18 thoughts on “#018 NOTICE

  1. I noticed that we make things a lot harder than it has to be. All we have to do is to take the first step and see what happens.

  2. I noticed that being present and accepting helps me answers questions from people easily, without stress. I notice that when I notice deeply I see everyone as playing a part especially at work and there is nothing personal.
    I have also noticed that is I can control my breathing and make it deep I am able to make better decisions !

  3. I need to notice the process and notice the results. I also need to notice that I don’t know what situations to look out for.

    While cleaning the gutters:
    – Some areas were harder/more unsafe to get to than others
    – It took me around 4 hours to do it all for the first time costing me around 4 x $50p/h = $200.
    – The most leaves were just under the neighbour’s tree which has almost shed all its leaves now.
    – I didn’t have the tools to clean down the drain, where blockages could occur.

    I will check for the results when the next downpour of rain comes.

  4. I need to notice what client’s think of my work. This is limited as with one exception, I tend not to contact client’s more than once and month in reporting to them or when I otherwise need to.

  5. “All we have to do is to take the first step and see what happens.”
    Sounds like something a wise person would say.
    Is that the kind of strategy you use in your medical clinic, Kamyar?
    I imagine it would be helpful to some people.

  6. Noticing is definitely important in my line of work. A lot of times we get busy taking care of patients and forget to pay attention to the fundamentals. I remember a program director in my residency training that always said vital signs are vital. For example I had a patient few weeks back that was brought in by his mother because he wasn’t feeling well. When he came to our clinic my assistant forgot to take his temperature. Unfortunately he looked obtunded and as soon as I touched his hand I realized that’s his body was burning with fever and nobody had checked his temperature. I asked the nurse to check his temperature and other vital signs immediately. Sure enough, he had a temperature of 102 Fahrenheit with a pulse rate of 123 and low blood pressure which usually indicates the presence of septic shock. Noticing his hot clammy hand immediately alerted me to the fact that something is not right with this patient so we decided to send the patient to the emergency department for further evaluation and it turns out that patient had a severe case of blood poisoning due to urinary tract infection that spread to his kidneys and subsequently into his blood. He had to spend many days in the Intensive Care Unit and was finally with the right treatment did very well and subsequently discharged home in satisfactory condition.

  7. Something that comes up a lot in our work and in our family is ability to notice/acknowledge change for good or for worse. Often events are easily passed over which I’m sure has an impact on the people around us.

  8. Noticing is something I find hard to do sometimes and i have come to accept it. I always get run down with work, life that sometimes I don’t notice things. Yesterday I listened to the audio and I didn’t bother with the dfq on purpose. I wanted to notice things for a whole day. I took 5 minute breaks every hour at work just to simply notice. I noticed that not everything needs my attention and feedback, and sometimes things just, go along just fine. For better or for worse. I need to think on this.

    1. That’s an excellent experiment you did yesterday, Raj. Deliberately taking the 5-minute breaks in order to see what happens. This is how you can get value from the DFQs: by doing little experiments each day. Bravo!

  9. To reiterate the lesson, I’m a strong believer of fortune favours the prepared. I often describe my travel through life so far as “luck”, “falling into things” and “being in the right place at the right time”, but truthfully, I belle it has been the fact that when each opportunity arrives I have been prepared.

    The other day I noticed the benefit of being prepared in advance. I had a busy colleague ask if I had time (immediately) to discuss a complicated matter (which we had been meaning to make a time to discuss). If I hadn’t been prepared the meeting would have taken place days or weeks later. Instead, it was able to occur on the spot and a resolution reached.

    I do however need to begin noticing my “starts”, and potentially tracking them in the future. I believe this will increase my motivation to start in the future.

  10. Following a conversation earlier today, I noticed that we often use words we don’t mean or misinterpret. Sometimes, out of laziness, sometimes, out of expediency and, at times, it’s because we think that what we say matters little. Every word matters however. Every word reverberates in our minds, in the others’ minds, and leave an imprint that can last forever. I also noticed we’re not very aware of the later.

  11. To deliberate turn your attention to notice something is difficult. It is unnatural. Today, in an office seminar, I deliberately noticed other co-workers which I don’t usually pay much attention to. I was noticing their ideas, their reactions. Usually, I let my external environment determine which object or part I want to give notice to. But today I experimented on diverting my attention. Today, it was deliberately noticing other people, perhaps tomorrow I can turn my attention to the work of other teams.

  12. My busy-ness leads to disorganization, frantically attempting to complete tasks. I need to notice this happening. I also need to notice, I need to notice.

  13. Noticing others: One of the best opportunities to notice is during conversation. If I wait an extra few seconds before I put in my contribution and really concentrate on what is being said, then I hear more, and another beneficial effect is that my colleague feels heard and validated.
    Noticing myself: I can also listen to my own thoughts and avoid immediate reflex reactions to provocative situations. Noticing my internal reactions, labelling and acknowledging them, but waiting to get more information allows me to respond in a more constructive and adaptive way.

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