Taking performance to the next level

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<p>Florence Parot offers her tips on how you can improve the performance of yourself and your team with simple techniques and practices that don't cost you time or money.</p>

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Back in March, I finished my blog on wellbeing at work and performance saying there was some urgency in implementing into companies strategies that encourage all employees to learn how to manage our energy so that we are at our best when we need it most.  I also gave you just a few ideas to get you started on the way.

How many have you tried?  How many have you shared or put in place in the workplace?  I was talking to a thriving business owner the other day and she was telling me “all this is well and good Florence but how do you do it practically, what does it look like in the real world?  I do not have time to put anything else into place in my life, it is too full as it is!”

That’s where the good news is, performance techniques do not take more of your time, if you actually put them in place, they will save you some and give you more energy while you are at it.

So, to answer her question, I thought I would give you a few simple practical ideas to take your performance and the performance of your team to the next level:

  • Switch off for a few minutes at the very least every two hours: for a few seconds, close your eyes, unclench your jaw, let your shoulders drop and breathe out loudly.
  • Take a break BEFORE you are tired!
  • Slow down, speed is does not always mean efficiency but can lead to major mistakes.
  • Waiting = compulsory relaxation time.
  • Switch off in the evening: turn off all electronic devices at least 1/2 hour before going to bed and go to bed as soon as you feel tired.
  • Notice how tense you can get and make a point of relaxing
  • Check your emails maximum four times a day.
  • Alternate intense days of work with more relaxed ones.
  • Do the hardest thing first in the morning.
  • Have at least one hour a day to focus 100 percent; do not allow any interruptions or distractions.
  • Breathe more deeply: take at the very least three very deep breaths when you wake up and when you go to bed.
  • Be mindful, do one thing at a time, for instance, while walking, focus on your feet, on breathing, not on what you were doing before or what you are going to talk about just after.
  • Take time to listen to how you are feeling while breathing, driving, arriving home, eating…
  • Know your limits
  • Do more of what you love: what recharges you?  When did you last do it?
  • And one more for the road, last but not least: have more laughs!

About Florence Parot

Enlightened Strategies for Peak Performance

Florence is an international expert in Stress and Sleep management, a Performance Coach and Sophrology* Practitioner.

She works with executives who need to perform at a high level and face pressures and challenges on an everyday basis. She teaches them practical tools and strategies to be at their best when they need it most, know how to “switch off” and “on” at will, remain in control, have energy, focus, a clear head and build resilience. With methods similar to those used by Olympians, she helps her clients develop the brain power of a corporate athlete: their mind at its best!

Florence worked in high-performance environments within Strategy Consulting and International Logistics before training as a Sophrology Practitioner and a Coach. She has been running her own business for 8 years. In 2010, Florence opened the first Sophrology training centre in the UK, The Sophrology Academy, recognised in 2013 as a centre of excellence by the profession.

Florence is a member of the Editorial Committee of the French magazine “Sophrologie, Pratiques et Perspectives” and blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and Psychologies Magazine’s Life Labs. She published her first book: Instant Serenity for Life and Work: An Introduction to Sophrology in 2012 and wrote as the burnout expert for Guide de Sophrologie Appliquée, a book directed at Sophrology professionals in France in 2014.

* Sophrology is a very modern and flexible form of mindfulness used in companies, schools and hospitals on the continent for 50+ years to achieve an alert mind in a relaxed body.

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