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Get in the zone: One secret to boost performance across the board

(BROKERAGE NEWS) There are many paths to being successful. This secret, of getting in the zone and finding your flow, is sure to boost productivity and success across all facets of work and life.

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The Zone

Any high performer can tell you – the zone is the destination for success. The “zone” is that elusive place where our concentration is heightened and we lose ourselves to a task. Perhaps you’ve been at the gym and kept a focus on a good cardio workout or lift. Maybe you’ve been working on a video editing project and lost a few hours.

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Or maybe you’ve fallen into the zone reading – regardless of the activity, that zone is the perfect space for productivity. And if we embrace the Pareto principle – the zone is likely a big part of the 80% productivity we get from 20% of our time.

Positive psychology

Psychologically, the zone is a tunnel vision experience where we become creatively powerful, productive, and creative. It’s a place discussed by world class athletes, painters, and Britney Spears (In the Zone was a great album!).

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a part of the field of positive psychology, wrote in his book ‘Flow: the psychology of optimal experience’ on how “flow” takes you to a place of full engagement and enrichment with work.

<blockquote< Also, how the flow does a lot to make us happy.

Flow is a state where we engage challenges with focus that feels effortless and brings us confidence.

What can you do to take yourself to a place of flow?

The key place is to engage yourself in the right challenge between skills and challenge. Tasks that are too easy don’t engage our skills enough, and these things make us bored or apathetic about our work. Too difficult, however, and worry and anxiety keep us from accomplishing anything because we disengage from goals we don’t feel like we can attain.

As a leader, as an employee, as an entrepreneur, you should be striving for that middle ground where your skills are engaged and active.

Being flexed as it would be, but you’re not trying to climb a mountain of sand in flip flops.

If you’re seeking to be a higher performer, this means being conscious of always striving to challenge yourself.

Eventually we become skilled and automatic at the things we do.

If you are seeking the highest levels of performance for yourself, however, you need constant challenge. When things become easy, praise yourself, but be prepared to step it up. Whether it’s at the job, at the gym, or in the pursuit of creative excellence.

Well oiled machine

The zone requires a well-maintained machine of your body however. Be cognizant of your physical, mental, and social wellness. Ask yourself if you rested, are you fed? Personal excellence demands physical wellness (Harvard Business review agrees). Make wellness as much a priority as your productivity if you want to stay in the zone.

So with that said, set some goals, get passionate about what you need to do, and get started. There is a lot to get done, and the zone is the place to do it.

#BeBetter

Kam has a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and is an HR professional. Obsessed with food, but writing about virtually anything, he has a passion for LGBT issues, business, technology, and cats.

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Bill Gates’ big regret of a simple command haunts him, what haunts you?

(EDITORIAL) If BIll Gates is still living with a big regret, it’s time to ponder your own, your own humanity, and consider moving past it in a healthy way.

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It has come to light that Microsoft founder Bill Gates regrets some of the original design decisions of the PC. Namely, the CTRL+ALT+DEL command that allows you to log in to the computer, due to its lack of simplicity when trying to access a key part of a computer’s operating system.

I know Mr. Gates probably has other regrets when looking at the span of his more than thirty years involvement with being associated with one of the most profitable companies in the world. I am assuming that you also have some regrets you have also in regard to your own business and/or career.

We all do.

According to psychologists, regret occurs when an something perceived as an error is made that has some personal accountability tied to it. If you’ve ever been a part of a business team, supervising employees, or been the boss, you’ve had a wealth of personal accountability. And, since you’re human, you’ve definitely made some mistakes.

One of my former bosses told me after a long day, in which I made some mistakes: You did the best you could have with the information you had. More than likely, if you’re agonizing about that mistaken car reservation or wrong decimal point, you made a normal human error. Even if it isn’t a small day to day thing, but perhaps a big issue with some big consequences, you can move on from that. It will be okay.

A great way to move on from a failure or mistake in business is to use the situation as a lesson for the future. Chances are, if you’re a team leader who messed up a relationship with an agent, you will have more agents in the future to avoid that error with.

