As mentioned several times in this blog, majority of job activities are characterized by an high percentage of operational tasks, based on pure execution that requires important focus. I have often referred to a new form of Taylorism, clearly not into industrial sense but more in terms of operations. Anxiety can be a kind of response to delivery’s demand (http://goo.gl/d66ADf) and find your own mental order could be core. Probably a to-do-list, so recording tasks through a digital tool or on paper, allows you to save cognitive resources giving more resources to process external stimuli.
More than being focused on how to create lists (http://goo.gl/sERBbX ), I would focus on another aspect. Who usually reads my blog, knows that I’m not a fan of what is called the comfort zone (http://goo.gl/YtG1ox ); then, I’d like to move eyes on what I call the routine zone, a sort of structure that everyone tries to create aiming to achieve greater comfort during working tasks’ execution. Establishing a routine reduces stress allowing cognitive resources to be dedicated to other activities; creating a routine also leads to lowering attention span. In short, our brain is always working for cognitive resources cautious allocation. Clearly when comfort routine is set, higher is the chance of underestimating what you’re doing. I am not now saying something counterproductive like, “Well, now you’ve found your operational tasks’s order, let crash it again”, but trying to create awareness on this point. There is clearly a junction between the so called comfort zone and routine zone, but as already mentioned in my other post, comfort zone concept is “daughter” of external judgment (whether the boss or colleagues); in the case of routine zone we are masters of our tasks because we create our environment. Routine zone is where an individual has space to improve, learn, being creative and innovative in what he/she is doing and evaluate himself/herself.