Nobody likes complainers — the people who always have something negative to say. And in the workplace, constant complaints have negative consequences that reach into multiple areas of productivity, camaraderie, leadership and culture. One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.
The online Cambridge dictionary defined collaboration as the situation where two or more people work together to achieve the same thing.
Collaboration can occur between people working in diverse areas such as research projects,music production, film production and even start-up enterprises.
The reason for collaboration is to fast track the achievement of better solutions than ordinarily what one person can accomplish.
According to Bob Mudge, “Collaboration is no longer just a strategy: it is the key to long-term business success and competitiveness. Businesses that realize this sooner rather than later, will be the ones who win the game and succeed in the new global economy.” Many of us recognize intellectually that we need others’ knowledge to solve big problems, yet we still lack the motivation to collaborate.
According to Heidi and Herminia,”Collaboration is a way of working that attracts and involves people outside one’s formal control, organization, and expertise to accomplish common goals”.
Heidi and Herman believed that the two of the biggest barriers to collaboration are ignorance about others’ expertise and mistrust in their ability to meet required expectations. They also believed that building good network can help solve both problems.
Many of today’s most important challenges are so complex and multifaceted that they can only be tackled by teams of experts from disparate domains. To solve them, professionals must be able to harness ideas, people, and resources from across disciplinary and organizational boundaries. Finding a first project to work on is the best way to start.
Heidi K. Gardner and Herminia Ibarra
Life is such that we strive from our early days to become successful and many of us have invested thousands of hours in to various work and talents to improve our lives and financial conditions. But the Newtons third law of motion which states that “actions and reaction are equal and opposite” does not automatically apply to success as in physics. As we travel along our life-cycle, it becomes clear that it is not all the quantity of energy we invested actually resulted in increased profitability or productivity as some percentage of them were invested in things we did not plan or things that interrupted what we planned.
Definition of Distraction
The Oxford dictionary defined distraction as a thing that prevents someone from concentrating on something else.
Causes of distractions
Lack of discipline
Disciplined culture is great tool to fight distraction. Ensuring that we are disciplined to start and finish our work go a long way to reduce distractions and enables us to follow through on rules we set to achieve our desired goals . Lack of discipline on the other hand makes us veer off the tangent and leads to incomplete or poorly finished works that will ultimately reduce our productivity.
Lack of Planning and prioritization
An African proverb states that , “ you should look for your missing black goat in the daylight or it will be too late in the night when the color of the goat will blend with the color of the night “
Lack of planning and prioritization makes us to start working on our low valued goals first instead of concentrating on our most valuable goals that will make most impact on our bottom lines .
Learning to perform the more arduous tasks first, ensures that we have maximum return on our energy and frees up time for less important tasks later, therefore ,minimizing the distraction that would have stoppedthe important tasks in the first place.
The surroundings or conditions in which a person, lives or operates can be a source of distraction.
Those that work in crowded areas need to increase their concentration and focus to avoid distractions more than those that work in closed offices. It is therefore, very important to work in environment that will enhance our productivity or develop ourselves to be able to tune out the distractions where we have little or no choice in order to maintain our level of productivity
When we have exhausted our energy but could not have proper rest and sleep before engaging on new projects, we are bound to be distracted as we will be weary and wishing for sleep or rest.
Consequently, for us to perform well, we have to observe proper rest and sleep to be alert and maintain focus and so overcome distractions.
Those who are extroverted are more prone to be distracted that introverts. The extrovert finds it difficult to maintain focus for longer period of time than introverts who loves routine work and can enjoy working on a project for longer period of time
Mobile phone makes it easy to reach out to people and people to reach us anywhere and anytime. This property makes it a tool for distraction as we keep getting e- mails, text messages calls at time we scheduled for other busy tasks. To minimize the distraction, it is advised to switch off the mobile device or put them in silence when doing busy work.
The total amount of time we spend on social media is on increase and could serve as distractions.
To avoid such distraction, one should set time probably at the end of the day to check on friends and chat with them
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In today world that high productivity is not just the decisive factor to becoming successful but is obligatory for continued growth and development , little attention is paid to the consequences of not observing the proportionate amount of rest after putting in very long hours on the job to keep the body functioning optimally.
We all certainly not just believe that hard work pays, but are constantly encouraged to work long hours to achieve and even surpass our set goals to remain relevant and competitive in our various endeavors. We accept as true that resilience is when we work until there is no more strength left in us.
The brutal reality is that if we achieve all our goals without observing the needed balance to give rest to our bodies , we are doing our self disservice to be unproductive as time goes on.
Whether you are an athlete, entrepreneur, workplace employee or even a writer , you must set time to observe your rest and have proper amount of sleep to keep the body functioning properly.
According to Spiegel, “Chronic sleep debt is becoming increasingly common and affects millions of people in more-developed countries”.
This day, the full demand of our jobs makes many of us to deprive ourselves of sleep and enough rest in order to get more things done. Tiredness steel more from us because it impairs our attention. Added to the stress of our jobs is the fact that most of us spend a large chunk of our resting time to stay active on the social media.
According to Hans, “Even modest amounts of sleep loss lead to increased sleepiness on the job, during the commute, and at home – jeopardizing productivity, safety, and well-being. Individual differences in these effects are substantial”.
Therefore, rest is necessary so that the brain and the muscles can repair, rebuild, and strengthen our bodies.
For us to be more productive and healthy, we have to ensure that our bodies and minds recover from the everyday obligations imposed by our demanding jobs
When we wake up in the morning after a good night sleep ,we tend to be more attentive, more happy and more willing to solve daunting problems.
For us to achieve true recovery, we need to need not only to rest when we get home and lie down to sleep but also devise plans to give our brains some time to recuperate after activities that are strenuous during the day time.
We should ensure that we create time everyday for activities that will help us to relax like playing sports, dancing or playing our favorite music ; reading our favorite novels, watching comedies or even meditation. All we need to do is to find interesting stuffs that we like that will completely take our minds off the stress of work at the duration we set for our selves
Therefore for us to continue to be productive , we have to remember that we need to know when to stop and recharge our systems in order to recover and be able to face the next obligation with maximum concentration and as a result achieve the right balance between productivity and rest and feel good about ourselves and our work.
Spiegel K, Leproult R Van Coulter E
Impact of sleep debt on metabolic and endocrine function, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
Hans P.A Van , PhD., Human Sleep and Cognition Laboratory
National Center for Biochemical Information