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.