Tactics exist to eliminate distractions, maintain focus and continue flourishing at a high level.
Even when you are enamored with your profession, there are times when it will feel like a grind. In the rental housing industry, where consistency is key, periodic declines in performance are unwelcome.
Tactics exist to eliminate distractions, maintain focus and continue flourishing at a high level, many of them daily habits that help recharge the mindset. A panel of experts at NAA’s Apartmentalize shared some of these techniques in the session “Rituals, Routines and Rewards that Recharge Your Life.”
“One thing that’s really made an impact in my life is identifying a morning ritual,” says Jennifer Staciokas, Senior Vice President of Training and Marketing for Pinnacle. “And I always try to spend at least one hour per day doing something to better my life.”
Staciokas’ morning ritual consists of drinking eight ounces of water, meditating, then reading a passage from The Daily Stoic. When her personal routine ends, she begins her professional routine, which includes reading the LinkedIn Daily Rundown. She repeats her morning routine prior to bedtime.
At the conclusion of each day, she asks herself what she did well, where she can improve and what she can do better. While she recommends establishing routines, she advises that they shouldn’t come at the expense of your flexibility or ability to modify.
“There are going to be things that you can’t control, but it’s a matter of how you respond to them,” Staciokas says.
Distractions and stress go hand-in-hand according to Virginia Love, Vice President of Training and Marketing for Waterton Residential. Stress can come from a variety of places, including an overload at the workplace. Love recommends conquering the largest task first rather than trying to manage several projects simultaneously.
“It’s funny because ‘multitasking’ is frequently listed as a job attribute, but that can be a costly misnomer,” Love says. “That typically means you’re juggling too much, doing an average job on several things and not focusing on the primary task.”
Constant and consistent work-related stress can indicate that it’s time to change positions, or even fields, according to the panel.
“Miserable people are those who are outside of their comfort zone,” says Dr. Debbie Phillips, President of The Quadrillion. “They’re not doing what they were born to do. Discover what you were born to do and what your genius zone is.”