In our weekly mindfulness session with Russell Treasure we take the time to meet as a team and have an open discussion about our successes and our challenges. We discuss as a team and we suggest solutions as a team, and then support each other by revisiting these themes each week.
Last week we discussed some ways in which we can deal with an ever changing workload, changing both in the sense of urgency and demand. Changing also in the sense that there will always be something unforeseen to surprise and challenge us - no matter how meticulously we prepare.
Aside of keeping the conversation open and supporting each other, one other thing we all agreed on as being helpful was to compartmentalize. I have provided a link below to a useful article on this, but it really is as straightforward as it sounds, and very effective. It is all about taking a moment in the chaos to break things down, do not attack as a whole. Look at the challenge in front of you and take it step by step, and for as long as you can maintain the discipline only move on when you have dealt with that part of the challenge.
Dealing with that part of the challenge means that you should also give yourself the permission to move on from it when you feel you have done as much as you can. What do you do with your team, do you have a support network in place? Hopefully you will find this article helpful.
Compartmentalize it. Isolate the issue from all the other challenges you are dealing with. Apply extreme focus on each compartment, but only for a short period of time. Move forward in incremental steps. And once you see progress… Close the compartment and open the next one. Say “no” to things that don’t deserve a compartment.