How To Stay Focussed On The Most Important Things
Today’s topic is not proving to be an easy one.
It’s not easy is because I’m doing my bestest to make my posts in this challenge relatable to you. And I’m not sure how discussing what things I’ll put in place to stay focussed in MY business may be relevant to you.
Because maybe you don’t have your own business. Maybe you don’t even want your own business.
But stick with me as I try and make it applicable. And introduce you to two people who’ve had a big influence on how I approach work and life in general.
Specifically the purpose of this post is to help me (you) identify some ways that ensure I get the most important things done each day.
Because when you work from home on your laptop, or you’re not locked into a schedule, there are endless other things to distract and tempt you away from your work.
Like a messy house that screams at you to be tidied. Or a 19 year old who doesn’t get out of bed until midday. Who sometimes needs a kick up the bum.
Whether you work for yourself or not, we all seem to be dealing with the many of the same themes these days.
- too much to do
- lots of distractions
- a fair amount of procrastination
The way I see it is when stuff is urgent you get it done. When there’s a deadline there’s no procrastination. Spending six or seven hours every day this week trying to finish a post has been testament to that.
Like yesterday I sat for five hours straight working on my post without eating or changing out of my sweaty yoga clothes.
And all week I’ve walked through a room full of the crap I emptied out of the drawers from four rooms of my house, where it sat like a bomb had exploded. Until Friday afternoon.
The difficulty can be deciding what’s the most important thing when nothing is urgent.
There are always 50 things we can all be doing at any given time that feel important right?
But what I’m thinking now after writing and deleting thousands of words today is this: maybe there are two kinds of people and there need to be two approaches here.
Some people do better writing lists, setting goals. Using systems and mapping things out.
And the rest of us do better tending to how we feel so we can be a bit more loose and spontaneous about it all.
Is this the way it is?
One person whose ideas are in alignment with mine is Marc Allen. His success encourages me to stick to my go with the flow approach.
He’s written several best selling books teaching people his lazy method to manifesting. He likes to sleep in and never works Mondays or weekends. Like!
I love his promise that you don’t have to be up at the crack of dawn and slave away all day. Through mostly visualisation, affirmation and mindset you can achieve anything.
Another person who’s had an especially big impact on my life in the past year is Gay Hendricks.
He’s all about finding your genius and pushing through your limitations. He coaches some of the world’s most successful CEOs, who he says, also have limits and self sabotaging tendencies.
The thing that impacted me most from in his book The Big Leap is this: You need to work out what you love doing the most and do it every day. That way you’re always getting yourself into the right space to access your inner genius.
Importantly, you should do it first thing. Before you put washing on or tidy the house. Before the day gets away from you.
For the moment this is the approach that seems to work best for me and I’m sticking to it.
Who knows, maybe I’ll need some systems down the track when things take off. But I’m hoping I can stick to my lazy, spontaneous method where mindset and enjoyment come first and everything else falls into place. Where the work I choose is also what I love doing most. Am I dreaming?