lists and establish some that you want for your outcomes.
5) TURN OFF STIMULANTS
Are you hearing your LinkedIn, Tweets, Facebook and Email serenade you with pings? Turn them off (or simply turn the sound off) and physically move your mobile phone away from you. Develop a habit of checking your devices three times a day only. Distractions require 4 times more energy to refocus. You will be amazed by the time you save and how it impacts your energy and focus.
6) ONE OPTION ONLY
Tell yourself aloud “You can do (insert name of task) or nothing else”. When you do this the only option is to sit in a room quietly without any other stimulation or do your tasks. Simple and effective.
7) WRANGLE YOUR BRAIN
Take a pad of sticky notes and a timer. In 9 minutes write down the ‘To Do’s’ in your head on separate sticky notes. Once you’ve brain dumped, ask ‘will doing this (insert name of task) make or save me money” then re-arrange your notes under categories under Do, Plan, and Delegate. For those under Do, prioritize these in another 3 minutes and then do each sequentially.
What needs to be turned off before you get motivated? What are your tips?
Peta Wilkinson is the Principal Consultant at Better is Best, a boutique leadership consultancy who specialise in developing professionals to ‘be their best selves and get paid for it’. Delivering step-by-step tools, non-nonsense techniques, and tailored leadership coaching, we tie this up with a little bit of humour to ensure we get the absolute best from and for our clients.