Are You Focused?
One of the challenges in life is to stay focused on the tasks at hand.
Too often we seem to struggle in life, we lose our focus and train of thought and fail to move forward.
If this seems like you perhaps one of the things you can do is start by creating a “Task” or “Things To Do” list that will help
you to stay focused on your goals.
A simple way to do this is to create a database with a list of goals you wish to accomplish!
HAVE YOU USED OR CREATED A “TASK” LIST TO STAY FOCUSED?
Here is a sample of a Task list below!
As you can see, when we create a “Task” list which we follow daily; we can chart what we did, how often we worked on our goals, what happened during this day that prevented us from doing things and so forth.
WHAT CAN A TASK LIST ACCOMPLISH?
A “Task” list can help motivate us to work on the areas we need to improve upon, where we need to put our FOCUS!
As you can see from this simple chart above, this task list keeps track of the various tasks we wish to be working on for each day of the week.
It shows what day it was, the date of the month and a list of things we wish to accomplish!
When we use the task list we can see if we have patterns in our personal lives in the way we do things.
Some patterns we may see are certain days of the week we may have a habit of not being productive, we fail at working on certain areas which should have a high priority on and we tend to be more focused on doing fun things.
It can show what types of things also end up using our time as in the “other” spot. If we seem to always have things happening here, we need to find ways to say “NO” to these impromptu things so they do not distract us from our goals.
TASK LIST REWARDS
This list should also provide a way of rewarding us, for if we do not get a sense of accomplishment with the areas we want to be successful in, we can have a feeling or a sense of failure.
I recommend that the number of things or time we spend on things should not be so large that it drains ourselves so that the things on our list become a burden.
Next, to the area that we wish to work on our task list we may include a certain number of things we wish to do, perhaps it is a certain number of email responses, once the goal is met for that task we move on to another for the day. Example our task may be “Email (5)” when working on this task when we have answered or have written 5 emails, this task is done! Time to move on to another.
Perhaps we have a project we are working on that we wish to spend so much time on each day. An example would be “Project A (2hrs)”. When working on this project we are giving ourselves so much time each day to accomplish this goal. Once we have achieved the time limit we should move on to another task. The reason why I mention time limits on “Projects” is often once we get past a certain amount of time being spent on it, it can be counterproductive.
If we have found ourselves completing everything on our list, which is great! We will find ourselves spending some time working on some of the things we have already accomplished for the day giving us a sense of fulfillment! Kind of like extra credit!
When our FOCUS becomes more habitual, we can add more “Tasks” to this list or create another new “Task List” with other goals that are more specific in an area that we are working with.
WORKING AT HOME VS WORKING AWAY
I know this is one of the main struggles that people often face when they work at home are the distractions which interfere in what we wish to accomplish.
These distractions may have become habitual and will show up consistently in the area of “OTHER” on our task list. By having a list like this we can then focus on those areas so we change our behavior patterns!
I know from experience from having a home based business that I needed a space or place where I could go to where I physically removed myself from some of these distractions so I could get things done.
Without this space, I lost my focus and seemed to have a sense of not getting anything accomplished!
When things kept going like this for a few days in a row, it seemed like everything became a burden! During this time period in my life, I did not have a “Task List” to help keep me focused. Something I wish I would have had back then. I know if I would have had something like this I may have been able to change some of the things in my life and in the way I did them.
WHAT TYPES OF THINGS WOULD YOU LIKE ON YOUR TASK LIST?
Perhaps this is the time for you to pick up a pen and paper and start writing down some of the goals that you wish to achieve.
What projects do you want to accomplish? Some of these can be personal as well as business!
Maybe two different “Task Lists” are necessary, one for your personal life and one for your business life!
Placing these lists side by side may also help you balance the way you operate or do things on a daily basis.
These “Task Lists” can show our strengths and our weaknesses!
DO YOU HAVE SOME IDEAS THAT YOU COULD ADD TO THIS TOPIC TO HELP OTHERS?
If you have some thoughts or ideas that you may have or have been through in your life that would be of help to others, please list them in the comments section!
This would be most appreciated!
For anything we can do to help someone else in life is a reward in itself!
Wishing you the best and also success in your personal as well as business life!