Okay, if you had to suggest what the “biggest” problem most people have in their business life, what would your answer be? I’m sure you could come up with a long laundry list of possible answers, but to me, there is probably one major issue that most people have in their day to day lives. And unfortunately, it’s not going to get any easier as our wired and social world becomes more complicated.
Robert Brault said, “Life is short, God’s way of encouraging a bit of focus.”
Yes, if I had to offer one suggestion that most people have trouble with in business (or life in general) it’s our lack of focus! Emphasis, “our!” I include myself in this daily dilemma, because many times my good intentions fall way too short, because of my day becoming out of focus. We’ve all been there, and we have all started out with many goals, plans and ideas, only to retire to bed wondering what went wrong, and asking why we did not achieve our planned objectives for the day?
Here are my four suggestions to help you stay focused and make your day more productive:
- Plan Your Day! Make a list of what you need to accomplish today, and make sure the list is visible to you as much as possible. I suggest writing your goals on a legal pad, and leaving this on your desk as a reminder of what your day is all about.
- Time Block Your Day. Okay, its great to plan your day. Even to write your goals and activities on paper, but if you do not commit any part of your day to working on those plans, you’re out of focus! Write a number (representing the minutes allotted) next to each task, and dedicate the time to either work on this project, or complete it.
- Evaluate Your Day. It’s great to plan your day, and even better to block out time to work on your daily projects, but how focused are you on succeeding with your business? In other words, are you working on the right stuff! Here’s a excellent way to evaluate whether or not you’re working on the right kind of work. Take a green highlighter and while looking over your list of to do’s, highlight everything that will help you make money with your business. If not, begin to incorporate more prospecting and ideas into your daily plan that can help you stay on the right track.
- Unplug Yourself! Sometimes you have to unplug yourself electronically to stay focused on getting things done throughout your day. Let’s face it, with Facebook, Twitter, the internet and cell phones (just naming a few of our electronic distractions) staying focused can be a daunting task. Just while writing this blog post I have been bombarded with text messages and Skype chats that have made it difficult to focus on writing about staying focused. Do yourself a favor, unplug for a period of time each day to get your work done.