time management

The Most Important Tool

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If you want to accomplish, succeed, develop, grow, change, deliver, achieve, manifest, or collect, the one tool you need to do that is focus. Focus is a game changer. And — it would be fair to say — that without focus, not much happens.

Here are some focus tips you might find helpful. (I use these and so do my coaching clients.)

HOW TO FOCUS

  • At first, don’t try to focus. Just implement ways to improve your focus.

  • Look closely at your distractions, and figure out why you’re distracted by them.

  • Determine (the night before) what one item to focus on first thing in the morning.

  • If you simply cannot make yourself focus, you might just need a break.

  • Know that for every minute of focus, you’re moving forward on your goal.

If you can master focus, I promise that you will accomplish, succeed, develop, grow, change, deliver, achieve, manifest, or collect what it is you want.

If you need anything, just email me. I’m always here to help.

Not Real Impressive

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It's hard to tell, but that is a picture of one of those blue index cards you buy at an office supply store. I realize it's not much to look at, but, I get more work done with it —  than without it. It is my #1 tool to help me stay focused, and move forward on a project.

The side you're looking at is what I do first thing in the morning — when I sit in front of my computer in my home office. On the back side, I list what to do when I take a break, and what to do after work.

Why does this work? Because I've tried everything else. I've learned, that it helps me to know — going into a new day — what's important for me to move forward on. And, because I can get distracted with research-type activities, my card shows me what to jump to when that happens.

Don't be tricked, though. Even though what's on that card is short and sweet, there's so much to it. For example, for me to follow that blue index card — and book my own speaking event — there are many major steps that need to happen (not to mention hours of research for venues, help, material, and marketing).

Bottom line...it's not real impressive, but it works. If you need anything, just email me. I'm always here to help. 

Self Habits

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Time management isn't about time. Time management is all about self-management. In other words, know what's most important to you, and do that first. 

Also, get good at recognizing those habits that are unproductive, and end up wasting your valuable time.  

When you find yourself engaged in an activity that is nothing more than a diversion, tell yourself, "Get back to what's important." This is a valuable message for anyone wanting to complete a goal, or move forward in life.

If you need anything, just email me. I'm always here to help.

Watch Your Time Closely

Time management isn't about time -- it's about self management. Know what is most important to you and do that first. 

Become aware of habits that are unproductive and use up your valuable time.  When you find yourself engaged in an activity that is nothing more than a diversion, tell yourself, "Get back to what is important." 

If you need anything, just email me. I'm always here to help.

It's Hypnotic

Here's a question I want you to think about: What makes your day difficult? In other words, on a very basic level, what keeps you from doing what you need to do?

I realize that every day is different and that each day comes with its share of difficulties, but I want you to focus on the difficulty (difficulties) that seem to run through most days.

As you answer this question, is there a pattern? Is it lack of time? No help from others? An overall sense of stress? An inability to stay on track? Money shortage? 

Or, did you notice that there is no pattern? Meaning, you seem to always just end up at the close of another day thinking, "What the heck happened?" (When my days end that way, I feel like a hot mess.) 

Pattern or no pattern, daily difficulties happen. And, it's your daily difficulties that can keep you stuck. You're stuck because you keep staring at the same problems over and over and over like you glare at a bright, shiny object.

I like to describe this as being 'transfixed'. And, while being transfixed can feel like you're moving in the right direction of overcoming the difficulty and moving on, the opposite is happening. The truth is, you're actually stuck. 

And why are you stuck? Because when you're transfixed, everything else gets blocked out. You can't see answers. You can't see solutions. You can't hear someone's encouragement. You can't think anything else. You only see the difficulty.

Here's how to remedy being stuck:
1)  Realize when you're in the trance
2)  Break the trance by focusing elsewhere
3)  Look for (another) solution

You're probably wondering how you do that? Well, the answer is so simple! For example, let's say you're at your desk and in your mind you're freaking out over how little time you have to finish your report. 

It's then -- in that moment -- that you recognize that (1) you're transfixed on the stress of having little time. (2) You break the trance by telling yourself, "If I'm short time, me worrying about lack of time takes precious time from completing my project. (3) I will focus, now, back on finishing my project."

I know you're probably thinking, well that won't work. But, trust me, it works. Try it. The next time you're in the middle of your difficulty I recommend you realize it, break it, and apply a solution. 

So, what do you do if you can't find (another) solution? Well, don't worry about that. At least you broke the trance and you don't feel stuck. And that's a great feeling right there.

If you need anything, just email me. I'm always here to help. ⚅⚄