Stella Banda - Jul 29, 2019

The importance of working at the speed of you

If you’ve ever watched Top Gear or The Grand Tour then you’ll be well versed in their arguments about speed. Or as Jeremy Clarkson would likely say “SPEEEEEEED”. Going faster, harder, quicker etc. doesn’t mean that you’ll finish faster or get where you’re going quicker.

As ‘Captain Slow’ would likely tell you. It’s not the fastest or the one with the most power that wins the race. Going at the speed of you is an important and understated thing. Your job isn’t a Spin Class after all.

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So enough of the tortoise, the hare and the car talk. Here are our top tips for going at the speed of the best, YOU!

Stop hating Mondays

Sure Monday is the beginning of your next five-day slog, but the reward of going through that is...the weekend again.  If your job allows, or you have time on your commute then write a wish list of what you want to achieve that week.

It's not just us that believe Mondays aren't as bad as they seem. We spotted this in LinkedIn's daily round-ups and it was too good not to share.

Idea of the Day: In order to have a more productive week, redefine the way you approach a Monday, advises J.T. O’Donnell, CEO at WorkITDaily.

“I realised early on in my career that I needed to reframe how I looked at Mondays if I wanted to be more productive and successful. Writing off the first day of the week was not going to get me where I wanted to go."

Expect and embrace change

No matter how well you plan your week, it will change. Things will get done that you didn’t have on the list and things on the list won’t get done. You can let it get to you or you can embrace it. You’ll feel better about it if nothing else.

"Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable." Denis Waitley

Avoid context switching 

You might feel like a multitasking hero, but do you really get anything done? Not everything needs to be done the moment you're asked. Not urgent, book a time in to focus on it later in the day. Likewise, if you know that something can not move forward before you get input from somebody else, then try prioritising emails to chase in the morning so you can work on them when you get a response later in the day, means you can focus on the tasks you can complete.

Statistics show that it takes an average of 25 minutes to resume a task after being interrupted.

You can always improve how you work, and that's okay

It's all too easy to see the work of the person next to you and wonder "why am i not doing it as well as they are?" Have you ever thought about asking them for tips and advice. Generally people like praise and to talk about themselves. But if not, there is always Google (or 'cough' Bing).

"We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve." 

Bill Gates 

Give yourself time to reflect

Going back to the previous point, It's all well and good wanting to be on the ball all of the time especially when it feels like your peers are overtaking you. But sometimes, giving yourself a bit of room or taking a break is the best step forward. If you're too close to something, you may not be able see the whole picture.  In fact, we think self reflection is so important, we dedicated an entire blog to the subject.

Celebrate your wins, no matter how small

However, celebrate appropriately. Buying yourself a bottle of champagne every time you clear your inbox may be a bit excessive. 

Last but not least...

Make sure that the tools you are using let you work at the speed of you!

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Written by Stella Banda