This month in the Community Manager's Minute with Julie Adamen, Julie talks about something that affects a LOT of CAMs and people in related businesses as well - STRESS. She gives some great tips about dealing with it, one of which is to stay focused. Julie illustrates that point in quite possibly the most entertaining video so far in her second installment on distraction. Don't miss these great videos!
Let's face it. As much as we may love Community Association Management, it can be a stressful job. Maybe not as stressful as brain surgeons or heads of state experience, but we get our fair share of it.
In this video, Julie reveals the secret that successful people in high stress positions use to deal with stress: They become masters of compartmentalization through intentional focus. Here's how you can do the same:
Focus on whatever you are doing at that time.
Take any issues not related to your present focus and put them in a mental compartment.
When your mind wanders off task, bring it right back to what you are doing.
It almost seems too simple, but as Julie points out, by giving the current task 100% of your attention, you are doing your best on that topic, so your work is not compromised, and therefore you are not stressed!
And speaking of focus... I need more coffee.
In what is simultaneously the most entertaining and the best illustration of how easily distractions can take over your day and slow down your productivity, Julie tackles the topic of dealing with distractions. Here are the takeaways:
Focus on what you are doing, giving it your full attention.
Get your coffee ahead of time.
Turn off the phone.
Stay away from Facebook.
Go out, do what you do, and do it well.
What do you think?
Do you have a hard time staying focused? What techniques have worked for you? Share it in the comments!
Julie Adamen has been in the Common Interest Development industry since 1987. In 1997 she formed Adamen Inc., a consulting and employment firm specializing in the community management industry. Ms. Adamen is a nationally known author, speaker and trainer in community management. She is also the publisher of The HOA Manager NewsLine, an industry newsletter featuring forward-looking articles and job opportunities with a monthly circulation of over 12,000+. She can be reached through her website, www.adamen-inc.com.