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Six Steps to Staying Focused on Your Transition

by Stacy Lewis on 02/29/12

Just like anyone else, I struggle with staying focused on my transitions and can get stuck in overwhelm on a daily basis. There are so many things I could do, that I should do, or that might be worth doing.

From being a Life Coach for the last twelve years I have seen how productive people stay focused and how those who are not so productive get stuck.  What follows are the best practices I have incorporated into my daily habits over the years.  I hope you find them useful.

1. First, organize your day
How you set up your day in the morning can determine how the rest of your day will go. Take five minutes to write your to do list for the day and another five minutes to make sure your work space is organized.  Resist the temptation sit right down and get sucked into checking email or facebook in the morning, instead plan.
 
If you are working on developing your focus I would start with this simple practice of organizing you day daily and master it before moving on.

2. Just do it
The hardest part is often just starting.  I often put things off because I do not have the right equipment, I do not have enough time, it is not quite enough, or I need to make it perfect.  I have found if I can settle for at least 70% perfection I am more likely to get moving on a project.

If you can just get moving and do not demand perfection right away, momentum is on your side.

3. Systems, systems, systems
The two main tools I like to use are Outlook and Act Sage Pro (managing my contacts). I have them synched together.  Whenever a task comes up I need to make sure gets done, I simply enter it into my calendar and schedule it.

If you do not have a system in place for getting things done, you are likely losing a lot of productive time to repetitiveness and inefficiency.

4. Hold yourself accountable
Without accountability, fear, uncertainty and procrastination can get in the way. Find ways to hold yourself accountable.
Why are you doing what you’re doing?
What is pulling you forward?

I hold myself accountable with my daily to do list, and with my business coach. Both help me stay focused and more importantly, follow through on what I intend to do.

5. Know why you are doing it
If you do not actually care about what you are doing, it is very unlikely you will get it done.
Make sure what you are doing is in alignment with the transition you want to make and relates to your long term vision.

6. Acknowledge your progress
At the end of the day, right before you go to sleep, list what you accomplished during the day. Think about what you started, worked on, or finished and how that is moving you closer to your transition. 

Step-by-step you are moving forward.

 

What helps you get things done? Leave a comment and share with me.

 

Comments (1)

1. nadia moussalem said on 2/29/12 - 11:21PM
Fantastic and so true ! we have to be totally involved in what we do !


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