Do you struggle to stay focused?

With the new year upon us, many people find it hard to focus on one thing at a time.  How do you prioritize your daily to-do-list?  How about your monthly to-do list?  It’s very easy to get swept up in everything we have to do and forget about the most important one or two things we should get done.  As J-Mac would always tell my teams, “focus on the task at hand.”  In the #CJJblog this week, I give you some tips on how you can stay focused in 2020.  Enjoy.

  • Write it down. What do you want to accomplish?  Have clarity on your goals and aspirations.  I find that it helps to write down your top three goals on an index card and recite them to yourself in the mirror each day.
  • Priority list > to-do list. Instead of to-do lists, make priority lists and get started on them as early as possible every day.  How do you use a priority list to stay focused?
  • Schedule time. Block out 30 minutes each day to work toward your top priorities.  Once you have mastered the 30-minute window, you can increase to 60 and 90 minutes.  Avoid distractions and just focus on the task at hand.
  • Focus days. Assign different themes or focus areas to each day or week.  This will keep your mind focused on that topic.  What focus days will you have this year?
  • Listen to learn. The best way to stay focused is to be a great listener.  You can do this by these three easy steps: 1) give eye contact, 2) no distractions (ex: phone), 3) share back what you are learning to the speaker.
  • Add a discipline. Pick something you are good at or enjoy to help you focus.  For me, I like to meditate every day to get my mind right.  What discipline will you add to your daily life?

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson will be sharing a new presentation on Building a Successful Team and How to be a Good Presenter to students at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) here in Rochester, NY on January 31st.

Life Tip #34:  Adopt the 6P Formula:  Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance

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