On a scale of 1-10 (10 being absolute), what score would you give the effects your programming has on your daily life? You might say 6, 7, or 8, right? Try again–it might have more than you realize.
When it comes to productivity and being a great leader, your programming is essential to the outcome of any and all of your decisions–even a minuscule decision such as sending an email to a co-worker. The truth is, we can’t always be on top of our game, and our faculties won’t always serve us well when new and exciting tasks become reactive habits, but there are a few things you can do to be proactive when mental ruts begin to form.
In her article “The 5-Minute Mental exercise for Being a Smart Leader and More Productive Employee”, Lydia Dishman explains how author Christine Comaford believes humans can all improve their work habits by operating from the prefrontal cortext of our brain (or the place where we can “solve problems, think in the abstract, grow, and change).” She argues that if we use this portion of our brain, we can learn to manage our energy. To read more on her thoughts, click here.
Although managing your energy between your daily tasks may be one way to improve your effectiveness as a team member, leader, and worker, there are other things you can do as well to influence your programming. Some of these include:
-Rearrange your office. When you look at the same things the same way every day, your creativity stagnates.
-Try to do a process backwards. We’re not recommending this to a great extent, but the idea is when you try to do something backwards, you realize how important the primary steps are to the final.
-Get PUMPED UP! If you need some momentum juice to find creativity, make a list of songs that make you want to move, put them on shuffle, and play!
-Put a drawing board in your office. Draw on it and allow your coworkers to draw on it so everyone can benefit from visual aesthetics. Plus, when you draw, you practice transferring thought into action.
What else have you found that will counter negative programming? Share them with your teams and with us!
Here’s to earning what you’re worth!
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