• Secret 6: Turning All Interruptions into Opportunities

    Secret 6: Turning All Interruptions into Opportunities

    Interruptions can cause real stress and frustration

    In my first blog post, I wrote that to get the most from your time, life and career, one of the critical talents you need to develop for yourself and all those you train or coach is time management.

    One of the most frequent complaints of people who are trying to get the most from their time with little or no stress is, “Too many interruptions!”  The picture above shows what many people feel after a day of interruptions, interrupted by interruptions.

    Secret 6 – built on my 40+ years of interviewing some of the world’s most successful People – will show you how to turn all interruptions into opportunities.

    The story of Non Nomine and A.T. will give you the secret that you can use daily – starting immediately – in any of life’s interruptions – both professional and personal.  Both came in early, set their priorities for the day to come and had accomplished priority one ahead of schedule. Both were pleased with their success. At 9:00 AM when their boss called them individually, both their planners looked like this:

    The boss called Non Nomine first. He asked, “I have a problem, can you come over a minute?”  After Non Nomine said “sure” – feeling she had to – she hung up, thinking, “How can I ever get anything done with all the interruptions I have, especially with this boss?  ‘Just a minute’ could last till five o’clock!”

    Begrudgingly Non Nomine trudged over to the boss’ office struggling from a self-inflicted case of DDP – the Dilemma of Double Priorities – the priorities she set at 7:30 and the priority of keeping the boss happy.

    A.T. received the same call. (A.T. is an Aligned Thinker, having read and implemented blogs 1-5.)  Her answer was a more positive “Sure, I’ll be right over.”  But before she went, she stopped to review some of the key aspects of Aligned Thinking that she had learned and was working daily to implement.

    She looked at the summary of her Passion (Blog2) which on her desk clearly stated.  “I want an above average lifestyle for the family I love.”  Then she reviewed the plaque next to it.

    FREEDOM SECRET

    Apply this and you can be free in all you do!

    After reviewing the plazue, she thought, “The “NC” to my above-average lifestyle is this job and a promotion.  And the key to a promotion is the boss having a problem and solving it.”

    All day Non Nomine and A.T. worked guided by their belief systems.  Non Nomine permitted herself to simmer with DDP. All too many unknowingly let themselves live with this disease.  Its symptoms are growing stress and frustration at doing something because “so-and-so” said they must. Non Nomine was about 70% solving the boss’s problem and at least 30% wishing she could be back in her office doing the things she set on her priority list that morning.  This 30% assured her of growing stress and frustration all day.  Both crescendoed when she returned to her office that night.

    She had the small satisfaction of predicting correctly.  When the boss asked her to come over “for a minute,” she said, “This might take till five.”  It took till six!  She did to her planner what she wished but could not do to her boss.  With great force she wrote in bright red on her defenseless planner “Forget it.”

    She said to herself quietly so no one heard her – but again with force that matched her anxiety, “With an interrupting boss like this, how can I get my work done?”

    A.T. was there 101% all day, rejoicing at this opportunity to take another big step toward what she was really passionate about, “that above average lifestyle for the family she loved!”  Just like Non Nomine, her day crescendoed at day’s end when she wrote in her planner with great satisfaction:

    Three months later when the boss has to promote someone, who do you think takes another step toward what she is really passionate about?

    SECRET 6:
    The Most Successful People
    use the Freedom Secret to turn
    interruptions into opportunities.

    Problem/Challenge of this Blog: Too Many InterruptionsMost jobs have interruptions of one kind or another.  At times, if there were no interruptions, there would be no job.  The Freedom Secret can turn all interruptions into opportunities like A.T. did here.

    Benefits of this Blog: Turning all Interruptions into OpportunitiesYou like A.T. can use the Freedom Secret to turn all interruptions into opportunities.  But note, using SECRET 6 is much more effective when you have Secrets 1 through 5 implemented.

    Leave us a comment.  How can you use the Freedom Secret?