My goodness is it just me or are you noticing in the highly social and digital world we live in it’s EXTREMELY challenging to stay focused. And listen, I’m all for more innovation, more technology, more access and more resources but I find it a blessing and a curse. It’s great to have more options but it’s a struggle to not give in to the bright and shiny objects whispering “look over here” or “come to me” or “ look at me” or “buy me” ….
Do you ever find yourself sucked in? Do you often drift? Do you find it challenging to focus? I mean it’s an amazing time to be alive but DARN IT there is so much going on that TODAY YOU MUST HAVE a rock-solid ability to keep your eyes on what’s most important or it’s easy to fall victim to everything else demanding your attention at home at work at school or wherever.
If this is speaking to you… if you wake up sucked in to all that’s going on in the world through the many entry points like Radio, TV, Telephone, Social Media, Email, etc. allow me to share three things you might consider to regain control at the beginning of the day so you can have more focus:
Don’t open the door
Don’t open the door is an analogy I use to describe what happens when you wake up in the morning and open email, open Facebook, open Twitter, open Periscope, open Instagram, open LinkedIn, etc. Now these are all great resources; however, if this is part of your morning routine but you find yourself currently in overwhelm, chances are this is not serving you. It’s not working for you. The reason I vote against opening door to early in the morning is because we have the most clarity and control first thing in the morning but you kill it when you open the door and let others in too soon. It’s like leaving the front door of your home open so flies can come in and distract you. Leaving the front door of your home open is like leaving a welcome mat out for thieves to come in and steal your valuables (i.e. your attention, your mind, your agenda and most of all your time). Consider being more deliberate about what time you are “open for business/open for guest”.
If you wake up in the morning and run to the news but find yourself currently in overwhelm the moment you get to work, know that this daily routine of yours MAY NOT BE WORKING FOR YOU. Consider exchanging what you take in first thing in the morning from bad news to good news or some other high value deposit i.e. something educational or motivational. Just 10 minutes a day to read something positive from a book or an article or perhaps you can listen in and while getting ready for the day or on your commute to wherever you go in the morning. It’s as simple as a 10-minute investment in yourself rather than something that has little or no return other than information. Make that deposit in to your “personal” bank account.
Plan in Advance
If you wake up in overwhelm, not sure where to start, or find yourself making moment-by-moment decisions from the time you wake up, it is safe to say you probably don’t operate from a plan. If that is the case, do you realize a simple plan will help you resolve overwhelm and draw your attention to what’s most important? Before you go to bed at night take 10 minutes to think about what you need to accomplish the following day and take another 5 minutes to commit your top three goals to paper. It’s as simple as that… the benefit is waking up clear and focused rather than confused and scattered.
So #BOOM there it is… my free will offering to you. Now you may or may not agree with me and that’s ok. My best practices are for you ONLY if you wake up overwhelmed, confused, scattered, without an agenda, itinerary or plan and you are not sure where to start. To master the art of focus you must take control of your morning. I’d love to hear from you. If this info was useful, Click here to comment.
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