5 KEYS TO STRESS-FREE PERFORMANCE

1. FOCUS YOUR ATTENTION

More valuable than money or time, attention is your greatest resource and most useful tool. Billions of dollars are pumped into advertising, marketing, and social media platforms in order to purchase just a few seconds of your attention. That's how valuable it is. Unless you have a plan and developed skills for managing and maximizing your attention, it will be captured by those trying to buy it from you.

2. DOCUMENT TEAM AGREEMENTS

The agreements you make and keep with yourself will serve you better than motivation or discipline. The agreements you make and keep with your team will build trust and minimize internal friction so that everyone can focus their attention on external challenges.

3. BUILD AND SHARE WORK SPACES 

A carpenter has a work bench. A mechanic has a garage. Knowledge workers have no physical boundaries for their work so spaces have to be created and cared for in order for individuals and teams to produce their best work.

4. UNDERSTAND YOUR DEFAULT CYCLES

Motivation can get you moving but it comes and goes. Discipline is never a long term solution. What guarantees consistent and measurable progress or output is what you default to. What are your habits, your systems, the instructions that you can carry out while alert or tired, motivated or disheartened, exhilarated or depressed?

5. MAKE WORK VISIBLE

If you never needed a status update, if you never had to generate a report, if no one ever stopped by for a quick update, how much time could you save? How much more attention could be put into valuable work if you never had to ask around about who's doing what and when?

attentionJohnathan Deckert