It’s early on in the week and I know that no one wants to think any harder than they have to. That’s why I thought this little graphic was the perfect post. There are nine great ideas to help you get more done without doing an exorbitant amount of reading. The best part of all…you can do any of these things today. Let me know what you think in the comment box below or on Facebook and Twitter.
Even the most productive and focussed people will occasionally find them selves staring at a blank wall. It might just be “one of those days”, but if it starts to happen repeatedly you might have to consider that there’s a bigger problem.
You’ve Lost Your Focus
You don’t really feel like doing anything and you can’t keep track of what you actually convince yourself to do. You start asking ‘Why?’ without ever really looking for an answer. Well don’t worry, it happens. Luckily there are a few things you can do to re-focus your mind and your attitude.
1. Set Your Priorities Straight
When you feel like you have too much to do, you end up not wanting to do anything. Set your priorities so you have a clear vision of what needs to get done now. This way your to-do list is a little smaller and more focussed. Also keep a list of things you will want to be thinking about or working on in the future. This way you will be aware of your future endeavors and also have a list of things to work on when you just don’t feel like focusing on the tasked at hand. This way your focused on something that needs to be done rather than nothing.
2. Seek Silence
If you’re becoming more easily distracted, get rid of the distractions. Invest in a pair of headphones that block out all the noise. Keep your cell phone out of sight and only open your e-mail 1-3 times a day. If none of that helps, leave your phone at home and work from a remote location that you are unfamiliar with and try facing a wall.
3. Relax A Bit
When you’re relaxed you will be able to look at the big picture instead of just looking forward. You will be able to observe what’s working and what’s not which will give you the direction and focus to get more done. Being relaxed also helps you get in “the zone”. You are calm enough to organize your thoughts and goals and then strategically approach all of them.
Sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to do something the same way that everyone else is. Most people will struggle and fight to keep up with a process that doesn’t work. I would recommend trying something different that does work. Just because your company recommends that you do something a certain way doesn’t mean that’s the only way to do it. If you can find another way to get the same or better results than I would be willing to bet that your superior wouldn’t mind too much. Here are a few tips for finding something that works for you.
1. Do what makes sense. Something that makes sense to you may not make sense to everyone else, but it probably still works. Look at the goal and do what comes as the obvious process to you. Usually your instincts will tell you what will work best for you. Compare that process with what was suggested to you and see if you can come up with an even better compromise.
2. Experiment often. If something doesn’t present itself as the obvious solution you may have to do some digging. In this case think about how can something be done instead of how should it be done. This will give you several different perspectives and methods to reach your goal.
3. Try something totally different. As long as you get to the end prize and make it through all of the hoops on the way there, your boss should be happy. Start from total scratch, ask other people who do the same thing, and develop your own method.