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One word: focus!

We live in the age of distractions and interruptions: the world is moving really fast, everyone is out of patience, we get bombarded with email, the deadlines are piling up, we want to stay updated with news, status updates from Facebook and twitter, your friends are texting you, your calendar is popping up with a meeting reminder and you just remembered that your wife asked you to pick up the laundry on your way from work. Whew! does it ever end? Can we get something done around here?

I’ve got one word for you: FOCUS! Learn to focus on what’s important and you can go back to being in control of your life. I think it’s that easy.

What does focus mean?

You may have heard this before: Focus! What does it mean, after all? Here’s what it means to me:

  • choosing to work on what’s important
  • minimizing distractions and interruptions
  • finishing what we start

In the rest of this blog post I’m going to list a number of tips and techniques that have really worked for me over the years.

However, before I do that, I’m going to let you in on a secret: You’re completely in control!
Let me say that again: You can decide what to work on and how to do the work! not your co-workers, not your email, not your task list and not the reminders on your phone.

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Write down your thoughts

If you have a hyper-active brain and you just can’t stop thinking about something, get it out! You’ll find out that as soon as you write it down, the inner voice goes away. Doesn’t matter if it’s a post-it, evernote, trello checklist or your favorite Moleskine agenda. You’ll sleep better and be able to focus more on the task at hand.