Day 17 Focus (2013 – revisited)

So how did everyone spend their Memorial Day Weekend? Yes, I know it ended on Monday but I unplugged virtually for the first time in a couple of years. OK sort of unplugged, no email, and limited Social Media and no blogging. But I did cheat a little. Come on have you read my profile? 🙂  So on Day 17 I discussed Focus. Seems like that is a key factor in succeeding but you may be surprised to find out that for some that is a really hard thing to do. They are constantly chasing “Shiny New Objects” and never can complete a project or get behind one clear thought. On the opposite end we also can’t determine for others what Focus means for them. I have a nephew who can watch TV, listen to music, and play a video game while doing his homework and yes his homework get’s done and it is correct. Also sometimes in order for me to focus I need background noise. This drives others a little crazy at times. But proof that everyone focuses a little differently but below are some helpful hints to help you focus. Enjoy!

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(Original Post -Posted on October 24, 2011)

One of the hardest things to do in today’s hectic environment is to focus. A recent article was shared on High Achievers Network by Doug Grady Focus

The title “4 Secrets To Get Focused, Stay Focused & Increase Sales Today” by Kristoffer Thompson on Sales Leadership Coach website. (If you’ve been reading my blogs you know that I do not support or get compensation for any of the websites, people or articles that I reference as of this date, it’s just information that I feel might help or add value to my audience.) OK so much for the legal disclaimer.

So a few highlights that I am using both for sales and for running my business and life are below:

Gary Blair taught me a great way to think of focus is the following….

 

Follow

One

Course

Until

Successful

Now unlike most, I do believe that Gen Y and others can multitask productively. I think the science is outdated regarding the brain on this topic and we won’t know for sure till more time and more studies have been done. Having said that, for the majority of us. We need to do more regarding FOCUS!

Be Laser Focused….

One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus, we never concentrate our power. – Tony Robbins

If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing to patient attention than any other talent – Isaac Newton

….It is so much easier to STAY focused than it is to GET focused.– Kris Thompson

Focus is the tool of domination – Gary Blair

Here are 4 ways to increase focus adapted from the article to go beyond sales.

  1. Block out time for each project. Schedule chunks of time each day where you focus on that activity. Don’t talk to anyone that’s not directly associated with the project during that period of time. It can be 10-12 or 2-4 or any other block of time. Tell your family and friends not to contact you during this time. Lock your door or put a “do not disturb” sign on your chair.
  2. Don’t be on the internet unless it is absolutely necessary for the project or activity. It is too tempting for you to check the score of the game, news, , facebook or a number of other social media platforms. Do that after you can’t work on the project or activity. 
  3. No text messaging. Instead call them live. Now this one I am kind of torn on. Being in Social Media Consulting I find that I have had success with both. It really depends on the age of the person you are trying to reach and their digital awareness. I interact with many partners and prospects both live and with text. The key is to determine which way the person involved likes to be contacted.
  4. Only check email a few times a day. Most of the emails you get can wait at least an hour or 2 before a response is necessary. (I recommend checking your email three times a day. 1 hour in the morning, at lunch and then again in the evening after 5 or 6pm. Unless you are waiting on an important response that is vital to your project, then let your phone be your screening guide. Quick looks, don’t get distracted) Block this time out in your calendar like you would an appointment with a client. Do not schedule over blocked time.
– (adapted from the 4 Secrets To Get Focused, Stay Focused & Increase Sales Today – Kris Thompson)
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