Are you always out of energy? Have you paid attention to your work habits? Do you hop from one thing to another all day long? That habit can be a deadly energy killer.
Here are a few steps that will help:
Using this doing-learning-improving cycle to improve your focus will have a big payoff in increased energy for you.
- Focus on what you are doing right now. Resist the temptation to think about the next thing on your list.
- Know your priorities and work on them. If you have a long to-do list but haven’t sorted out what’s most important to work on right now, you are sub-optimizing your time.
- Choose your daily priorities and choose a manageable amount. Overloading your day leads to feeling frustrated at the end of the day. Instead, I suggest picking 3 to 5 essential tasks to accomplish on any particular day.
- Make it visible. Write (or type) your list down and keep it in front of you. Put it on your whiteboard. Keep it visible, so you are reminded of the priorities you chose and are reminded to keep on track.
- Adjust but evaluate. Of course, events occur that blow up our plans for the day. But when you have a plan, you can compare the value of solving the current crisis against the other priorities you have already set. Is the interruption your priority or someone else’s?
- Learn and improve. At the end of the week, see how successful you were with your focus. Study what gets you off track and determine how to avoid those problems. Then, evaluate how accurate time estimates were versus the time each task took. Adjust so you can create a more realistic, more focused schedule.