Productivity is ultimately a mindset. You can accomplish a lot by learning various tricks and methods but never really get there. And mind you, there is no shortcut to a mindset. You have to take the time off to really assess what you are doing and why. After you know why you need to do something it’s a lot easier to separate your actions to ones that can make a difference and ones that don’t.
When you’re buried under enormous stress and high workload it might be impossible to see what is important. That is the perfect time to take a step back and assess what you’re doing or you won’t get out of that mess.
Think of it as being lost in the wilderness. Remember the good old acronym STOP? Whether you’re lost in the wilderness or in the office it might just save your day (or life, depending).
Stop – Stop doing whatever it is you’re doing for a moment and calm down.
Think – Think what needs to be done first and what things are really important to get done today.
Observe – Can you see the big picture? Ask for guidance from the outside, what do your colleagues do to handle it?
Plan – Make a game plan to get yourself out of this mess.
When you’re out of the deep waters take a moment to reflect back. What got you into this mess and how can you prevent it from happening again?
Is there a mess you’ve successfully pulled yourself out of? How did you do it?
Paul Rauno Merisalu October 12th, 2012