|Posted on 30 March, 2015 at 16:15|
Over the last month, I have needed to wage war on my ability to focus. Starting a new private practice (that means –just me), adding new skills and tools to my business, and simply running a business have been part of a stretching experience. I’m one of those people who cannot learn enough fast enough. With such a high learning curve in a short space of time, I have found myself struggling to focus. I am learning to spread things out. I don’t have to know everything there is to know today. Some of it can wait until tomorrow.
This weekend, I realized I was beginning to lose the battle. I needed a break. I had to sit myself down and take my own advice! Not always an easy thing to do. I had lost focus. I was trying to do too many things at once. In times like these, I imagine myself in my office sitting in the client seat. What would I say to a client in the same situation?
1. Stop. Just stop, relax and refocus.
2. Do a reality check. What is realistic? Are you trying to do the impossible?
3. Evaluate where you are and where you need to be? Break that down into realistic, manageable segments of time and activity. What can you do today, this week, this month that will take you closer to the goal?
4. Go back to step one: Stop, relax, and refocus. Not on your goals, to do list, etc., but on yourself. Do some relaxation activities. Bring your mind back to the moment and keep bringing it back. Go for a walk, have some fun and give yourself a break, for the whole weekend!
5. Monday morning: do what needs to be done TODAY. Forward planning is only one task. Do it and then refocus on the task at hand. No rumination allowed.
So that’s where I am today. Doing what I can on this Monday. I had a wonderfully relaxing, work free weekend. I didn’t read any books or search the net for information. Once I refocused and planned the next week on Friday evening, I just focused on relaxation and fun. I feel good and am happily pursuing the task at hand. How about you?