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 write about goal setting, time management, and other skills for personal development, happiness, and a productive life. My fascination with phonics and the pursuit of literacy is shared at www.phonicspow.com. I enjoy reading books and watching movies based on the screen and page method.

Posted in personal development
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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