Focus …

… on the one thing that is most important to you.

Cut out all other interruptions.

Adopt the one touch rule: if you touch a piece of paper (or anything for that matter) then action it. No excuses.

It works.

A clean desk helps. Your eyes wander…!

This is serious stuff.

Turn of your computer, your phone, iPad, shut the door (literally or otherwise) and focus.

I have witnessed so many lawyers ‘stressed’ for fear of not keeping up – another client screaming at them to “Get it Done”. But what it normally boils down to is:

1. Inefficiency;

2. A lack of delegation;

3. A mental block;

4. Admitting that you have a problem;

5. Looking like a wimp – everyone seems to be cranking out 80 hour weeks – I should be no different.

But all of these can be overcome if you focus. Focus on what is most important now.

No, this is not another exposition of the Covey matrix – for all its simplicity – it’s just the best system that I have ever used.

Funny as it may seem, I always had a image of Maurice Green or Linford Christie (both 100 metre runners) in my mind when I thought of focus. Yes I could prowl, snarl and pace like Maurice but I wanted to get myself into the right frame of mind and in the grove.

Try it.

No I mean really try it.

If you have to work somewhere else to achieve a state of nirvana then do it.

~ JS ~


6 responses to “Focus …”

  1. Miriam Said says:

    When I had my own company I didn’t have the luxury of delegating work to anyone so I had to follow this list:

    1)Triage and prioritise.

    2) Put into piles of Urgent, Important and To Do Today (breaking the huge pile up into smaller chunks makes the task look less daunting).

    3) Do the Urgent items immediatley and don’t stop until the pile is finished.

    4) Have a break.

    5) Do the Urgent items and don’t stop until the pile is finished.

    6) Make any telephone calls that you need to make. Then have a break.

    7) Do the To Do Today pile. Triage this pile again and at the end of the day if there is anything left of this pile, it can go on top of the next days Urgent pile.

    If you keep being interrupted, turn the telephone’s ring volume down and put the answer phone on, do this for your mobile too.

    Put an out of office message on your e-mails and do not look at them until the end of the day.

    I quite often find that listening to an up beat song, or inspirational favourite tune, before I even start to work, helps to get me in the energised and focused zone to enable me to plough through work.

    As you finish each pile, congratulate yourself on doing all of that work and it makes it easier to keep going.

  2. Miriam Said says:

    When I had my own company I didn’t have the luxury of delegating work to anyone so I had to follow this list:

    1)Triage and prioritise.

    2) Put into piles of Urgent, Important and To Do Today (breaking the huge pile up into smaller chunks makes the task look less daunting).

    3) Do the Urgent items immediatley and don’t stop until the pile is finished.

    4) Have a break.

    5) Do the Urgent items and don’t stop until the pile is finished.

    6) Make any telephone calls that you need to make. Then have a break.

    7) Do the To Do Today pile. Triage this pile again and at the end of the day if there is anything left of this pile, it can go on top of the next days Urgent pile.

    If you keep being interrupted, turn the telephone’s ring volume down and put the answer phone on, do this for your mobile too.

    Put an out of office message on your e-mails and do not look at them until the end of the day.

    I quite often find that listening to an up beat song, or inspirational favourite tune, before I even start to work, helps to get me in the energised and focused zone to enable me to plough through work.

    As you finish each pile, congratulate yourself on doing all of that work and it makes it easier to keep going.

  3. I think we share the same modus operandi Miriam! I would recommend the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It deals with resistance as Seth Godin describes it. We know it as procrastination. My fav music varies but the best stuff gets to my soul real fast.

    regards
    Julian

  4. I think we share the same modus operandi Miriam! I would recommend the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It deals with resistance as Seth Godin describes it. We know it as procrastination. My fav music varies but the best stuff gets to my soul real fast.

    regards
    Julian

  5. Miriam Said says:

    Exactly Julian.

    If you have a pile of work you don’t really want to do, procrastination isn’t going to make it magically disappear. I have a little mantra which helps me get by:

    Step up.

    Just do it.

    Work on through it.

    Get it out of the way.

    When you’ve done it.

    That’s the fun bit.

    Time to go and play.

    In other words, tackle the work now and it won’t build up to such proportions that it means you are always working and not relaxing.

    It’s all about work/life balance.

    Just do it.

  6. Miriam Said says:

    Exactly Julian.

    If you have a pile of work you don’t really want to do, procrastination isn’t going to make it magically disappear. I have a little mantra which helps me get by:

    Step up.

    Just do it.

    Work on through it.

    Get it out of the way.

    When you’ve done it.

    That’s the fun bit.

    Time to go and play.

    In other words, tackle the work now and it won’t build up to such proportions that it means you are always working and not relaxing.

    It’s all about work/life balance.

    Just do it.

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