Focus Question: What do you notice about the messy middle?
We’re officially getting to the middle of the series. A term I love to embrace is that of the Messy Middle. As you step into the mid-point of the year, what do you notice? Are things picking up or are you losing some momentum?
In my studies in cognitive psychology years ago at McGill, one of the things I still remember, which has informed my entire career since first hearing 30 years ago is that of the LATENCY and RECENCY effects. Our brains remember the start and end of things. Everything in the middle is “messy”. We may not remember or even know what it is.
According to Scott Belsky, author of The Messy Middle, the first part of any journey is called the First Mile. It can be useful to return to this regularly. This will include a focus on:
It’s likely that at this time of year you may find yourself moving through the messy middle. It may be characterized by less traction, lack of focus or a different energy.
What do you notice about the energy and focus of the mid-point of this year?
Consider what’s going to help you get traction from the Messy Middle?
What’s important to you at this phase?
For more on this topic check out:
The Monthly Daily Trackers are a great visual tool to view what’s happening in your work and business. What do you notice about the data and trends?
There are twelve sets of Monthly Daily Trackers and twelve sets of Monthly Content Trackers in the planner section.
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Focus Question: What gets you motivated as a remote worker?
Motivation usually has several components – internal and external factors.
Internal factors include our own preferences. We do something because we love to do it or want to learn. External factors are when we do something because of an external impact – we are going to get rewarded, or praised, or even punished.
What drives you? Where do you get your motivation in work?
Regardless of the source, knowing what motivates us, and what doesn’t, is critical for remote workers. While we work autonomously, if we are not self-motivated, it can have an impact.
What are the elements which are going to keep you moving forward, and excited, with your work? What’s going to get you out of bed in the morning? What’s going to replace the water cooler talk?
Self-motivation can be critical for remote workers given that we are working in isolation.
Take some time this week to think about the things that have helped you move projects across the finish line. From this list below, what were the factors which helped you?
Questions to consider:
For more on this:
Check out the Iceberg exercise in section 1 of PlanDoTrack and Coaching Business Builder.
Be clear on what your motivators are. Inquire about others on your team.
Some additional resources around motivation include writing from authors including:
Maslow, Daniel Pink - Drive
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The Remote Pathways blog follows many of the themes we explore in the Remote Pathways Podcast. This year (2020) we're proud to bring you a 52 week-series for you to follow along throughout the year. Posts are penned by co-host Jennifer Britton, an avid award-winning blogger for many years. Jennifer is the author of five books. Visit her author page on Amazon.