Focus on your Work

12820571178LNr06Zig Ziglar once said, “Lack of direction, not lack of time,is the problem.  We all have twenty-four hour days.”

Have you noticed that some people tend to get a lot more done than others?  It’s not because they have more time, it’s because they have learned how to FOCUS.

If you want to get things done, you have to learn to FOCUS.  This takes work and effort.  We live in a world that is full of distractions, and it’s really easy to work hard, work long hours, and not really get anything accomplished.

Shawn Radcliffe writes about “7 Ways to Stay Focused at Work” in Mens Fitness Magazine.  Have you tried any of these tips?

#1)  SET CLEAR GOALS

Instead of saying, “I’m going to work a solid eight hours every day”, make a list of your top priorities for the week, and review them each morning.

#2) WORK IN 60 – 90 MINUTE BLOCKS

As we work, our alertness drops off, increasing the lure of distractions.  Set a timer and take a break at the end of each cycle, then reset your focus.

#3)  TURN OFF THE WORLD

Find a quiet place to work, and shut everything off.  Avoid the temptation by severing all ties for a period of time.

#4)  SCHEDULE DISTRACTIONS

Use scheduled distractions to reward you for a solid chunk of work, however you have to learn to control them!

#5)  PRACTICE NOT BEING DISTRACTED

Train yourself to avoid distractions.  Practice NOT multitasking everyday.

#6)  PAY ATTENTION TO YOURSELF

Start to notice when and how you get distracted.  What are your triggers?  Hunger? Being tired? Being bored?  Address those first.

#7)  USE TECHNOLOGY TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

There are apps that might help you stay focused:  calendar apps, timer apps, priority apps, communication apps.  Use these to help you maintain focus and be careful of the ones that lead to complete distraction.

You will be amazed at how much time you are able to capture if you try and all of the tips above.

You need to take control of your FOCUS.

Try these things.

Russ Cline has wide experience in church, mission, and global leadership. Beginning in the local church in Southern California, then moving to Ecuador for 16 years to be a part of launching three distinct organizations, Russ is now back in Southern California working with Extreme Response International in providing leadership coaching and organizational development to leaders around the world. Russ' passion is to come alongside organizations and to help them identify areas of growth, focus and change, resulting in greater impact and effectiveness. Russ graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Business and Christian Education and completed his graduate work in Organizational Development. He has been married for 30 years to Gina, and they have three kids: Rheanna, Riley and Raylin. To learn more about Russ, visit: www.russellcline.com Write directly to Russ at: rcline@extremeresponse.org www.extremeresponse.org www.leadermundial.org twitter: leadonesource, leadermundial

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