Amanda Holges talks about Getting into the Zone and how to deal with the multiple ‘Hats’ you wear in your day.
Having multiple home and business responsibilities, multiple jobs, or running more than one business can all lead to a lack of focus and overwhelm on what to do next. It can be difficult to switch between the different responsibilities and priorities, leaving you feeling distracted or split between too many directions.
Wouldn’t it be better to feel more able to focus on each area as you need to – with a minimum of interruptions and stress……
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– Today we’re looking at getting into the zone. How to deal with the multiple hats that you wear each day.
Having multiple home and business responsibilities, multiple jobs, or running more than one business, can all lead to a lack of focus and overwhelm on what to do next. It can be difficult to switch between the different responsibilities and priorities, leaving you feeling distracted or split between too many directions.
Wouldn’t it be better to feel more able to focus on each area as you need to with a minimum of interruptions and stress?
With that in mind, here are my three ways to get in the zone.
Number One – Create Buffer Time. If you find it difficult switching between the different areas of your life or tasks, then create a buffer between them. This gives your mind the chance to finalise in one area before focusing on the next. If you just try to push through multiple tasks and responsibilities, you can easily end up feeling overwhelmed or distracted on what to do next.
I find mine most difficult caring for my Mum in the morning and starting work. For you it could be the school run, or the creative versus business aspect of your business.
I use a meditation app to check in with myself and take just a few minutes to focus my mind before the switch of role or task. You could just make a moment to stop and clear your thoughts before heading on to the next task. Step away for a quick break with the deliberate intention of right, that’s finished for now, next I’ll be focusing on….. whatever it is. Just taking a few minutes to make a conscious switch between the things can make a big difference to your focus and your productivity.
Number Two – Change Your Outlook. Another way is to switch the environment, or the things that you use, or even your clothing. First, can you change the place you do your work? Perhaps a coffee shop or a local business hub can provide a different environment to focus your thoughts better.
If you have to switch between your home role or the more creative aspects of your work, to making client calls, arranging meetings, planning, admin, you know the more ‘businessy’ areas of your role, then consider getting your business head on by a change of clothes, or even your mug. Quite literally, put your ‘business boots’ on. Or use the ‘I’m in the business mode’ mug.
On the flip side, is there somewhere or something that puts you in a more creative frame of mind? Use that to reframe your thoughts. It’s strange how a change of perspective can affect your mind and how it focuses.
Number Three – Zone Your Week. Another way to stop the overwhelm of having so many roles or tasks is to allocate certain days or times of the day to different areas. Allocate a time and day for each of the areas that you need to deal with. You may need multiple slots, but knowing that you spend between 10 and 12 every Monday on creating content means that your mind will be more ready and focused on that at that time. And if a task comes up to create more content, then you know to schedule that into that time slot. It also saves a lot of planning on what you’re going to do. You know if it’s Tuesday morning then you’ll be focusing on X and Z.
If you want to learn more about how to zone your time, watch Video 5 of my More Calm-Less Juggle series at amandaholges.co.uk/Video5. This gives further examples and details of how allocating zones to your week provides a focus on what you’re going to do and when. A very valuable tool to get your focus and in turn reduce your planning time.
So there are my three ways to get in the zone with all the ‘hats’ that you wear in your day. Create buffer time, Change your outlook, and Zone your week, and watch my video at amandaholges.co.uk/Video5 on how to zone your time.
Until next time. Speak Soon.