by Emma Sue Prince
We live and work in a world where uncertainty and change have become the norm. Even though we have all the information we could possibly want or need at our fingertips, our inability to manage its constant flow into our Smartphones and brains renders it useless. It seems as if we are constantly distracted, overwhelmed and unhappy.
But there are skills that we each have that really can help us to be happy right now. These skills need to become an essential part of our toolkit so that we are well equipped to prosper in our brave new world. We just need to tap into them and strengthen them. All 7 matter and all 7 overlap. In this exclusive series for Family Friendly Working, each week I’ll be looking at a different skill that you can immediately tap into and embrace. I promise you they make a huge difference to you personally, to how you work and to your family.
Being proactive is both about how we respond in the short term to things going on around us and creating a space between that stimulus and how we respond. It’s also about our longer-term goals and direction.
We are all natural procrastinators so we need to consciously take actions towards our goals. Every day, however small that step might be, take it. Break things down into chunks. Do whatever you need to make that process possible – whether that is by keeping a daily planner, creating a great morning routine for yourself (did you know that the most successful people have strong, purposeful morning routines) or refraining from multi-tasking. As tempting as it is to multi-task it is largely ineffective. If you can focus on one thing at a time, work on one item at a time you will get so much more done. Your productivity levels will soar and of course you’ll feel great.
In the short-term work on making that space between the stimulus and your reaction to it wider. Take that moment, take that breath before responding – whether that’s to an electronic message or face-to-face. We are so used to being reactive but when it comes to responding wisely and well we need to make that space to do so. Being proactive is all about truly living your life and not waiting for something to happen before you reach for your goals and make that choice. When we are truly proactive we also know and embrace the fact that everything in our life is down to the choices we make. That’s incredibly empowering!
Emma Sue Prince is author of “7 Skills for the Future”, published by Pearson Business, available now in all major bookstores and from Amazon. Her podcast 7 Skills for the Future is on ITunes and all podcasting platforms. Emma Sue Prince is a specialist in experiential learning and believes strongly that this methodology is key to developing life skills and soft skills as it is the only way to develop self-awareness, upon which all behavioural change is based. She delivers powerful workshops in this regard and does so with many different target groups including “closed” groups such as Muslim communities in Bangladesh and North Africa and diverse groups in the UK including lawyers, doctors and software engineers.
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