If you’re feeling as though you’re drowning amidst the emotion of being overwhelmed, you’re not alone. For many, each day involves a tremendous volume of work. I believe we all have the ability to increase our capacity and fast track our execution and the results we deliver each day if we invest into two key assets: our asset of focus and our asset of energy. I want to share specifically today around our asset of focus which will help you deal with being overwhelmed at work.
Here are 2 important steps that need to happen in order to maximize your focus:
Getting Clear On Your Priorities
Do you sometimes feel as though you are being pulled in every direction? In order to be able to say no to things, you need to know the value of what you are saying yes to.
When assisting individuals, I want to know what their vision, goals, values and priorities are. We all have reasons, aspirations and worthy pursuits to achieve. Yet we can easily keep them stuck in our heads and make them hard to truly articulate. When we lack clarity, its hard to take action. One of the biggest mistakes people make is they become caught in the hamster wheel of activity; simply chewing and keep on chewing but never swallowing and digesting their ideas and goals. The main reason this happens is because their priorities and goals are not clearly defined; they don’t really know what is vitally important. To digest or process ideas and goals into action, we need to take time to plan our priorities, set up an accountability net and learn to grow our ‘no’.
Narrowing Your Focus
A second component to maximising our focus, is to narrow it. Imagine you’re in a large field and in it are 3 white rabbits. You start chasing them and one goes left, the other goes straight and the other right. If you chase all three, you will not catch any of them, so you must choose one rabbit and pursue it. The benefit of doing this is that with a laser-like focus you can give your attention to the one that is going to give you the greatest profitability of return. Apply this thought to your daily agenda and the most important goal in a single area of your life and you will not be overwhelmed at work.
This is a snippet from my ‘World Class Productivity Program’ (WCPP). Do take time to reflect on these as they will help you focus and achieve your goals.
I’m curious, how clear are your priorities and goals for each aspect of your life?
What would it take to double your results and prioritize your daily agenda?
Even more importantly...
What are the limiting beliefs you need to rewire and the processes you need to put in place, so that you take massive action?