With the holiday season upon us, I thought it would be beneficial to share with you, over the next week, a daily time management tip you can integrate immediately into your self management strategy that will help keep the chaos and overwhelm at bay, stay true to your priorities, get your work done and still have time to enjoy you life as well as the holiday season the way it is intended.
Here’s the sixth time management tip that will enable you to take charge of your day as well as take control over your life and career.
6. Get Off The Adrenaline Train
Many people today are hooked on a commonly abused, yet elusive drug whose widespread use seems to be flying under our radar. That drug of choice is adrenaline. The classic symptoms? Saying “Yes” when you mean “No.” Overcommiting or overbooking your schedule, then finding it difficult to deliver on deadlines or complete tasks. Procrastinating until the last moment. Believing you, “Work best under pressure.” Being easily distracted. Consider that an adrenaline addiction may be creating many of the problems, employee challenges and obstacles to a sale that you want to avoid. Tolerating stress, chaos, disorganization, poor planning, lackluster team performance or undesirable customers create situations that provide the adrenaline rush associated when working on overdrive. Like any drug, adrenaline has its rewards. On the surface, it may appear that this legal, seductive drug provides a burst of energy to get something done, tackle a project or meet a deadline. Being superhuman enables you to accomplish more than what a mere mortal is capable of producing. While used to handle a crisis, you don’t want the drug to control you and dominate your lifestyle. Aside from feeling drained, burnt out and exhausted, adrenaline lowers your productivity level and sets you up for failure. If you thrive on chaos, it’s difficult to maintain your focus, concentration, peace of mind or mental clarity. After all, if you’re a salesperson, a congested mind does not allow for the space to create the best solutions for your customers.