If you’re like me, you may often slide between job tasks instead of moving purposefully from one to the next.
Your work style isn’t decisive—it’s accidental. Did you ever think, “Oops, how did I get to doing this?” At the end of the day, you can’t easily recall what you accomplished even though you’re sure you did some work. You hope your boss thinks so.
What you and I are missing is a deliberate transition between job tasks.
There are dangers of not transitioning well:
So would you agree that our work would be better if we transitioned better?
If so, here are some ideas on how to transition well between tasks:
Get out of your seat. When you finish a task, get up. Go for a walk, or at least down the hall. Refill your drink. Move your body. Do something physical. Using your body will refresh your brain.
Reward yourself. When you’ve completed your task, celebrate. Visit the snack closet. Listen to a favorite song. Call your spouse. Check Facebook.
Before you start a new task, plan it out. Try to answer a few basic questions such as: What’s the purpose of this task? What does success look like? What tools are most appropriate? How will I know when my task is done?
Prepare your mind to begin anew. Clear your mind from distractions. Your brain is like a stage, and too many onstage actors can ruin the production (Your Brain at Work by David Rock). Instead of having to remember to buy milk on the way home, just write it down. Then ask yourself, what kind of thinking does the next task require?
Transitioning well takes discipline. But the gains are well worth the effort, in the workplace and in life.
If we transition well, we’ll feel more satisfied, purposeful, and productive—and we’ll know why the boss keeps us around.
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