A major key to success is FOCUS.
A common misconception is the belief that “multi-tasking” (a.k.a. doing many things at once) is a desirable skill.
Sure, there may be times when life requires you to balance multiple projects and activites, but in actuality, doing multiple things at the same time can dilute your focus, create stress, and delay the accomplishment of all your goals.
Our minds are powerful. Where our “focus goes, grows.” Whatever we put our attention on expands. There is power when you focus your mind on one thing.
Here is a good analogy: when I was a kid, I conducted a science experiment by using a magnifying glass to burn a hole in a leaf using only the suns rays. I held the glass steady for a period of time while focusing the suns rays on to the leaf. This concentrated focus of energy enabled me to ignite a small flame to burn the leaf. If I would have had 4 leaves in front of me, and kept moving the magnifying glass on top of each one every couple of seconds, I would have never been able to harness enough energy to spark a flame. The same holds true with your focus.
When working on a project or goal, one recommendation to successfully complete it would be to use the acronym: F.O.C.U.S. – Follow One Course Until Successful. A way to implement this would be to:
- Prioritize what you choose to get done, and have a measurement of what “complete” means to you for that day.
- If it’s a big project, break it down into segmented tasks.
- Block time (a.k.a. schedule periods of time) for the different segments you want to accomplish.
- Set a timer to alert you at either 30, 50, or 75 minute increments…however long you think it will take you to complete one segment of that project.
- When the timer goes off, give yourself a 10 minute break to stretch and refresh. Then start a new block of time with the next segmented task.
- When you are in your scheduled blocks of time, focus SOLEY on the task at hand and do your best to tune out interruptions.
You will find that in the long run, you will be able to accomplish more, in less time.
Have a focused week!