Finding Your Sweet Spot

Work SMARTER. Not Harder.

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"Sweet Spot" Defined.

Your "sweet spot"— the place where you’re happy and more productive while actually working less. The sweet spot is when you’re operating with the greatest ease, with the least resistance, and the greatest power of strength.


TOP TIPS FOR FINDING YOUR SWEET SPOT:


1. Create rules around technology. You have to create rules around technology. Research has found that when we manipulate how often people check their emails, for instance, from 15 or more times a day to three to five, the overall tension and stress levels go way down. The idea is to be more strategic. Create predictable time off, and communicate it to the rest of your team. You’ll be able to respond more efficiently, do your job better, decrease your stress and create space for insight. For more detailed information about creating rules around technology, visit the following site: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/03/10/your-sweet-spot-how-to-become-more-productive-while-actually-working-less/


2. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. There are many scientifically proven benefits of practicing gratitude, some of which include: better physical and mental health, enhanced quality of sleep, and increased empathy towards others-which leads to improved relationships. For more information on gratitude, visit the website below:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2014/11/23/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-of-gratitude-that-will-motivate-you-to-give-thanks-year-round/


3. Give yourself a break! Too busy to take a break? Or eat lunch?? You might want to think twice. “The trouble is that, without any downtime to refresh and recharge, we’re less efficient, make more mistakes, and get less engaged with what we’re doing.” For a variety of practical ways to take breaks, visit the following site:

https://open.bufferapp.com/science-taking-breaks-at-work/


4. Take baby steps. Does the word "goal" make you cringe? Feel like you're just setting yourself up for failure? Visit the blog below for some practical ways to turn big goals into bite-sized chunks. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time...

http://www.goalsontrack.com/blog/2011/07/07/setting-small-goals-that-move-you-forward/

Set SMART Goals


Setting goals is easy but achieving them isn't. That's why setting SMART goals - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely - is the first step in making your goal a reality.


Click on the link below for SMART goal setting template and sample SMART goals (relevant to instructional coaching.)


http://bit.ly/Work-SMARTER

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