Focus Finder: Take Control of Your Time And Improve Productivity
If you want more productivity and less stress in your business and your life, listen to this episode on how to build more time into your day so you can do the things that you want to do.
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Here’s a glance at what you’ll learn from Dean Jackson in this episode:
- Achieve what you want to achieve by wrangling your time
- Eliminating distractions to create an abundance of time
- End intrusive and disruptive thoughts to get more done and stay focused
- Getting out of the reactive loop of email, internet, and telephone distraction
- The battle that we’re fighting and facing trying to get things done is the proactive reactive battle.
- Get rid of all of the reactive things that cause all these demands on your time.
- Dean shares Seven Powerful Peak Productivity Practices.
- Eliminate the big four reactive activators.
- There are four big things that set us off into reactive mode.
- You’re never going to get anything proactive done while you’re caught in the reactive loop of email, internet, people, and telephone.
- It’s very easy to let hours slip by and nobody is immune to this.
- A lot of times the internet and email is used as filler time.
- Sometimes awareness of it builds its own momentum – use a Timer to track and manage time spent online.
- Each time you get online, press the timer and it will count up how long. Then when you get offline, stop it, but don’t close the window so you can keep the cumulative total.
- The biggest reactive activator, the hardest one to get rid of is your thoughts.
- One of the easiest ways to eliminate those distractions is to start scheduling time to play ‘G.O.L.F.’ golf of course is an acronym.
- G.O.L.F. as a model for productivity…
- Dean plays a lot of golf. That led to the G.O.L.F. acronym and analogy.
- Goal – Keeping focused on a single goal until it’s done (and having that be a goal that’s reasonable within the time you have to accomplish it) goes a long way toward maintaining focused productivity.
- Optimal Environment
- A golf course is a great place to play golf. It’s not necessarily a great place to play hockey, or write a sales letter. When you’re on a golf course, it’s only natural that you play golf, because that’s what the environment is designed for.
- Limited Distractions
- When you’re golfing, you typically don’t bring along your laptop. If you’re serious about the game, You minimize distractions.
- Consider what other distractions you’re letting into your productive space.
- Fixed Timeframe
- When you start a game of golf, you intend for it to be done that day.
- Give yourself a Goal, an Optimal Environment, Limited Distractions, and a Fixed Timeframe for your next project.
- Corral free range by using the 50 Minute Focus Finder.
- Here’s what to do in that 50 minutes. Write down every thought that’s on your mind.
- The first thing you’re going to notice when you get all 50 of those done is that you have an immediate sense of relief.
- What you’re going to find is that you’ve got enough ammunition on that piece of paper to fuel all of your proactive endeavors for the next 60 to 90 days and beyond.
- You’re going to see a lot of the tasks group together, you’re going to look through them and you’re going to see there’s a lot of phone calls that you might need to make.
- 50/20/50 Solution – A 50 minute session completely focused on one thing. Set the timer for 50 minutes. Press stop. Then set it for 20 minutes and then completely disconnect for 20 minutes. As soon as that buzzer goes off, get right back and do another 50 minutes.
- That is a two hour block of time right there.
- It’s all about really flexing your focus muscle.
- Your list of free range thoughts, those are going to be the seeds of all of the time that you’re going to spend in your optimal environment, playing G.O.L.F.
- Stop multitasking – focus on one thing at a time, you cannot do two things at one time.
- Focus on free time and remodel time.
- What would you do just to practice? If you had two hours to do something that you would really enjoy that has nothing to do with work.