It drives me nuts! I start one thing and then I’ll move to another project and start working on something else and then a thought comes along and I stop what I’m doing and move to something completely different and you get the picture – I’m not accomplishing anything plus it’s not a good way to run a business!
So Focus is my word for 2013. If you don’t know about choosing a word for your year to, excuse the pun,”focus” on, then let me tell you a little about it. Some people choose resolutions to start their new year but others choose a word as their mantra or guide for the year. It is a word that sets the intention for something that inspires you or something you want to accomplish or feel more of during the year.
Lots of people blog about it and in the past I’ve been a little skeptical and haven’t participated. I thought how does a word just come to you as people talk about on their blogs.
But then, this year, just a few weeks ago, a word did come to me. It just appeared in my mind and wouldn’t leave until I wrote it down and now here I am blogging about it.
So this can be really inspiring – rather than making another new years resolution that you may or may not keep – choose a word as your mantra and guide for the year. Here’s mine:
For me, Macmillans dictionary says it best, “to concentrate on something and pay particular attention to it.” And then there is my own definition – “stay on task.”
Then I created a Focus action plan.
I figured out what I really want. Getting a clear picture in my mind is part of my Focus action plan and this helps me to achieve my goals. So I made a list of what I really, really want.
I also downloaded the Leonie Dawson 2013 Incredible Business + Life Workbook and Calendar to help me make this plan.
It was just what I needed! It came with all kinds of ways for me to get organized with the workbook questions and a calendar I can print out and use in combination with my online calendar. I created a notebook dedicated to accomplishing my biz goals for 2013! And not only my biz goals but my life plan goals too!
Taking action with individual tasks with deadlines and focusing on what I want gets me motivated to achieve my goals and this is leading to results! Yay! I’ve already accomplished some of the things I set out to do this month.
One of the main things is to not get too distracted by too many things. That’s why I choose my top 3 items for the day. I’m calling these my Focus Goals. I like creating my own program to follow.
I also posted the word FOCUS in my studio and at my computer which definitely is helping me to stay on task.
I’ve also implemented an online calendar with my schedule of my top 3 tasks for each day that I write down in the a.m. after I’ve showered, ate breakfast and brushed my teeth!
Narrowing my task list to 3 items keeps me focused so I don’t get distracted. This is really working for me so I’m glad I chose the word “Focus.”
Do you find staying on task to be a challenge? And what are you doing to stay focused?
And have you chosen a word for the year? What’s yours?