When things around you are in flux, uncertainty and dissolution, it is a challenge to stay focused and productive. One thing that can help is having an aim. Having an aim aligns your energy in pursuit of a concrete outcome. It gives you purpose and is a good buffer against distraction.
Are there specific things you must accomplish this week? These things can become your aim. Decide when and how you will get them done. Create ways of reminding yourself of your aim. By the end of the week, with your aim accomplished, you will have created some stability and momentum for getting things done, as the new week beckons.
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I have found that one of my challenges during this time is keeping my focus. My mind wanders and, at times, cannot hold its attention for very long. It’s not like I busy myself with distractions, rather at various times in the day, I find it challenging to keep my attention on something I want to do (a work project, cleaning the house, cooking, working in the yard). When this happens, I do my best to bring my attention back. I also give myself space. I know we are in a time of uncertainty and transition and that some of my energy is focusing on that. That’s okay. I am finding my new center and until I do, I go easy on myself, to a point.
How is your focus these days?
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Towards the end of 2019, a friend said to me that 2020 was going to be his year of reaching out. He was naming his year and setting a powerful intention.
By naming your year, you too can set a powerful intention to refocus on as 2020 progresses.
What do you want this new year of 2020 to be for you?
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If you had to choose, what would you say is the most important goal you are working towards now?
For that goal, how are you doing in these areas:
• clarity on what you want to achieve
• steps to get there
• identifying any support you need
• maintaining focus and tracking your progress
Setting a goal is your first step. Achieving your goal asks that you make it a priority and do what needs to be done.
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When you have dreams and goals, best that you set yourself in a direction to achieve them. Your actions and choices need to be a good fit with your dreams and goals or you can be led astray. Have you ever had an opportunity come along that appears exciting or useful in some way but you have a feeling it may not be right? Trust that feeling and explore carefully any opportunities that show up. Will an opportunity take you in the direction you want to go or is it a detour or distraction from your goals and dreams that appeals to some other part of you?
When you find the opportunities that are the right fit, you’ll move quickly towards achieving your goals and dreams!
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Do you “go brightly” in your work and life? You have the capacity to shine in all that you do. Shining often starts within. Ask yourself what is your focus, what do you want to achieve, what are you truly meant to be doing? Identify your unique gifts. Then, build the reserves within to bring your gifts outward to the world. Once you do, you’ll be shining brightly!
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A recent article in the New York Times, Productivity Isn’t About Time Management. It’s About Attention Management by Adam Grant makes a good point about productivity. “Being prolific is not about time management. There are a limited number of hours in the day, and focusing on time management just makes us more aware of how many of those hours we waste.” Grant came to a realization that attention management – the art of focusing on getting things done for the right reasons, in the right places and at the right moments – is what matters.
Time management really is an oxymoron. You can’t manage time, you can only manage yourself. Maintaining and cultivating your focus gets you in a zone that is key to your productivity. What are your priorities this week? Get going on them, excluding distractions and non-priorities, and you may find your week is a highly productive one.
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When chaos shows up, best to be ready for it. Chaos can sweep you away into disorganization, disorientation, unbalanced emotions and confusion. You don’t want that to happen, do you?
Being ready for chaos involves the ability to quickly get grounded and fully into the present moment, focus, discernment, insight and emotional intelligence. Developing these skills can help you be ready for whatever chaos comes along!
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In my last blog post, I looked at being fully present in the moment, as you face a challenge. There is another useful aspect to being present – you can consciously decide how you will spend each day. Doing this requires your focus – on what is important, your expectations, your commitments and how much time you have.
What if, each morning you ask yourself what you are going to do with the day ahead of you? It could lead to higher productivity, fulfillment and motivation.
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Challenges are part of life. When you find yourself falling back into the past or drifting into the future, as you face a challenge, remember that today is the best that you have. Looking at a challenge from the present moment allows you to see where you are right now and what is available to you. Sure, you can benefit from looking backward or forward, but doing so can be a quicksand that doesn’t provide answers or get you very far. Don’t stay too long.
Next time you face a challenge, remember that you have today to do what’s needed to turn things around.
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