Whether you work for a large organization, a small firm or as a self-employed meeting professional, you will undoubtedly encounter irritations, frustrations and annoyances throughout the workweek. Everyone does. Psychologically, the combination of issues can loom larger than than any single issue. And a daily irritation unchecked could have an accumulating impact on your peace of mind and your sense of equanimity. Your focus and energy are probably the next casualties.
If you can address three small annoyances early in the workday, you’re able to clear away “space” to be at your best more often. An example: something as minor as opening or closing a window based on what is going on outside.
Why handle three annoyances? Why not six, eight or more? Why not all of them? Three is a manageable number. Three lets you to gain a sense of accomplishment, however small, and still have most of your day available to devote to what is truly important.
Another thought. If you focus on resolving all workplace annoyances, you dissipate your vital energy for other tasks. And you run the risk of actively seeking out small, unimportant tasks in lieu of the bigger, more important ones. That’s not a path you want to take.
Something as minor as opening or closing a window, based on what’s occurring outside, can make a vital difference in your ability to concentrate on large tasks.
Handle what’s lingered too long
A less obvious challenge is handling issues that’ve been pestering you for some time, regardless of whether they’re your primary responsibility.
If you work in a group office and have shelves with key resources that have fallen into disarray, spending a few minutes to organize can do wonders for your psyche. It’s not a large task, and having shelves in disarray doesn’t physically block your ability to start a key project. Still, as we all experience periodically, achieving something in one small area helps give us more focus, energy and direction for what’s next. This isn’t procrastination. Mental clearings can and do occur when minor annoyances are put to rest.
Again and again
When you take care of three annoyances in the course of a day and, for the balance of the day achieve consistent productivity, you help build an environment in which you can be productive again and again on subsequent days. One day you take care of three small annoyances. The next, you take care of another three, and so on.
The cumulative effect of putting small issues to bed, then confronting larger ones head-on, can change your whole attitude about where you work, how you perform and the job itself.
Here’s your chance to voice your irritations about work. What bugs you? How do you solve the problem? Do you let it fester? Please leave your comments in the section below.