Is it just me, or is focus becoming a dying breed. Everyday it seems as though it’s getting harder and harder to focus. Everyone wants a slice of your time. Every day we are given 24 hours, which is 1440 minutes and 86400 seconds.
A new notification here, a text there, a 90 second snap there, but all of this wasted time adds up. It’s as if the whole world knows how powerful you can be when you are focused and so it tries to distract you from doing so.
“What became of the real life we meant to lead while we have been off doing nothing.” ― Rollo May, Man’s Search for Himself
When you are focused you can accomplish more in a shorter amount of time. Every interruption you have while you are trying to finish a task puts your brain on reset mode so it takes you longer to get back into your groove once you’ve been interrupted. Ultimately taking more time than needed for you to complete even the simplest of tasks.
I find that if I don’t start my day with the top 3 goals that I want to achieve (these goals are specific and will ultimately lead to helping me achieve my long term goals), I won’t achieve them. I have to physically write them down.
There’s something about putting your pen to paper that makes it real rather than just leaving my daily goals floating around in my head.
It’s not enough to just write down your daily goals.
I was listening to a seanwes podcast episode titled “Planning Your Day for Maximum Efficiency in Under 5 Minutes and Still Accounting for Unplanned Events” and this episode was so powerful.
I decided to test myself so on Wednesday I wrote down my top 3 goals I wanted to achieve, but also included the time blocks that I would get achieve my goals by.
I would spend 1 hour to accomplish one of my top goals. During this hour I had to be focused solely on that goal. No interruptions. No checking my notifications. Simply focusing.
It’s amazing how unstoppable you are when you’re laser focused on getting things done.
The next day I didn’t set any goals for myself. I just let the goals float around in my head without a time frame as to when I would get them done. You know what happened? I didn’t accomplish a single goal.
Suddenly everything became way more important than my goals in my head. Oh let me check my Snapchat, look a new group me message, someone commented on my Facebook wall, or a new email.
Just like wasted time on social media adds up, your focused time adds up as well. Writing down your daily goals gives you a chance to become more. Every day if you are striving to be better one day it will all add up to something great. Your little goals each day are what will help you get to your larger goals.
From now on I can no longer afford to live without writing down my top 3 important goals of the day and giving myself a time block on when I will get these goals done.
Believe it or not it takes effort to not achieve your goals. Every moment of our day we are choosing something over the other.
“When failure comes about through devoting precious hours to time-killing pursuits, we can all see that energy is being diverted from its proper channel. “― Rollo May
The same is true with our daily lives. When we have dreams and goals that we want to accomplish each day we procrastinate deep down inside it is slowing eating us alive. You feel like something is missing. It’s time to start pouring your energy into the proper channels. It’s the only way you will be able to achieve success.
This week I would like you to be more mindful of how you are spending your time. Each day we are either doing something that will bring us closer to our goals or pull us further away from them. I know it’s so easy to get sucked into the notifications trap, but let’s stay focused. How about we accomplish our top 3 goals and then we are free to check our social media? Here’s to being focused and unstoppable.
With all my love,