The foundation for achieving success is in aligning how you spend your time on the daily choices that either support or subvert your dedicated focus on your highest priorities. Research has shown that multitasking is not the best choice for progress on your desired goals. Here are four productivity tips to help you overcome that distraction based fallacy of multitasking, so you can actually accomplish more, while boosting your brainpower and wellbeing with greater focus on those priorities.
- Set specific times to check incoming e-mail, and turn off the tempting distraction of notifications (yes, including all social media).
- Identify your 3 top priorities to anchor the day’s work flow. Include a starting and projected finish time. Begin on the #1 key task until it is done, before tackling the next item or anything else.
- Keep a ‘to-do tracker/reminder’ in way of notepad on your desk or an app on your pc to jot down and release any distractions from non-related thoughts, ideas or obligations that pop up. Writing them down keeps them from running around in your head, so you can maintain focus on the task at hand.
- Take breaks at regular intervals. Research studies have proven that getting up, stretching or walking around for a few minutes, rehydrating or having a healthy snack refreshes and improves productivity. Repeat every 60-90 minutes.
Like any new habit, the more you incorporate ways to sustain focus as part of your routine, the easier it will become, to be more productive, progressing toward your highest priority goals, with much less effort.
“Within each of us are heights yet to be scaled, goals to be achieved – beyond our fears, beyond the status quo.” Didi L. Barbour
Why allow the Explorer & Seeker within to lure you into uncharted territories? Because to venture beyond the routine, is to delight and flourish with new pleasures, discoveries, and experiences in new worlds that beckon! It’s been advised that on our deathbed, the top regrets will not be for failing while stretching our boundaries, the biggest laments will be for what we failed to attempt.
Where will Your Life Compass take you? If you dare let it, it will lead to the discovery of your True North.
Regardless of what this past year has been like for us, it’s helpful to keep in mind that we all have our share of self-doubt, temporary setbacks and times when the obligations of everyday life can feel like a succession of detours and roadblocks to our desired success. Yet, we persist and persevere, slowing down but never giving up on our goals!
Endings and beginnings require pause for reflection and appreciation. So as this year concludes and the new one beckons, how helpful would it be to focus and make note of all our gratitudes; whether they are for people, circumstances, simple rituals or delights that are the pilot light of our souls. These are the elements that engage our hearts with positive influence and keep us going.
It is also beneficial to be mindful of the ‘tolerations’ and annoyances of the less than ideal components. Awareness helps us to plan and chart our course to manage, change, totally eliminate, or at least minimize them in our life. Doing so frees up our energy, focus and commitment with a cleansing determination beyond acceptance of the status quo.
Endings are opportunities for glancing back to assess, with forward focus for creating positive change, making strides of progress with the hope of new beginnings, the gateways to better outcomes. Welcome to a shining New Year!
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer
May others’ sparks abound for you and to you being the flame for those need of light!
To 2014 and Success for THE Journey of Your Life™