Business Breakthrough #3: Put Your Calendar to Work
Never walk into your day with an empty calendar. Without priorities set ahead of time coupled with time set aside on the calendar, the day will simply take over. That’s exactly what you don’t want.
Every night before you leave the office, make a list of six things you need to accomplish the next day. When you come into the office the following morning, focus on #1 and nothing else. Once #1 is complete, move on to #2; keep working through the list until you get all six done.
The only way to accomplish your list of six is if you block off time on your calendar to be focused. Keep in mind that on average we feel the tug of distraction every three minutes and it takes considerable time to regain concentration.
If you feel like you don’t have enough time in your day, it means you don’t have clearly defined priorities. Without those priorities, at the end of each day you’ll feel like you were busy but accomplished nothing important or strategic.
Don’t allow the day to take over your calendar. A list of six is a powerful tool to take charge of your time and fight the common tendency toward distraction. With planning and focus you can put your time and your priorities to work and get the results you’re looking for.
To better understand the power of focus, read Gary Keller’s book; The One Thing or Darren Hardy’s; The Compound Effect.