Transitioning into the New Year

trasitioning into the new yearI am hopeful for 2014 and whatever happens, I plan to make it better than 2013. It’s been a fantastic year with many challenges, disappointments and achievements. I can honestly say that it was my most challenging yet and I learnt a lot coping with all the changes I encountered. Embracing change can be scary and unsettling, but if viewed as an opportunity to improve ones’ situation and learn new things, can bring about positive outcomes.

I met some great people and friendship developed, I gained new skills, sampled new cuisines, learnt more about other cultures, the list is endless. With the year coming to an end it helps to reflect on what we accomplished and where we fell short, pick ourselves up and soldier on. Mistakes are fine as long as we learn from them.

I have learnt not to worry too much about the small stuff and to make the most of any shortfall. Not to dwell on a problem too long but to look for solutions. Not to be afraid of taking on a challenge but to always look at the best way to move forward. We may set goals but fall short of achieving them and that is okay.

So to sum it up, I did have a good year and hope it was the same for you. If your year wasn’t that great, well don’t give up on 2014, It’s not the end of the world, and as the saying goes, tomorrow is another day.

So here’s wishing everybody a fulfilling 2014.

3 simple tips to reduce interference at work.

potential, performance, interuptions zefebizIt’s difficult to stay completely focused at work these days with all the interference that surrounds us. These could be from your colleagues constantly asking for support or advice to complete their duties or people coming around to your desk for a friendly chat. Whatever the reason, it can affect your performance negatively at the end of the day if you are not able to complete or perform your duties well.

Personally, I find it hard to concentrate sometimes given that I consider myself a multitasking person. This can be a double-edged sword as it can work for or against you.  I think interferences are inevitable especially if you work in a large organisation, we just need to manage it better.

I read a book by Myles Downey titled “Effective Coaching, lessons from the coach’s coach” and I particularly liked a piece on page 11 where he outlines that Potential less interference equals performance.  In simplistic terms, the less interference you have at work, like reducing chit-chat with colleagues, managing email responses accordingly or not using social media unless it’s part of your job, the better chance you have of improving your performance.

So how can you reduce interruptions at work?

I must say from experience, it’s achievable and once you adapt a pattern of identifying what the interferences are and removing them, you can achieve more at work.  It really is that simple.

So, here goes, my 3 tips on staying focused and reducing interference

  1. Switch off social media notifications on your phone, tablet or desk top computer.
  2. Check your emails once or twice a day at specific times.
  3. If you need to communicate with colleagues, walk from your desk to theirs and talk to them.  This form of communication is best and will reduce the time spent sending text emails.

The list is endless on how to reduce interference at work, so if you have any tips feel free to add to the list.

Stay happy at work.

3 easy steps to Embrace Change

ZEFEBLOGGING BLOG 2 IMAGE ZEFEBIZFacilitating a workshop can go two ways. The attendees either likes it or they don’t. Fortunately for me, at the forum on “Embracing Change” that I facilitated today 27 September 2013, the former was the case. So suffice it to say that I am really pleased with the outcome.

We had a very open discussion on change that is imposed on us or change that we choose.  Most people at the forum believed that a change that is imposed on one is more difficult to embrace; hence there is resistance, denial and all other things that go with imposed change. We all agreed that change by choice is far more easier to embrace and most people would welcome that sort of change.

So it was wise to focus on imposed change as this is the change most people resist or don’t want to embrace. We all took three things away from this forum on how to cope with imposed change.

  • First of all to embrace imposed change, we need to accept that change is happening or will happen whether we like it or not. The earlier we accept this impending change and try to find positives in it the better and the sooner we can move on with our life.
  • Secondly, we need to trust that we can get through this change and come out the other side better. It is important at the stage to believe in yourself as you are the only one that can get you through this change, nobody else.
  • Thirdly and lastly finding the right support to get us through this change is extremely important so we don’t feel alone and isolated. Most people hide behind issues or don’t like to discuss it with others because of shame or lack of trust. If you are going through change and doing it alone, it will feel like a mammoth task. Talking to somebody about it will help reduce the load.

There is help out there if you feel you need to talk to somebody. You can talk to a Coach, a friend, a spouse, a family member, your mother, father, counsellor, the list is endless. There are about 7 billion people on this planet and counting; there is no reason to feel alone. You just need to pick up the courage and call and talk to somebody.

Please add your comments or suggestions and tell us how you’ve coped with change.

Embracing Change

Zefe business workshop How do you cope with change?

I was asked that question recently and wasn’t quite sure how to answer it. I suppose it depends what you’re trying to change and the need for that change. It could be your job, studies, the city you live in or your spouse.

Whatever change we aspire to make will depend on the individual making that change and that will determine how that person reacts to change.  Personally, I embrace change and I believe that change is good for various reasons. To explore this topic more I am running a workshop on embracing change. It is a free event, I am hoping to delve into our motivation to change or not to change and how we react to it.

Date of event: 27 September 2013

Venue :  14 Wilson St, Brighton VIC 3186 ‎

Time: 10:30am – 12:30 pm

Cost:  Free