GOOD TO GREAT
BEING TIRED: PRODUCTIVITY’S #1 ENEMY
Take the time to implement strategies for avoiding burnout
YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THE WITTICISM, “I
CAN’T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME I WASN’T
AT LEAST KIND OF TIRED.” GOOGLING THE
WORD “TIRED,” I UNCOVERED A GREAT
AMOUNT OF DIALOG ON VARIOUS SITES,
INCLUDING THIS INTERESTING NOTE:
“[I don’t have that] ‘I didn’t sleep well last
night’ type of tired, or the ‘I’ve been so worried’
type of tired, but more of the ‘when can I have
my life back’ type of tired.”
A popular theme—especially given the
amount of effort we, as real estate professionals,
are required to put forth—resulting from the
continued difficulties in the marketplace and
needing to do more with less.
100 mph and crossing things off your to-do list
every few minutes. For many, appearing exceptionally busy seems to be a badge of honor. To
the contrary, however, busyness can signify just
the reverse: Ineffectiveness. Slow down work on
important matters to speed up effective results.
Eliminate to alleviate! Eliminate, delegate and
streamline tasks to increase productivity. Do
away with work that generates a low ROI, delegate work to develop employees, and streamline
policies and procedures. That requires freeing
yourself from the binds of perfectionism.
The state of being tired can be broadly
categorized into mind- or body-tired. Both types
may be present, but either can be problematic.
Solutions take conscious effort and discipline to
implement, but are mandatory to gain energy
and be more productive.
Turn it off. For all its benefits (and fun!), technology provides access to far more information
than can ever be absorbed. Overloading on
information and contact appears honorable—a
thirst to learn and wanting to stay connected—
nevertheless, it can be overwhelming and prevent time spent on significant projects.
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AUTHOR OF THE
Think, don’t do. “Don’t just stand there, do
something!” is a common call to action and
proof of our impatience. While action is an
excellent habit, sometimes “Don’t just do something, think about it” is the best approach.
Quiet and focus your mind. Mental multitask-ing creates an overload and dilutes results. It can
be difficult to calm the mind and focus on one
task at a time; however, do so when the task has
high importance, requires advanced skills or is
in any way improved with single-mindedness
(e.g., speed of completion).
Utilize dial-up time. Savor those choice
moments when your time isn’t as tight as Justin
Bieber’s press schedule; I call those opportunities dial-up time. Under-program your days so
you’re able to work without pressure, which
allows time for thought and reflection.
Slow down to speed up. Don’t feel you’re not
being productive because you’re not moving
Sleep. We hear in the news that today’s prevalent social malady is not getting enough sleep
and results in hazards to the mind and body.
Heed all the information available on the topic
of sleeping well; check out www.sleepassocia-
tion.org for expert advice.
Now, please forgive me, I’ll consider this further when I’m not in that “I don’t feel like thinking” type of tired! n