‘The Space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.’ Leaving aside the privilege problems of having enough surplus stuff to just be able to afford to just chuck half of it away, Netflix hot stuff Marie Kondo does make a lot of sense, especially when you apply her magical binning ways to your head instead of your home.
In a super busy stupidly speedy mega-connected world, the ability to focus, to cut through the noise and drill down in to your true work priorities, is a skill in itself. If you sometimes struggle to dial down all the noise, both in life and at work, here are five tips to keep your brain space clean and serene:
1. Put Up Some Social Barriers
So, this one is all about how far you are prepared to go. If you are addicted to the Insta-scroll it might be time to dump it all together, unless it’s intrinsic to your job. Do a screen time review and see just how much time you are spending staring at other peoples’ lives instead of living yours, and then make some tough calls. Even if your relationship with your social is more of a casual arrangement it might still be worth setting yourself some rules you’ll actually follow, like no screen dipping 30 minutes before or after work, and we ALL know the rules about no blue lights at bedtime. Give yourself a break and look away for a while.
So, this is what we call meditation now, kind of, but you don’t have to be cross-legged or in a cave to do it. You can get an app like OAK that guides you through it, or you can simply close your eyes and count to four and think about your lungs. You have lungs! They are inside your body right now, and your heart, pumping away, doing its awesome thing. It FREAKED ME OUT the first time I really thought about it, but actually the ability to be truly present, and realise what is happening in your physical space right NOW can help you focus on what is really important at work too. So, wherever you are standing, push your heels in to the ground and repeat after me: I’m here. What is important? And then listen to the answer. If your mind replies ‘watching Friends again from start to finish before Netflix loses the rights’ that’s a whole other problem.
Ahh, the rage-killer. Let’s face it, work can be annoying. People can be really annoying! We can and should take the time to understand each other, create a positive environment to work in, and leave the Mean Girls routines back in 2004 where they belong. BUT you know what will genuinely definitely actually help when work people are just being too weird? Going for a run. Breaking a sweat. Feeling ALIVE. I don’t mean twenty useless plodding boring minutes on a cross-trainer. I mean boxing! Or sprinting! Or playing some kind of game where the loser has to bathe in the fluids of the winner’s choosing. Exercise gives you the endorphin-feels, which makes everything seem easier, and simpler. Rage messes with your mind. Apparently, you can’t physically swim if you are angry, so how are you going to organise a full-scale event? Forget your troubles, go on, get exercise-happy.
4. Lists and organisation
You’ve got to have a list man. You need a place where all that vital information lives. that’s why Tools like EventBuddy are so useful – they keep everything in one place, from documents to budgets, and they were designed with events in mind. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a go. Using a tool created to help organise your line of work is the quickest easiest step to mastering the madness.
5. Focus on today
Rome wasn’t built yadda yadda blah. No matter what the task in hand- whether it’s a two-thousand-person conference or a ten-person intimate dinner – you won’t get it all done today, so you have two choices: give yourself time and space to do it all, bit by bit and day by day, with a proper schedule, or work out what you can delegate to people who know what they are doing, like the Events & The City Account Managers and Event Experts. Either way, you’ll get there.