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03 Oct

Work where you work best

Datum: 2012-10-03 12:00

Since not all the things we need to do can be done just any­where, it can be smart to cat­e­go­rize the to-do-tasks by the par­tic­u­lar con­text we need to be in to be able to do them. 

By con­text” I am refer­ring to in what loca­tion, at what time dur­ing the day/​the week/​the month, or under what cir­cum­stances we can per­form the task eas­i­est.

And then when we are in cer­tain con­text, we can allow our to-do-tasks-tool to only dis­play the tasks we are able to do where we are at the moment. 

With new con­texts come new possibilities

But the con­texts that you have and use at present might not be the most opti­mal con­texts you could have.

You might get more done and in more effi­cient ways if you cre­at­ed con­texts that enhance and bring out your abil­i­ties and capa­bil­i­ties to a greater extent. If you alter the con­di­tions to be more favor­able to your par­tic­u­lar needs, it will be eas­i­er to do what you need to do. 

And sure­ly you would want to make the com­plet­ing of tasks as easy and smooth as pos­si­ble, right?

Do this

  1. Take a moment to think about where you work the best and with great­est efficiency. 
    It can be in a place, at a cer­tain point dur­ing the day, or under cer­tain con­di­tions.

    It could for instance be: 
    • Where the sur­round­ing envi­ron­ment is a lit­tle calmer
    • Where you can make phone-calls undisturbed
    • Where you can focus
    • Where the tem­po is high 
    • Where you feel more inspired
    • Where you feel you can solve prob­lems easier
    • Where you get more ideas
    • Where you can com­mu­ni­cate with your col­leagues easier
    • Where you come clos­er to the client
    • Where the inter­net – con­nec­tion is faster
    • Where there is a bet­ter view
    • Where you feel more free
    • Where there is more space
    • Where you tend to get more done in less time, that is, where you work the fastest
    • Where you with ease can keep work­ing con­tin­u­ous­ly with­out feel­ing the need to take too many breaks
    • Where you get inspired
    • Where you feel as good as you pos­si­bly can while working
  2. Think about what loca­tions and con­texts you are work­ing in today. 
  3. Do your cur­rent places and con­texts have the qual­i­ties of the pre­ferred and most effi­cient loca­tions you just listed? 
  4. If they do not, think about where, when and how you would want to work from time to time in order to make the most use of your latent capa­bil­i­ties that need a par­tic­u­lar con­text to flourish. 

    For example:

    • Could you sit at your client’s office a day every week or so?
    • Can you work at your oth­er office a lit­tle more often than you are doing today? 
    • Could you get anoth­er desk for your office, a desk or table that is always emp­ty so that you quick­ly and with ease can spread out your material? 
    • Could you close the door and make your­self unavail­able a few set hours every week?
    • Can you reserve the con­fer­ence-space on the top floor once in a while when you need to work a lit­tle more vision­ary with your colleagues? 
    • Could you make a habit out of tak­ing a walk after lunch so that you get space to think through the issues you nor­mal­ly do not have the peace of mind to contemplate? 
  5. Deter­mine what could be the first, small step you could take right now, with­in the next hour or so, in order to cre­ate the con­text or con­texts you are missing. 
  6. Take this first step.
  7. Define the next step, take it and con­tin­ue doing this. 

Envi­ron­ments cho­sen with care give you more space to grow and develop

If you grad­u­al­ly cre­ate more favor­able con­texts for you to work in, you will get more done with less effort. Your work-days will be more com­fort­able and effi­cient since the envi­ron­ment you are in is more adapt­ed to your par­tic­u­lar needs, pref­er­ences and personality. 

What would you suggest?

What is your favorite con­text, that is, the place or the sit­u­a­tion where you work with great­est ease and with great­est effi­cien­cy? Write a com­ment to let me know.