Recently, I have had to remind myself about the importance of staying focused. With so much going on, it is easy for anyone to get distracted. Early on, I watched as my team would get distracted, confused, caught up in the moment, and only addressing the latest request or task. To keep focused, I have adopted the following techniques:
email management – I am not one who ascribes to the theory of only checking email at certain times. I don’t think that works and in fact I think it is a detractor because when you are not checking email you are typically concerned with what is in your email. Instead, organize your email. Address the quick hit items right away and then FILE THE EMAIL right off. Ones that will take longer, create a task for yourself for that email and FILE THAT EMAIL. Always try to keep your inbox under 20 items. If you let your inbox get out of control, inevitably you will get out of control.
task management – early on I found people saying – it is on my list but I never get to it. What I have taught myself and profess to my team is – rewrite your list daily. It will cause you to review all items, re-prioritize, and schedule appropriately. If you are not constantly scanning all tasks, you will have some that are there – but are never looked at.
schedule – Keep your schedule up to date and handy. Over-allocate your time for meetings and travel and etc. If you over-budget, you will eliminate stress and will remain focused and be more efficient.
There are more for sure – but just doing these three things routinely will help immensely in keeping you focused, on task, and most effective.
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