What does it take for you to really get in the groove on a work day?
If you work for yourself, you understand what I'm talking about. Some days it's super easy. You just sit down at the computer or get on the phone and boom. Stuff starts to happen. But other days, getting started can feel like pulling teeth.
I love the days where I sit down and knock my to-do list out of the park. I know the feel of that place and the delivered deliverables are the evidence that I have been in the zone. It's easy, it's effortless and it flows.
It can totally make you feel like a ROCK STAR!
But here's the thing. For me that kind of focus & productivity isn't always something I can just pull out of my hat. Some days are better than others, of course.
Today is a particularly grey & chilly fall day. Time is limited & my workload is not. I'm trying to take Friday off because I'm attending the amazing Women of Worth Conference this weekend. As if spending the weekend with these speakers, attendees & organizers isn't inspiring enough, there happens to be a spa there too. The conference is being held at THE best local getaway - Harrison Hotsprings - which is about 90 minutes from me. I'm attending with my bestie. Girlfriends, spa, women in business, hot springs, pampering, celebrating success....
We were discussing focus, right?
So in light of the grey skies & wonderful distractions, I really needed to look at what brings me into the zone & focuses my big ol' creative mind in a productive way. What really energizes and inspires me? What tools can I use to ignite the focus & passion that drives the work I do? I'm curious about what works for others too?
Early in the day it's coffee for me. Not strictly for the caffeine either. Coffee & jazz together totally inspire me. Add in a fire log and bam! A whole new level of inspiration. Often jazz & Americano's at a coffee shop really get me energized. If they are playing jazz double bonus, if not, I throw on my headset & voila! The Zone!
I'm not entirely sure why classic jazz inspires me. I once read that the mathematical complexity of the music is great stimulation for the brain. That theory is second only to my belief that in a past life I was alive & living in Paris in the early 1900's drinking espresso at Parisian street cafés with Picasso & Gertrude Stein while writing or creating some other kind of lively & interesting artwork.
Today I'm waiting for a delivery so I need to be at my home office. Unfortunately for me, I'm even distracted by how not to be distracted. I've needed to be meticulous about garnering the energy that will keep me on task.
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Catherine Mellon is a Social Media Director with 5 years experience helping entrepreneurs & small businesses use the internet to grow their business.