Staying Focused on What’s Important

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Charles Hummel published a booklet in the 1960’s, called Tyranny of the Urgent, and it became a business classic. In his book, he suggests the idea that there is regular tension between those things that are urgent and the things that are important. And most often, the urgent wins.

Making the best of time management is something most of us are always desiring to achieve. And yet, what often may look like an opportunity can actually be a distraction of the urgent.

Daily we experience so many demands; those we place on ourselves, those of our job, as well as the demands others place on us. There are the want to, need to, have to and of course the unexpected demands. The unexpected can be viewed as interruptions or as opportunities. So we must first decide what is most important not what seems most urgent.

Existing clients, as well as time sensitive tasks, should most often be placed in front of new prospective business.  Placing value on current clients and scheduled projects will definitely reap a good return and is also good time management.

Here are a few ways to help you stay focused on the important while avoiding the distractions of the urgent. Schedule sections of time during each week to meet with new leads or potential clients, construct a to-do list, and stick to your set goals.

Prioritizing the important over what seems to be urgent will also help alleviate the chaos of the unexpected and you will be able to enjoy your new opportunities.

 

September is National Pain Awareness Month

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The American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) declared this month in 2001 to “raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management”.

Did you know that 80% of the population suffer from neck or back pain? It’s true, and a high number of this group live in some form of daily chronic pain.

Job injuries contribute to this number, and there are high risk occupations such as construction and nursing. However not all pain is due to jobs with demanding physical activity. In addition, not all pain is brought on by some sort of personal accident.

The cause of pain include a wide range of factors, however the treatment for pain and pain management techniques are widely available today. Some include; Acupuncture, Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy, TENS units, Chiropractic, Medications, and even everyday ordinary exercise can help to alleviate pain.

Doctors used to suggest bed rest for back and other types chronic pain. More recently, studies have found that people who exercise and stay flexible will manage their pain better than those who don’t. “Exercise improves your pain threshold” says Trent Nessler, PT, DPT, MPT, vice president with Champion Sports Medicine in Birmingham, AL.

It is best to check with your doctor for your particular exercise program, but keep moving. Whatever you choose; walking, swimming, yoga or another form of exercise, movement keeps your joints lubricated and more flexible. Exercise keeps your muscles stronger, and staying active is good for your mental health as well.

Food for Thought

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I’ve been reading quite a bit lately about food and how it affects our cognitive abilities, our productivity and our overall well-being while working.

There are a lot of new diet’s surfacing to help us lose weight and feel more energized. Everywhere you turn, Facebook, in newspaper articles and on the internet.  And of course there are the old tried and true diets. Less carbs and sugars, high protein and veggies, the Zone, fasting diets, food combining diets, just to mention a few.

It is pretty well known that what we put into our bodies is either going to fuel, heal and nourish us, or what we eat will, slow down our metabolism and cause our bodies stress and harm.

My question is why we don’t choose the first rather than the latter, especially during the work day when we need to be alert, productive and less stressed. I tend to believe it boils down to one of two things (1) bad habits, or (2) lack of preparation.

Eating in a manner that will have a positive effect on our mind and body does require preparation if bringing food to the workplace, and discipline if we are going to eat out.

So in closing here is some “food for thought”. Why not approach our food intake the same way we approach our jobs? Prioritize, set goals, make a plan, monitor and even add to or delete.  After all, we are worth it!