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MicroLearning Dialogue: Timeshifting

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This month’s MicroLearning Leadership Dialogue on TimeShifting is in response to a couple of emails very similar in tone. It is my guess they also represent your belief.

TimeshiftingSeptember: MicroLearning TimeShifting Dialogue

I don’t have control of my day. The company keeps piling more work on me.

It doesn’t matter how hard I work I never get ahead. Nothing I try lightens the stress. I don’t mean to be disparaging, but nothing I do works.

Don’t you concur with the comments from Mike and Jill—and you’re accurate!? American Psychological Association says 43 percent of workers cite workloads as the top contributor to stress in the workplace. There’s no getting around it; work calendars are more overloaded than ever before. The frightening news is that it isn’t going to get any better unless you do something about it!

Here are two TimeShifting ideas which will ease your daily workload. Read More→

MicroLearning Leadership Reflection – TimeShifting Isn’t Optional It Is Mandatory

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Several quick-hit TimeShifting action steps for Reflection and Implementation….

As we discussed in last week’s MicroLearning Leadership email, TimeShifting is an inside-out skill set. We’re all so diverse. What will help you improve your calendar in all likelihood may not work for me. So, in this email, I’m offering several quick-hit concepts to improve your TimeShifting habits—internal mental decisions.

Is Your “To-Do” List on Steroids?

We already discussed studies show merely by implementing a “to-do” list you are 25 percent more efficient. Sometimes “to-do” lists work against you, not for you.  Are you someone who believes you have a full day to devote to completing your tasks?  But that is a self-defeating perception because of the demands other people, or scheduled meetings, or constant interruptions make on you. Start by not setting yourself up for failure. Ask yourself and then, be honest: “How much time do I have each day to concentrate on my work?” Did you feel the “Aha?” Transform your “to-do” expectations based on reality.

How can you conquer the “Big, Ugly Monster” that Eats Your Time? Read More→

Interested in Learning About: An Alarming Gender Divide?

Interpretation: An Alarming Gender Divide?

An executive shared the difficulty she had getting buy-in from her male bosses. As part of her coaching, I suggested a check-in with a male mentor was in order.

She hesitated. It turns out she’d already discussed this topic with her boss, and his response was uninformative—not to mention downright disappointing.

Gender Divide“What was his advice?”

“He told me to ‘be prepared.’ That was it.” Then, she asserted in frustration, “Of course, I prepare!”

I asked, “What did the recommendation mean to her.” She translated “prepared” as: Read More→

MicroLearning Leadership: Timeshifting

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PDF Downloads: Proactive Calendaring | Interruptions Log | How Do I Spend My Time

TimeShifting

An Inside Out Approach

Most executives relate to time in a finite manner much as the hands of a clock ticking down one second, one minute, one hour, and one day. That view has you squeezed in a box of your making with not a lot of elbow room to achieve everything as efficiently and as effortlessly as possible. You’re far too magnificent than to labor inside a box!

Think about it. Haven’t you gone through periods in your day where you felt as though you stretched or shifted or even slowed time? What you felt at that moment is what I call TimeShifting.

Let’s investigate this facet of our humanness a bit so you can become adept at leaning into your power to experience TimeShifting at will.

Have you noticed as you’re doing something you love, it is as though three minutes have passed when in fact it has been hours? And then, when you look at your work product, you’re amazed by how much you accomplished? This out-of-the-box state of being is out focus.

The first TimeShifting secret of doing something you enjoy and increasing your work output is confirmed by Gallup research. It reveals the more employee’s work in their area of strength (what energizes them) they are six times more engaged, have higher performance ratings; and are more productive, successful, happier and healthier.

Wow! What a Return on Awareness. Merely by understanding how you tick, pardon the pun; you receive the payoff of more time on your calendar. Amazingly enough just learning your strengths immediately improves your productivity by 7.8 percentage according to Gallup.

The second TimeShifting secret may sound counterintuitive, but rushing and working harder often slows you down. Haven’t you felt yourself whirling around in your head, where your brain is saying: Do this next, no do this, no this has to be next? Your head feels as though it is spinning around like Linda Blair’s character in the Exorcist!

All that rushing and stressing has flipped you into your “flight-fight-or-freeze” primordial mentality. In this reaction mode, you bypass the cerebral cortex, the thinking section of your brain, so all that blood rushes to your extremities preparing to respond to your immediate life-and-death danger. You’re not facing life-threatening Sabertooth tigers in your work environment despite how you may feel. So, stop letting the primordial part of your brain rule.

There is incredible power in stillness. Take a deep breath. Say this mantra to yourself or better yet out loud if possible: I have more than enough time to accomplish everything required of me today. And just keep saying this until you move back into the reasoning part of your brain where it can partner with you to get the job done quickly, and successfully.

Timeshifting is about creating new thinking and new ways of relating to getting work done. Don’t be discouraged if everything you try doesn’t instantly flow smoothly for you. It takes a minimum of 30-days to develop a new habit. Keep at it. These two TimeShifting secrets will make a difference for you, your level of stress, the work you accomplish, and the outcomes you produce.

Women Confront Challenges in Business Men Never Face

Executive WomenSeventy four percent of corporations say gender diversity is its number one priority, yet minimal progress has been made in changing the leadership reality for women. As Joan C. Williams, professor of law at the University of California, Hastings College of Law, says: If we continue progressing at the same pace, it will take 250 years for men and women to achieve parity as CEOs. A study by McKinsey & Company and Lean In reports that only one third of the workforce believes gender diversity is a top issue for their direct manager.

Companies are beginning to realize their leadership development initiatives are missing the mark for women. Another factor holding women back is that many resist attending all-female leadership programs, arguing: “I’m competing with men as an equal. Why would I agree to separate myself?”  Read More→