I admire people who have tremendous focus. In many cases these same people have their hands in several projects, plus family, plus personal interests, and they keep everything going.
I have not had the same experience in my life. The more I have going on, the less focused I am.
You might be thinking, “Well take some projects off your plate!” And, in a vacuum you may be right.
Yet I look at these people who do a lot, and I am attracted to their lifestyle, not the material aspect, but the accomplishment aspect. They do a ton of great things.
So, I started looking at what’s on my plate.
- Wife (my best friend and favorite person / will be with be forever)
- Kids (four of them / my legacy and future of my family)
- EnvoyFM (startup that is more or less stable)
- FM Dashboard (startup that is in customer discovery and early growth mode)
- Reading (personal health / self education / professional development)
- Writing (personal health ?
- Leaning to code (personal health / self education / core skill for my businesses)
- Exercise (personal health)
This list is a lot of time investment and a lot of work. The problem though is not in too much on my plate. The problem is in a lack of defined portions and 1 missing ingredient…mental rest.
The people who balance a lot know and leverage Parkinson’s Law: If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do.
They put their priorities, projects, and responsibilities into containers…all of them.
They give them time frames.
They focus on one thing at a time.
They move on mentally and physically.
I am going to be trying this out over the next 4 weeks. Every day will be planned out including time to rest.
I am only going to focus on the container in front of me.
I am going to schedule time to have mental rest where I will not focus on anything.
Each container gets my 100% attention. All other channels are turned off. It’s a firmer YES and NO.
I will put time constraints on my containers to remind me to make the most of the time I have.
There will be PRIORITY events which can and will interrupt whatever I am currently doing.
I will not add anything to my list except mental rest like I mentioned earlier.
I hope to gain lower levels of stress and higher levels of productivity.
Reduced stress will come from eliminating the feeling of “still more work to do” which I believe comes from an anxiety of “not doing enough.”
Increased productivity will come from my mind not wandering into other tasks while I work on what’s at hand.
After 4 weeks, I am going to evaluate how things are working and make adjustments.
I plan on blogging about the process as I go along so tune in if you are interested.
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