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Focus on Tasks Not Time [Day 15 – 28 Days to GYST]


This is Day 15 of 28 Days to Getting Your Sh*t Together.  Yesterday, John Haydon really kicked up the conversation on how we see ourselves, talk about ourselves and FEEL about ourselves (and now you know why I <heart> him so). The post Barry Moltz shares today was clearly written just for me.  I only hope the rest of you get as much out of it as I did. 🙂

Focus on Tasks not Time

By: Barry Moltz | @barrymoltz

Albert Einstein said that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expect to get different results. This is the way many of us lead our lives and why it is so difficult to get our sh*t together. We get stuck in doing the same thing over and over again, but still expect to progress towards our goal.

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar?

  • You are getting less done despite “furious” multitasking. Remember that multitasking is a myth and actually reduces your productivity by 50%. It takes 20 minutes to go back to the original task once distracted!
  • Your day is filled with distractions. In fact, you “go looking for interruptions” that prevent you from getting done what you are suppose to do. It doesn’t feel very good at the end of the day.
  • You have no committed plan at the beginning of each day and wander from task to task until the day is over.
  • You let your unlimited access to the World Wide Web become an unlimited world wide waste of time.

In order to break free, forget about time. Forget about trying to cram as many tasks in a small period of time as possible. Unfortunately, technology pushes us there with the expectation that we will all be available 24/7 and the ability to work “Anywhen” (to quote Chris Brogan). As a result, we all have the fear of getting behind. Unfortunately, In this fast paced world, the cost of a rushed decision is multiplied.

In order to get unstuck and get your sh*t together, start focusing on tasks not time. At the beginning of each day or week (which ever time period makes sense for your life and business), name the one critical thing that you must get done to move toward your goal. Start with this and do not move on to any other tasks until it is done. For example, you have a big project due for your least favorite client. Do that first in the day until it’s done. Follow it up with something you enjoy doing as a reward.

Finally, in order to focus and increase your productivity, limit the interruptions. Turn off the email, chat, cell phone and social media notifications during this time when you are doing a critical task. Controlling the overwhelming inflow of information is critical to getting unstuck.

At the end of each day, ask yourself. “Did you accomplish the one thing you wanted for today?”

Barry Moltz has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 15 years. He gets business owners unstuck  by unlocking their long forgotten potential. His first book, “You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business” describes the ups and downs and emotional trials of running a business. His second book, “Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success”, shows what it takes to comeback and develop true business confidence. His third book , “BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World” shows how customer service is the new marketing.

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