This is the post excerpt.
There is a dearth of research -based local content. We hope to add value in that niche.www.corpexecsearch.com
You cannot manage time; whatever you do, there will always be only 24 hours.
But, supposing you had to do an important task for the day. If you had to drag yourself out of bed just thinking about it, how much time do you think would you need to complete the dreaded work ? It is very possible you may not even get around to starting and instead procrastinate! But if you found the task stimulating and had a lot of excitement for it, wouldn’t you need much, much less time to finish it?
What we actually manage are our energies and not time.
Here are some tips I wish to share with you:
- Start with your physical energy. Don’t sleep with your phone. And stop binge-watching Netflix! I am not exaggerating; your Smartphone can destroy your life. Not only does binge-watching affect the quantity of my sleep; if I watch just 2 episodes of The Crown (or 4 of The Big Bang Theory) before sleeping, I keep waking up just after I have fallen asleep. And then I hate myself in the morning. I leave my phone downstairs now and I am sleeping like a teenager. Just having my phone around me keeps my mind awake. It makes me feel like I have to keep updated minute by minute about what is happening in the world.
- Exercise. Not only is it crucial for your health; the good people who are studying The Science of Happiness at the UC Berkely point to it as one of the factors that increases feelings of well-being. You do not need to go the gym. Get some routines from the internet, buy weights and then exercise while watching tv. Just do it.
- Help yourself to get motivated about parts of your job you do not like doing. You have heard the advice “ Find yourself a job you enjoy and you will never work a day in your life.” The reality is that for most of us, there will always be aspects of a job that are truly not enjoyable. Very few managers actually enjoy calling out dysfunctional behavior or “have time” to mentor members of the team who are falling behind. We might not want to do boring, administrative tasks that however are crucial for compliance or risk management. Develop the self-awareness to understand why you put off doing some tasks. Do you need to develop managerial courage? Do you need to strengthen the skills to talk to your people? Can you delegate some parts of administrative work so that you don’t need to do too much of it? Find a solution.
- Trick your mind into making difficult or large projects seem easy. If I were writing an article for instance, I might make a deal with myself to write everyday for just 15 minutes. And of course, what happens is that I will write more than 15 minutes . If I get into the flow, I might just finish the article. But you see, I started writing because 15 minutes sounded easy!
- Focus on the reward and not on the task. I will tell myself “ By 9:00, you have to be in bed to read your delicious new book , so you better finish writing that report.” What happens is that sometimes, I need to negotiate with myself “ Just 15 minutes more to finish my report and then I will go to bed!” It is silly, but tricking my mind works. Sometimes ,we just need to help ourselves break the inertia. I realize that we make the work too difficult or unpleasant in our minds , but we could actually enjoy it once we get started. Focusing on the reward after completing the task is another way to get you started.
- Do not make a “To Do “ list for the day and schedule your every hour. If you are doing this, you know why. The day will not happen as you planned it, specially if you are a manager. People will come to your room with issues to resolve; a client or your boss will email or call and you have to attend to something else other what you had planned. Instead, the productivity guru David Allen suggests doing two lists : 1) A list that you need to complete TODAY and 2) a list of Next Action Steps, things you need to complete within the week but are not as urgent and important as tasks that have a “today” deadline.
- Create your list of “Important but not Urgent” projects ( the leadership quadrant in Covey’s time management continuum). My friend Penny Bongato has inspired me with her post about putting up a Vision Board and I will try that this year. These plans are the biggies you need to break down into daily, weekly or monthly manageable activities so they do not seem overwhelming and remain a dream.
- Create a system so things do not fall into the cracks, specially if you are responsible for getting things done through other people. You can use the features in Outlook to monitor tasks that need to be completed. Or, if like me you feel more comfortable having a hard copy of things you need to oversee, have a notebook of “Things people owe me and I need to follow up.” Then, ask your assistant to remind people what they need to be submitting or completing and to track that everything has been accomplished.
- When you wake up in the morning, think of the things you are grateful for. It will give you tremendous energy for the day. The Science of Happiness team however suggests you do this only about 3 times a week. Doing such everyday apparently will make us desensitized to the good things in our lives.
- Pray and be aware of God’s amazing presence in your life. If you do not believe in God, just think about what a great gift life is. I told my 6 year old apo, Gab “You could have been a stone and yet , you are a smart, loveable little boy!” and his face lit up. I don’t think we could ever be inured to the miracle of life. Work gives us a chance to make this gift called life .
In a Roundtable Discussion sponsored by Corporate Executive Search Inc./IRC Philippines, senior executives talk about the universal need for purpose and significance.
Continue reading “How to Retain Filipino Executives “