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Productivity issues are a universal plague among executives and busy professionals. As it turns out, neuroscientists have discovered that productivity, mental agility, and decision-making are all functions of brain chemistry. This is good news for those who have been led to believe that they didn’t have the will power or right training to address their productivity challenges.
You have an impressive collateral: Creativity, sharp analysis, education and experience, quick thinking, synthesis, evaluation, and prediction skills. In short, the work of your brain, and your ability to get your expertise out of your brain and into reality, are your keys to success. You excel at critical thinking.
So, when you sense that the weapons in your professional arsenal are dulling, what can you do to recover your abilities? In the world of psychology, that set of abilities is called “executive function” – the part of your brain that monitors logical sequencing of behavior and helps you focus on the immediate task(s) ahead, despite distractions in your environment. Said in another way, executive function is the part of the brain that gets us from point “A” to point “B” in the shortest, most logical and organized way.
Executive function controls every decision you make, including which tasks you choose to delegate, how you troubleshoot organizational challenges, and how you craft your next memo. When professionals have problems with executive function, a chemical cascade in the brain often causes the challenge. Bad habits and crisis-style management actually change your brain chemistry, making it increasingly easier to live in professional dysfunction.
How can you snap out of it? Improving executive function is more than possible, with some specific shifts in paradigms. Executive function problems are unique to each person; solutions are not one-size-fits-all. We at Equinox are not clinically trained psychologists but we have worked side by side with cascading professionals for over twenty-five years. The most efficient way to deal with executive dysfunction is to work with an expert who can identify the core challenge, and then support you in designing and implementing a personalized, course correction for maximum productivity and minimal effort.
We have identified three hot-button areas for professions with executive dysfunction: SPACE or environment, TIME and habits, along with GOALS or planning. With its highly effective, propriety methodology, Equinox can evaluate your environment, management of time, planning, and brain function in concert to identify areas for improvement. Together we will create a plan for productivity success. Call today to find out how this process could support your work/life balance or book a complimentary session of exploration at meetwithkathleen.com.