Never mind the fact that for many, this is a slow week overall with less focus… It’s a time when many people will have weekend weddings, Beach parties and travel plans on their mind. (chances are, so are you!!) Many times you find yourself asking, what was I doing again? We have all had days where we can’t seem to focus asking that question too many times to count. For some of us, those days are more common than we would like.
Here are a few of my tips to help you to stay focused and be more productive and effective this week.
1. Have a Daily Action Plan!
You don’t need a massive game plan for the day, what you need is a simple Action Plan that allows you to focus your attention on the 3 – 5 things you actually need to accomplish during the day. It’s all about priorities, so work on the few things which will allow you to make the biggest impact. You can download the 7 simple steps to create a productive daily routine from my blog
2. Limit distractions!
You can’t be effective in any way if your mind and attention is constantly scattered. Limit your meetings, discussions, social media and any activity that ultimately isn’t related to the current task at hand. Give yourself designated times throughout the day to check your social media or call your partner or take meetings. A lack of focus is what kills productivity and effectiveness.
3. Focus on what you can do!
The most important thing to focus on is what you can do right now with the information you have at hand. Make informed decisions and find a way to move forward. Being effective means you find a solution and don’t dwell on the problem and what has already occurred!
Open your ears, rather then your mouth. If you learn to listen more effectively you will be able to identify the opportunities and challenges that exist in front of you. You can save a lot of time and stress by learning to listen and pause before you respond thoughtfully.