Let's give our brain a proper workout. No lifting weights or running but an exercise that boosts our proactive and creative mind. Very often, creativity is an undervalued part of business. To tackle situations and problems with a creative mind is the difference between doing things by-the-book or to move above and beyond, to create a new vantage point to build upon. The opposite is a very safe way of doing things, attaining results that are equal to expectations. Unexciting but proven to reach adequate results.
Let's be honest, 'adequate' is a terrible word. People who read my blog are not aiming to be adequate.
FOMO, what's that?
FOMO stand for Fear Of Missing Out. It's becoming increasingly more known due to social media uprising. Wikipedia tells us the following:
FoMO is "a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent". This social angst is characterized by "a desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing". FoMO is also defined as a fear of regret, which may lead to a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity for social interaction, a novel experience, profitable investment or other satisfying events.
We paint a picture of someone sitting at home, being afraid they might miss out on some kind of party or social gettogether. While this is true, it also applies to our modern day workplace.
How you say? Hang tight.
Let's do a little experiment.
Fold your arms.
Now look down.
Notice how one arm is over the other. Which arm is on top? Now change it around, placing the other arm on top. Keep it there for a moment.
Feels awkward doesn't it?
This feeling you are experiencing is called cognitive dissonance. Basically: A feeling of awkwardness because your mind is slightly disconnected from your body. Your mind does not like this feeling, that's why you have the urge to return to your status quo: Changing your arms the other way around. This is a great example of the mind forcing the body to involuntary doing something.
There a lot's of other examples, let's go through a handful:
I believe I caught your attention!
No, you will not find any naughty pictures here, but if you are interested about how meetings should be more like mini-skirts, stay tuned! A couple of days ago I was listening to a Ted talk about communication and this quote came along. Obviously it caught my attention, boys will be boys and all. The presenter continued: "Meetings should be like mini-skirts, long enough to cover the subject and short enough to grab my attention."
I was sold.
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Imagine this: You have a personal fuck budget made out of all the fucks you can give in a day. Giving attention to something costs a fuck. Big decisions cost more than the little ones but the minimum is ꟻ 1 per decision.
(Yes, ꟻ is the currency symbol for fucks)
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Busyness is someone who always works overtime. Someone who always has lunch at their desk and skips breaks. Someone who is constantly multitasking thinking being busy equals being important.
Busyness is killing productivity.
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I used to know a guy who was known for being very ambitious. Let's call him Jim. Whenever Jim had the chance, he would let you know he wanted to become a manager. Jim was a smart guy, and I strongly believe that he had the potential to get the job. There was just one problem: The only way you could know Jim was that ambitious is because he said so. When the oppertunity came for someone to step up into the manager role, Jim was not chosen. Jim became disenchanted and eventually lost his ambition entirely.
What went wrong?
Jim did not start with the end in mind. In other words: He did not Reverse Engineer his career.
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If you are being overrun by loads of productivity tips, blogs and video's, I can't blame you. The internet is filled with in-depth research about gaining a couple of minutes a day. But let's be honest: Who has time to dive into those?
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I challenge you to read this blog without being distracted.
If you are one of the many people who think managing your time well means that you are a multitasking-mastermind, you are dead-wrong. Handling e-mail while grabbing coffee while talking to your boss is a sure way to becoming stressed, deleting the wrong e-mail or worse... hitting the cappucino button instead of the espresso button.
I guess I will have to tell you what the truth is sooner or later, so here it goes:
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We all know the feeling of leaving the office late at night thinking to ourselves: What important stuff did I get done today? Much too often we don't really have a clear answer. We had a couple of meetings where we talked about ongoing projects and typed a lot of emails about day-to-day stuff, but none of the issues that really matter were crossed off our to-do list.
Does that sound familiar? Office work is mostly the same wherever you go, so I bet it does. Wether you work in finance, marketing or banking these things happen everywhere and they stop you from being productive.