I’ve revisited ‘getting and staying focused’ too many times.
I read, write affirmations, diarize, organize, re-organize, prioritize and procrastinate at a very high competitive level. I do them very well, better and better every time I re-think and reshuffle my deck. Still, I come back to feeling ‘less than I could be’ in terms of my performance.
My rationalization is that it is all part of incremental change; my reality is I haven’t yet found ‘the thing’ that isn’t just another ‘whoops, that isn’t it’ event …
Something new, simplified:
Each day I print my FOCUS page
Big blue dot on it so it won’t get confused with anything else.
Three bullets – an updated/changed version daily:
~ first, that ONE thing I’m focusing on today – my first/highest priority; right now that is fitness/health. Putting it first helps me get out the door to the gym, to bike, more often, earlier. With a sense of purpose – or to my kitchen with intention of putting real/whole, good and small food portions in my body
~ second, ONE work thing I’m focusing on today – not two hundred things I’ll touch in a day, but one singular thing I want uppermost in my mind
~ third, ONE thing from my prolonged ‘but don’t forget it’ list, not high priority but ‘need to be done’ list; my rule, it has to be something I can eradicate from my list completely that day. Malingering on my list too long already, I’m not putting it on my FORCUS page if I can’t clear it and replace with some other long-procrastinated item for next day’s list
Ready, set, FOCUS …
OH OH OH CANADA[*] Happy Canada Day, Mark! When I lived in Toronto I was able to experience the celebrations, and I was there when the Inuit were "given" their own territory. Hope you had a great day and thanks for the history lesson, MM, Phoenix, AZ
If you liked any Musing column, it would mean a lot to me if you would respond. Comments are welcome, so please contribute to the discussion. To reply, use: firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also connect with me on LinkedIn . You can sign up your friends here at MarkMusing.com . This site is updated daily, each column is retained in the archive when the next day's column is loaded ...