There’s a dirty word in the dictionary that not only sounds irritating but also can have the same effect on our day if we let it rear it’s ugly head. ‘Tolerating’ is something that many of us practice far too frequently, and all often we don’t realise the dreadful impact it can have on the way we manage our time and how effective we are.
Are you putting up with things that are constantly annoying you? Or perhaps you’re tolerating certain people or circumstances that you find frustrating? We all have things that get on our nerves but the problem is that many of those things stop us from being as effect and therefore as successful as we’d like to be.
The workplace itself can turn into one huge toleration if you let it, and putting up with frustrating annoyances can ultimately have a very negative impact on your performance and pay packet – not a good combination if you want to enjoy your job and get ahead!
Tolerating can also be a huge drain on your energy levels and motivation, and can create friction in relationships and overall unhappiness in your personal and professional lives. So with so much at stake, it’s important to recognise what you are putting up with, and take action to do something about it.
Take a moment now to write down a list of all the things you are currently tolerating, and split the list between:-
All of these things are causing clutter in your mind and we all know that the best way to work is in a clutter-free environment! Regardless of how small the toleration may seem, it is ultimately taking up time and attention in your mind, and when the toleration grows, or you accumulate a collection of frustrations your ability to focus and perform at your best is depleted.
So the art to ‘clearing out your clutter’ is to start with the most simple points on your list and do something today about them. Perhaps you need to clear your desk or delete some emails, or maybe you haven’t been to the gym in a while and it’s playing in your mind that you need to exercise or lose weight. These straight-forward frustrations are contributing to a lack of time and attention in your mind so take action today and do something about them.
As you start to realise the extent of your toleration’s start to put boundaries in place to make sure you don’t end up dealing with the same frustrations again. For example, if you are constantly interrupted by a chatty colleague bite the bullet and let them know that you’re busy and need to focus on your work at key times during the day. If your email is constantly distracting you turn your alert off and make a point of only checking your messages a certain times.
If you’re tolerating being in the wrong job or industry make a commitment to yourself now to do something about it, or if you’re in a relationship that’s one-way or you spend time with people who drain you make the decision now to clear out your mind and cut those toleration’s loose.
Whether you change your environment, your job or your relationship, make sure you identify what is distracting and pulling you away from the areas that you want to focus on and clear out your clutter today. Your mind with thank you for it, and when you start to get more done in less time so will your boss!
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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach and Time Management Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email email@example.com
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