What important activity did you intend to complete by the end of the day/week/month but you didn’t finish. Or possibly didn’t even start? Sound familiar?
Yes it happens to us all. We start the day with great intentions but it doesn’t take long before we become distracted by something else demanding our attention. Our lives are filled with a multitude of important, essential and trivial things to do. It is not surprising that we easily lose focus and side-track down a different path towards a different outcome.
The fact is if that if you don’t have a plan with deliberate focus, all your time and energy will be lost to daily routine and those unexpected problems.
So how do you extract yourself from the busy demands of daily life to focus on the difference that makes the difference?
Firstly, choose a wildly important goal for the week.
Decide on what it is you most want to achieve. Make it real by visualising the outcome.
Secondly, decide exactly what action you need to take.
Think of all the things you could do, and then decide exactly what you will do and by when.
Thirdly, use numbers to track your progress
You want to win, right? Then use numbers to keep score and evaluate your progress. Ensure you use lead measures to help you influence the outcome.
Fourthly, make yourself accountable
Being committed and accountable will you motivated and on track. Write down what you want to achieve and share it with others to help you maintain focus.
The everyday stuff will still be there constantly needing your attention. However when you focus on the really important stuff, it will no longer absorb all your time and energy.
So what is the wildly important goal you are going to focus on this week?
Jenny Johnson, CDI London Business Coach