Dial it up, dial it down



Are you in the drone zone, the panic zone, or somewhere in the middle?

The drone zone-you may be moving, but you’re not productive. There’s no energy, no motivation. Dial it up: increase input-search for new ideas, design a creative environment, use color.

The panic zone-overworked, stressed…again you’re not productive. There’s no energy, no motivation. Dial it down: decrease input-deal with stress and recharge, delegate or stop some tasks, re-evaluate.

The productive zone-like Goldilock’s porridge, the input level is juuust right. Not too much, not too little. You’re in the flow, mental processes clicking away at high speed, delivering great results.

The four T’s of initiative:

Take action-when action supports the mission.

Tell others-what you are doing, what your mission is, if you have time to help.

Train-keep learning, share what you’ve learned with others.

Trust-that initiative will be recognized and rewarded.

-Ideas generated by the book “They Shoot Managers, Don’t They?” by Terry L. Paulson.

I seek to create order from the chaos of complex information. Join me at the Daily PlanIt to gain insights, inspiration, and information to increase skills for a better life. I unlock the power of teaching reading with phonics in the pursuit of literacy at www.phonicspow.com. In my spare time I explore books and movies, often choosing titles available on both screen and page.

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One comment on “Dial it up, dial it down
  1. James says:

    Hi Dave(?)

    Thanks for the reference! A great posting on an important issue: It’s so important to get into flow if you’re going to work at your best.

    Best wishes!


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