I’ve written about focus lately, really focused on being better-focused. Progress comes slowly – or, better said, disposing of old habits is difficult.
I’ve been working on a single-page to-do list; both a general one and daily schedule combined – based on my hybrid-ing two concepts.
First is a quadrant decision and prioritization document used by Dwight Eisenhauer. Second a ‘plan your week’ one from Darren Handy’s program – together I’ve combined this master list of what is important to me and my ‘daily do’ sheet which works together with my checklist. It’s working better. My clients are getting better service, better communication and I’m feeling far more productive. Lots of things are still competing for my attention, but most are not in my daily ‘primary’ and urgency focus. They don’t get lost but they also don’t interfere with the highest priorities. I did a test case recently; it was a transaction that would, ordinarily, have taken bits and bites of my time over a three month period from start to finish. This one took two months. Which is not to say I can now take a one month vacation, but I proved some things to myself (and I hope to my client) that we really could move the ball down the field better and faster … and I use the ‘drive for the touchdown’ metaphor to emphasize what we all know. When we watch the team march down the field, we don’t see them distracted by anything else, period.
Sometimes we need to use that kind of commitment, energy and focus.