How to stay focused during challenging times?
This is a question that many managers and staff members are asking themselves. As the current situation is unplanned and unwanted and most managers are unprepared.
Aldous Huxley write in one of his books: Experience is not what happens to man, but what man makes of what happens to him. “
As we are now experiencing an unusual time when our everyday working environments have been turned upside down and normal set routines are no longer possible, the pressure and associated anxiety are palpable.
In challenging times, it is very easy to get distracted. We experience even more pressure (internal and external), there is insecurity, doubts, anxiety… And all these negatives feeling have an immense impact on our focus.
No wonder that for many it is very difficult to stay focused and cope with the situation.
So, if you want to reset and move forward in these strange and difficult times you need a mindset that supports you to perform at high level under great pressure. And we all know – the energy flows, where your focus goes.
But what to focus on?...
"FOCUS on what you CAN CONTROL instead of what you CAN’T CONTROL"
How do we recognize that we are in a negative emotional spiral?
By perceiving whether we exhibit any of these three behavior patterns: flight, passivity or aggression. These are signs that our perception is clouded, and we misinterpret situations instead of clarifying the facts and taking the necessary steps.
For that you need a CLEAR THINKING by gathering and analyzing accurate information. This means that all your decisions and actions are based on accurate data and not on pure interpretations or speculations. The more clarity you have, the more confident you are and the more likely you are to move forward in the right direction. The opposite is DEFENSIVE THINKING caused by selective information. So always be aware that YOU STAY IN CONTROL.
Pinnacle has developed virtual training workshops and coaching sessions addressing:
- How to stay focused during challenging times – working on-task with distractions.
- Remote leading of teams – skills and mindset that supports your virtual leadership.
- Effective Remote Team Communication.
- Communicating with customers: Keeping in touch with customers while in times of distress.
- Keeping a positive work atmosphere during tough times.
- Why working remotely can be important and beneficial in the future
- Lessons learned – What do we take with us for the future.
- We go through 3 phases in crises. What are they and how to manage through effectively?
- Disrupt yourself – reinvent yourself in the digital world.
- Effects on learning and development culture in organizations.