Learning from your mistakes, and using your errors as fuel to increase your motivation for the next project, is a great way to deal with regrets healthily. If you don’t process your regrets, you can deal with a wealth of mental and physical health problems like chronic stress, depression, and damage to the systems that regulate your hormones.

You will have mistakes, but those mistakes have gotten you to this point in your life. It’s impossible to guess how your life would change if you were able to go back and fix that one thing that feels like a turning point in your business life. Living in spite of regrets is one of the hardest challenges in life to face, but just like Gates, you will accept the past and move on.

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Recognize and use free time at work like the gift it is

(PRODUCTIVITY) Free time during your workday can lead to furthering your mind and productivity.

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Clocked in but clocked out

We’ve all had those slow days at work where we’re looking for ways to kill the time until the clock strikes five.

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While it can be tempting to use this time to text or mess around on the Internet, there are much better ways to use that free time that will make your future so much easier.

Cleanliness is next to godliness

First off, tidy up your workspace. Papers and items have a way of accumulating and may be distracting you even if you don’t realize it. By organizing your stuff and throwing away what you don’t need, you’re able to breathe and focus within your workspace.

It also does wonders for your work brain to clear up your email inbox.

Once that’s all done, plan out the rest of your work week. Make a list of the major goals you’d like to accomplish and then a sub-list of how you’ll knock those goals out. Update your calendar and make sure everything is on track.

Social media, networking, and research

It’s also beneficial to use this downtime to further yourself and your organization. Three ways you can do this is through: social media, networking, and research.

If you have access, take some time to look through your company’s social media and see what can be done to enhance it. Either throw up some posts yourself or pitch ideas to the social media manager.

Networking can be done in this small amount of time by sending out “catch up” emails to old colleagues, “welcome emails” to new clients or introduction emails to LinkedIn contacts.

Send them a “how’s it going?,” tell them what’s new with you, and see what they have going on. You never know where networking can lead so it’s always good to stay in touch.

With research, see what the latest trends are in your field and study up on them. This may give you new ways to look at projects and tasks at hand. And, it’s always beneficial to have continued learning.

Get Smart(er)

While on the subject of continued learning, take this time to mess around with something you may not feel completely knowledgeable of. Maybe dig around RPR data, perhaps practice using different computer programs it is never a bad a idea to nourish your brain.

Having free time during the workday is something of a gift. If you can help it, try not to waste it.

#FreeTimeNotWasteTime

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The housing shortage is real and so are these solutions

(BROKERAGE) The housing shortage is real but former San Jose Mayor, Chuck Reed, has a few solutions to it.

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Real life shortage

If I learned anything from my high school economics class it’s that when you have a demand higher than your supply, that is a shortage.

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Shortage is exactly where the housing market is right now and exactly where it needs to stay.

Quick run down

Because of the housing shortage, home prices are rising in ways that people can’t afford.

In California specifically, the housing shortage has become a housing crisis. And on top of that crisis, the state seems to be dragging its feet for a solution to it. One former San Jose Mayor, Chuck Reed, has a few ideas on how to solve both the crisis in California and the shortage sweeping the nation.

Response not reaction

The first response to the housing shortage Mr. Reed suggests should be taking steps to deconstruct the massive amounts of hoops that local governments put out for developers and builders to get plans approved.

Those hoops include, but are not limited to, occupancy limits, profit limits, and eviction rules.

We can deconstruct these hoops through legal action at the local level all the way up the chain to the Supreme Court.

Another response to the housing shortage Mr. Reed proposed is to change the states’ fiscal restrictions to favor housing.

Granted, he is referring to California’s fiscal restrictions but California isn’t the only state to impose restrictions like that.

In terms of the other states, modification of property tax allocations would allow for housing permits to generate enough money for cities to pay an increase service demand.

Reed also would like to see other reviews, like environmental review, streamlined so that they can’t be used to block developments for arbitrary reasons such as neighbors not agreeing with the color scheme.

In the end, Reed’s biggest response is for people to start electing legislators who understand the needs and growing pains of the housing market so that you already have the people in place to make changes.

#HousingShortage

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