January 22, 2018 at 4:25 pm
An important piece of advice
Hi, I thought I would ask you how you handle a less effective day? That is, if you know what needs to be done but your mind is somewhere else and nothing works. Do you have such days? Or do you always find a way to get the most out of your days and hours? I think you are so cool! /Anne Li
Of course there are days when my mind is somewhere else and it feels like my head is filled with cotton candy. But I have become aware of when that happens and then I try to get out of it – because that is not a state that I can afford to be in. Then I need to reload, my best advice is to run intervals. Or to go to bed early with the children. But if I am to give you one big piece of advice, something that I wish I had learned earlier is this: Days where you force things and where you do not have time to reflect, those are quite unnecessary days. It is easy to believe that you can move forward by switching on the autopilot and just “do it”. In speed, you absolutely move forward – If I go non-stop for twelve hours, I can attend all these meetings at the office. But if I can not reflect in the meantime, I am missing out on learning a lot along the road.
Today’s USA team here at the office! Top & Other Stories, pants 2nd Day.
The knowledge I get between and during my commitments is what makes me grow and become more sharp as an entrepreneur and leader. If I am too forced I do not take in everything that is happening and I miss all the knowledge and most of all all the nuances in everything. For example, if I am forced in a negotiation, I am thinking about the next meeting. If I am calmer, I can interpret body language and ask more questions in order to receive more information that I need in my argument. Above all, I have time to reflect and evaluate. This is a fairly new insight to me, it was about a year ago I realized this. After that, I have made more room in my calendar and allow myself more “free time” because I know that it is on that little sleep-in or short break in the middle of the day that I actually process all the impressions. And it is when my feelings and my inner compass become clearer, and I get the opportunity to create a strategy with a helicopter perspective. It is not going to work if you are in the midst of it.
To sum things up – Some days my mind is somewhere else, and that is a sign that I have not kept the balance in my everyday life. That is not sustainable. If I see to it that I get enough sleep, that I eat good food, that I exercise regularly and that I have some me-time/friend-time in my hectic schedule, then my days do not become as forced because they are balanced with something else. In the past, I thought that was a waste of work hours, today I know that I am better at my job when I have a pause here and there. Time for reflection strengthens my gut feeling and it is my most important tool. The gut feeling is also based on earlier decisions, and if you have made decisions without considering your gut, the gut feeling’s “truth” diminishes.
That is how I see it :- )