On the quest to find time for brain space at work, I have been ridiculously focused on prioritization. And, practice makes perfect….or at least makes things better. There is no easy way to become great at this overnight, but I am commited to continuously improving my skills.
The attempt this week is visualization. As a former gymnast, one of the techniques that I would use prior to competing in a meet, literally right before I would be up for my routine, was visualization. This is a simple step…closing my eyes, and picturing myself completing the perfect routine. As a teenager, I thought this was a stupid task. My coaches would insist on it, and half the time, I would close my eyes and start thinking about what I was going to do the next Saturday night. Now, looking back on this training activity, it was a brilliant way to calm my mind and to focus on the outcome that I wanted to achieve. Maybe if I would have realized this then, my gymnastics career woudn’t have been so average! Nevermind on that, most of the average came from my athletic capability…nothing a visualization could change.
So, over the last week or so, I have been visualizing the things that I will dedicate my time and brain space to on my way to work. A simple five minutes of quiet time in my car (don’t worry, no eyes closed), provides me a window to visualize what I want to accomplish with my day. I find myself sorting through priorities, thinking about the problems I am trying to solve, and focusing on what I want to accomplish. So far so good as I feel not only more relaxed as I head into the day, but also more focused on the tasks at hand, and willing to focus my calendar time towards the most important things for the day.
Is it sustainable? We shall see. Let’s hope it works better than it did for my gymnastics career.