If you want to attain a level of clarity that allows you to breakthrough your challenges and steer your business, cause or project ahead with determination and drive, you need to use the principles of ‘Focus and Execute’ that I’ll begin to explain in this blog post.
If you don’t have enough time to get things done, if you don’t know where to start, if you’re drowning in a sea of options, then you need to read this blog post. I’ll show you a few simple activities for finding more time in your busy life so you can execute the activities that’ll bring you the most profit.
The biggest killer for most aspiring (and even existing) online entrepreneurs is overwhelm. They open themselves out to too many ideas, philosophies and systems yet fail to act on even one. They try to understand everything too quickly, and fail to understand any at all. They want to collect as much information as possible, but fail to organise it all, and hence collect nothing.
I am typically asked how I get a lot done very quickly. I can usually complete 8 hours of work in just a few hours, leaving me the rest of the day to do what I enjoy. This doesn’t even include outsourcing or delegation. This is just me doing the tasks that I need to do.
Over the years, I’ve studied a LOT of different productivity and time management systems. And I really admire and respect the creators of these programs. Some of the insights that I’ve gotten from these experts have made me a LOT of money.
My entire philosophy of achieving more is based on this one phrase: “Focus And Execute”. I don’t know if I made that up myself, or just put together two words that I really resonated with, but I know that Tiger Woods follows the exact same philosophy. It is said that during the course of competing, Tiger recites the phrase “Follow and Execute” which quickly abolishes any distractions he may encounter. It keeps him focused and gives him direction on his next task.
So how exactly do you achieve more in less time?
As an entrepreneur or someone fighting for a specific goal, cause or dream, you first need to have a strong foundation of purpose and passion. You’ve got to know exactly what you’re working for and what you’re working towards. If you can identify in one sentence the most important driving force, the thing that gets you up and alive every day, then you’ll achieve more in less time.
Once you’ve got purpose and passion, you need to learn how to become a high performer. A high performer has control. That means you need to quickly take control of your psychology, physiology and most importantly, your time. A high performer has “clean” blocks of time and space, and therefore has the ability to think creatively, openly and congruently. He or she is unfazed by distraction.
The most damaging thing that we as entrepreneurs do is mix up our activities. We mix up productive activities with unproductive activities like checking e-mail or answering the telephone. High performers are proactive. They lead their day-to-day life in control. Most, however, are reactive. They are controlled by the sound of their phone or the ‘ping’ sound when a new e-mail enters their inbox, or the sound of the telephone when it rings. And the worst thing of all is that even when most entrepreneurs sit down to work on something proactively, they still leave their phone on loud and their e-mail open.
I highly recommend you sit down for 60-90 minutes at a time and work on just ONE project single-mindedly. During this time, you do nothing else but the task that you are trying to complete. If you’re sitting down to write articles, that’s what you do. If you are creating a new webinar, you complete that. If you’re going to create a new webpage or marketing system, you focus on that.
The moment I started to create chunks of time for pre-defined activities, my business began to change. I started to achieve more, create more and deliver more, in much less time. This became a game changer.
But what should you work on? Here lies the secret of highly profitable businesses. Once you’ve create a few blocks of time in your week for predefined focused work, you need to identify what’s most important, what’s most urgent and what’s most profitable. I prefer to spend most of my time either doing what I love (i.e. writing) or doing what’s most profitable. What’s urgent may not always be important and profitable, so I find the right balance in my week.
Here’s why this is so important…
If you want to achieve more profit, power, freedom and fun in less time, you need to become a high performer. You need to learn how to focus and execute. Do these things and you’re online business will grow and profit faster than you’ve ever imagined.
If you’re struggling to find time, this simple starting process of creating a small chunk of time for just one activity will drive you forward much quicker than you could have previously imagined.
If you’e stuck in overwhelm, focusing on just one key project and continuing through without allowing your mind to get attracted to the next shiny bullet will create incredible results.
But Wait! There’s More…
I’ve just touched the tip of the iceberg with these two tactics I’ve shared in this blog post. My years of study and real-world practical use of strategies for achieving more, increased productivity and staying focused has created enormous business success for my clients and I, and depending on interest, I’d be happy to run a one-off webinar to share some of these more in-depth ideas with you.
If you’d be interested in attending a webinar to learn the strategies of high performers in online business, please leave a comment letting me know. Please also do share whether you’re achieving as much as you’d like and what you personally do to stay focused.
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