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What are you busy about?


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In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of tasks, commitments, and distractions. We often find ourselves busy–not necessarily productive. That can leave us feeling overwhelmed or unfulfilled. The key to overcoming the challenge of busyness lies in mastering focus–zeroing in on what really matters and eliminating the chaos that can pull us off course.


Focus is the ability to concentrate your attention and energy on a specific task or objective, ignoring distractions or irrelevant activities. It involves directing your mental and physical resources towards a single goal, allowing for increased productivity and achievement. 


Mastering the art of focus is crucial to achieving goals, for it enables you to allocate your time and effort effectively, leading to greater progress and success. 


With focus, you can maintain clarity of purpose, prioritize tasks, and persevere through challenges, in order to become the very best version of yourself–in and out of the workplace. To that end, these three essential principles aim to improve your focus and help you discover what is keeping you so busy.


What are you busy about?

One key to mastering focus is to clearly define your goals and outline what tasks and activities must be done in order to reach these goals. Once you have a clear and concise plan of action in place, take an account of your time, tracking your day-to-day habits and activities.  


  • What is it that you’re busy about? 

  • What’s taking up your time, effort, and energy? 


Reflect on what you actively spend your time and energy on.

 

  • How does that align with your goals? 

  • Does your day-to-day busyness propel you towards your best self? 

  • Are the activities and tasks you engage in throughout your day ones that follow your path to goal achievement? 


A strong awareness of how you spend your time and what it ought to be spent on will keep you on the track towards where and who you ought to be. 


Get F.O.C.U.S.E.D.

Once you’ve analyzed how you spend your time, you can begin working on your focus. The first step to mastering your focus is to fully understand what it means to be F.O.C.U.S.E.D.:

Follow One Course Until Successful Every Day

By focusing efforts and energy on one course of action each day, you can minimize the distractions, misdirections, and overall busyness that tends to plague our time. Of course, in order for you to truly reap the benefits of this principle, it helps to prioritize not only your goals, but the activities and tasks necessary to achieve them.


Defining your tasks 

Every task, be it large or small, is important to achieving your overall goals and becoming your best self. However, some tasks or objectives play a more significant role in accomplishing this end. This is why it helps to define and prioritize your tasks. If you want to get F.O.C.U.S.E.D., begin by organizing your tasks according to these four task definitions.

  1. Strategic tasks are long-term objectives and initiatives that extend beyond the next twelve months. They primarily focus on the long-term direction and vision of an organization or individual. These tasks include planning and decision-making aimed at shaping the future trajectory of the enterprise. 

  2. Tactical tasks are shorter-term objectives and actions to be executed within the next twelve-months. They often involve planning and carrying out strategies to achieve broader goals pertaining to specific projects or goals. 

  3. Operational tasks are even more immediate in nature. They are targeted activities and objectives to be completed within the current month, week, or even day. They center on day-to-day functioning and are essential to maintaining and accomplishing tactical and strategic tasks. 

  4. Administrative tasks include responsibilities and processes necessary for smooth functioning and goal achievement, like managing schedules, maintaining finances, handling household chores, and tackling administrative paperwork.


Understanding the types of tasks you do on any given day helps you more clearly see how each task contributes to the end goal. Applying the F.O.C.U.S.E.D. methodology and sorting each task you undertake into one of the four task definitions can help you focus more of your time and effort into those tasks that will propel you toward your end goal.

 

Bringing the discipline of focus to the everyday can help you eliminate disruptors like busyness and unnecessary distractions. Focus is key to meeting and exceeding your goals–and becoming the best version of yourself.


For help crafting a clear and concise plan for your goals, check out our complimentary ‘Think, Plan, Act’ worksheet available for download here


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