What You'll Discover In This Episode:
So, you’ve got this big project on your plate. I mean BIG. Game-changing even. A project you know you can knock out of the park and use to reach a ton of clients. That is, IF you can get it done this week. The deadline is looming and you need to focus like never before.
So, you block out time on your calendar to work on the project throughout the week, promising to show up for yourself and your business as scheduled. Ten minutes into working on the project, you hear an email notification buzz. You look over at your phone. It’s just Target, marketing another sale. You dive back into your work but catch yourself periodically wondering: how big of a sale is it?… are those shoes I was eyeing going to be half off? How about kids’ sporting gear? Timmy needs a new baseball glove after all…
It’s difficult to put your thoughts in check so you open the email to put your questions to rest. You finally get back into your focused zone… only to be zapped out 15 minutes later when your phone rings. You look over. It’s your second cousin calling to do his monthly check-in. You make the quick decision to return his call later. Once again, your mind wanders a bit… Doesn’t he know it’s a workday?… He doesn’t respect my work hours… ugh… No! I’ve got to focus. You return to the level of focus you were at but not until minutes later when inevitably, an incoming text message dings. You drop your head back and utter an unpleasant sigh. Can’t I just do my work?
The reality is life will throw you many, many distractions throughout your workday. Whether or not you allow them to sabotage you and your important work though, is up to you and the choices you make.
Out of all the strategies out there to help you stay focused, be efficient, and show up your best, some would have you run before you can even crawl. As logic tells us though, you’ve got to crawl before you can walk and walk before you can run. Yes, we all want to learn the meaty, robust strategies that will help you accomplish the important work that demands your focus, but don’t discount simple foundational strategies that have a high impact. Strategies like the one I’m about to share with you today.
In this episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I dive into how doing just this ONE DAMN THING will make everything else in your business easier, help you stay in your focused zone for much longer, and increase your efficiency so you can get your most important work done on schedule!