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Christoph Grizzard l Six Degrees of Business Perfection
Christoph Grizzard, Founder & CEO of Avant Garde, offers some advice on getting the best out of your day
Let’s face it, we all get days when nothing seems to go right; when every task becomes a chore and when accomplishing anything seems like too much effort. Hopefully these six steps will help you train your sights a little better on what you want to achieve.
1. Stay Focused. Most people will never admit it, but we all love being distracted. Our bodies like to reward us, whenever our minds jump to another subject, by releasing a shot of dopamine into our nervous system. That’s why, when you find yourself beginning a new task, you feel suddenly awake and refreshed. Tempting though this may seem, it is hugely counter-productive, so keep your mind on the task at hand until it is completed. If possible, isolate yourself from the rest of your workplace; switch off your phone, put a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on your door and resist the temptation to check your e-mail inbox every five minutes.
2. On the subject of e-mails, pick two or three times in your day when you will make a point of checking your inbox, and then, prioritise those marked as urgent. Checking your e-mail constantly is pointless, counter-productive and, quite frankly, dull.
3. Still on the subject of e-mails, I always like to remind my team that e-mails are not designed for conversations. If it seems a topic is being bounced between you and a client, or even a colleague, for more than two e-mails then pick up a phone and sort out things the old-fashioned way.
4. Split your day into intervals, working for 60 to 90 minutes at a time. Okay, this may seem to contradict step one, but letting yourself take a quick two minute break isn’t the same as letting your mind wander onto a different topic. It’s okay to grab a quick coffee, or even a cigarette (not that I’m advocating any bad habits – oh no!). Think of it as recharging your batteries, and remember; “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!”
5. Make sure you have a good breakfast. Sorry to sound like your mum here, but it is so important that you get a good meal inside you before you begin the working day. I know most of us don’t have a whole heap of time to spare in the morning, and if I’m honest it wouldn’t be the first time I rushed into the office with nothing more than a cup of coffee and a cereal bar, but take it from me, you will always perform better when you have taken the time to eat something. Remember the mantra; Eat good. Feel good. Work good.
6. Have fun. I can’t stress this enough, but it is so important that you enjoy what you do. I’m not expecting you to jump out of bed each morning, rip open the curtains and break into a big musical number (especially on Mondays), but try and take heart that you are going to do a job which you enjoy, which you are good at, and which, come the end of day, will make you feel like you have actually accomplished something.
~ Christoph Grizzard ~ CEO: Inter Italia
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