Athletes warm up for competition by practising in short, intense bursts the skills that they are going to need, so why not warm up for the most challenging activities at work?
Going into a project brainstorming session – warm up your creative process first with a random object/word association game.
Decision making meeting – perform some fast complex decision-making tasks.
Coaching a colleague – clear your ‘stuff’ first, tune in to the environment around you, sharpen your listening skills.
The trick is to take you away from what you were doing before and get your brain re-familiarised with the skill you going to ask it to perform.