Focus

one thing at a timeFocus on one thing at a time

I never really understood why people brag about their ability to multi-task.

They really can’t do it. No one can.

Brain science indicates that at best we can do two things – and one half of our brain will keep track of one thing while the other keeps track of the other.

But add in a third thing and all bets are off!

Productivity studies have demonstrated that when you attempt to multi-task everything takes longer.

Yes, every single ting takes longer to do.

So stop it. Do one thing. Finish it. Then do the next thing.

 

© Terry Monaghan, 2013 ~ All Rights Reserved

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Unsubscribe

clutterUnsubscribe from newsletters you no longer read.

It is dreadfully easy to find yourself on 10-50-100 newsletter lists.

If they all publish once a week, that’s an extra 10-50-100 emails each week (520 – 2600 – 5200 each year).

Let’s face it, none of them is important enough to interrupt your job on a daily basis.

It’s a good practice to re-evaluate the newsletters and ezines you are receiving. Tell the truth – are you reading it? Are you interested in the topic? Are you feeling guilty for NOT reading it?

Unsubscribe from those you don’t read or are not interested in.

Also unsubscribe from those you didn’t subscribe to in the first place!

Clear out the clutter. Free up the space and energy for something more important.

 

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Manage interruptions

do not disturbIn the book “No BS Time Management for Entrepreneurs”, Dan Kennedy says “If they can’t find you, they can’t interrupt you.”

On average, you will be interrupted at least once every 6-8 minutes throughout your day – by the phone, by email, by text, by instant message, by someone stopping by your office.

When you really need to focus, make yourself unfindable for a while.

Turn off the phone (put it on ‘do not disturb’ mode), turn off the email, turn off the instant messaging, close the door or leave the office for a while to give yourself some uninterrupted time to think, plan, work.

The world will keep spinning without you, and you might actually get something really important done. 

 

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Focus on what you do brilliantly

1526397Imagine this: Your computer hard drive crashes. You hadn’t done a backup recently. Everything you need is on that computer. What do you do?

Do you spend days researching how to recover lost data (days when you are not doing your own job)?

Then, do you attempt to recover your lost data on your own (potentially making it truly unrecoverable)?

Or, do you call the computer repair guy and let him/her handle it quickly and thoroughly?

Unless your business and expertise is computer repair you have NO business trying to do this yourself.

You might actually succeed, but it will take you at least 5 times longer than the expert.

That will be hours and hours away from what you actually do to make money.

False economies will never save you time (or money).

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Schedule focused blocks of time

timeblocksWe’ve all had the experience of thinking something will take 30 minutes only to discover that it really took us 2 hours from start to finish.

Often this is because we are allowing ourselves to be distracted or interrupted in the middle of the task or project.

Or, we keep shifting from the phone to the computer to some research to looking for a file to getting a cup of coffee… (insert your own activity here).

Try blocking time for phone calls – and make all your calls during that block of time.

Or, block time for lunch and actually leave your desk (radical thought, I know).

Even a 15 minute block, uninterrupted, will make a difference in your day.

 

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The dance of the entrepreneur – 3 steps forward 2 steps back

Focus

How often have you found yourself in this place: You have created your goals. You have created your plan to get to the goals. You have begun taking the actions outlined in your plans.

And then, you run into a road block or a detour. Things are not going exactly as planned. That contract you just knew you were going to get falls through. The meetings you had scheduled weeks ago get canceled for one reason or another. Cash flow isn’t quite where you really want it to be. Etc.

What do you do then?

Do you let yourself fall into that downward spiral of doubt? Do you question whether you should even be doing what you are doing? Do you listen to the endless parade of thoughts as if they are true?

Or, do you keep yourself focused on the goal? Do you look at what is the next appropriate action to take to get to the goal, and take that action? Do you talk with an accountability partner about where you are and what you are up against? Do you work with your coach?

Many sources point out that you attract to you what you focus on the most (especially when you add emotion to it). We have all seen how when we have a pity party, we get far more evidence for why we should be pitied. What we don’t pay so much attention to is that the reverse is also true. The more we focus on what we want, the more of what we want we will actually have.

Really, which would you rather have? More of what you want? Or, more of what you don’t want? Duh!

Where are you focusing? It is your choice, after all.

(c) 2011, Terry Monaghan

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