Stop And Focus

Stop And Focus


Run, run, run and then run some more. It is so easy to be in a hurry today darting from one thing to another with gaining little ground in any one thing. For a lot of us, our lives are a whirlwind of activity with household tasks, off to work, checking our messages on our latest technological device that seems to be attached to our hip, scrambling to catch up the work that has piled up and so wanting to get something done. It never seems to stop.

Establishing Priorities
In the past, you probably heard about establishing priorities and labeling these priority A, B, and C where A was the most important and had to be done right away. It seems that most of us have forgotten this rule. However, recently, I watched a video online and was reacquainted with the absolute necessity of establishing priorities and not allowing oneself to become distracted by the myriad of information coming at us at full bore. The real challenge is to be able to control on the extraneous demands coming to us demanding our attention.

But, when it is all said and done, there are reasons to set priorities on a daily basis – if you do not, you will see yourself flitting like a humming bird from flower to flower, or project or demand and on to the next without getting anything marked off the major to do list.

If you haven’t set your daily priorities for quite some time, maybe a suggestion or two would be welcome.

A Simple Way
The easiest and simplest of ways, and still one of the most effective is to start to record your major priorities for the day on your calendar. No, I do not mean on your ipad, iphone, tablet blackberry or any other electronic device. I mean for you to record it on a physical calendar with a pen. This process lets your brain understand the connection you are making, and it is this conscious connection that makes your note more effective.

The real challenge comes next and that is to remove or ignore all other events, issues, or demands for your time or attention that could knock you off your track. This is not to say, however, that there might not come along a much more urgent request from a superior. If this happens, you obviously must attend to it and the request becomes your focus. However, what was left uncompleted before the new request must be put back on the top of the list as soon as your requested action is complete.

A Key To Accomplishment
Focus is the key to accomplish what is necessary – easy word to spell, it contains only five letters but it is probably one of the most powerful words there are in order to move forward with confidence and with the expected results.

Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
“Determine your priorities and focus on them.” Eileen McDargh

“A pro tip is to focus on being productive, and not on being busy. This is when you strive toward getting things done the right way, rather than powering through countless tasks.” Gavin Bird

“The inability to prioritize and focus also contributes to procrastination.” Romuald Andrade

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