I just returned from a trip to New York where I was thrilled to work with 4 different clients on 4 unique projects in 14 days and I could have used 2 of me!
As a Producer it’s my job to juggle lots of moving parts, multiple projects, multiple people, make certain that my clients receive the best possible care, and that the outcome be amazing. Quite often it looks like this; I’m on a conference call with clients about a future project while instant messaging someone about a current project and texting someone else about a project I just completed.
In this world of instant messaging, Google Docs, real time updates, and our computers in our pockets and pocketbooks, it feels like we are consistently being nudged to expand our capacity to do more and more and more. But how can I do any more? I’m already busy!
And what more do I really want to be doing?
It’s not just reaching the goals and the outcomes that I’m after, it’s the feeling of happiness and satisfaction along that way that I don’t want to miss while becoming better at what I do and being productive. And Its of great importance to me that my clients get to feel that happiness and satisfaction too.
Sometimes less is more and if you are curious about connecting with your calm in the midst of activity and being more productive check out what inspires me. (And oh, I’m not giving you anything else you have to do because I know you are busy already…just a suggestion. :)
• Know when to hold and when to fold. Here’s a challenge for you: this week say ‘no’ to commitments that drain you of your energy, time, motivation or are non-essential. Just say NO to anything that weighs you down or doesn’t bring you joy. You’ll be surprised to find that the time you have saved by saying no to things that zap your energy will be available for things that fill you up.
• Become a minimalist: Got your to do list? Good job. Now take that list and rip it in half. Come on, you can do it. Too often we overestimate what we can accomplish and become frustrated when we don’t accomplish it all. Prioritize. A shorter, more realistic list leaves room for flexibility and the opportunity to build on your successes, which make you more productive. And if you really want to be productive, delegate.
• Quality, not quantity: Trade multi-tasking for single tasking. Doing more than one thing at a time seems like a good way to increase productivity, but it can often lead to less than stellar attention to detail and errors. Stay tuned to your own rhythms of energy throughout the day and know when to take on the difficult jobs. Approaching any task in the right spirit can make you more efficient and more productive and the experience more enjoyable.
And if you want to watch bestselling author and Psychologist, Daniel Goleman speak on focus and performance, check out his lecture at:
See you on set.