“The single-minded ones, the monomaniacs, are the only true achievers.
The rest, the ones like me, may have more fun; but they fritter themselves away . . . Whenever anything is being accomplished, it is being done, I have learned, by a monomaniac with a mission.” Peter Drucker, Adventures of a Bystander
Are you struggling to stay on task? Do you often feel like you are jumping from here to there and back again, only to forget where “here” was? The good news is that you are not alone. The bad news is: if you don’t fix it, you will be alone (with a struggling business). My book Double Double, is all about the simple to put in place, and execute, systems that every company needs to get more done, with less people, faster. There is no way I can compress 220 pages, and two years of writing into a single blog post. You’ll have to read it yourself. The whole book however is focused.
My first mentor, Greig Clark, recently told me that real leadership is saying no instead of yes. Saying no will provide more focus than saying yes to yet another project.
Multitasking may make you feel busy, but it doesn’t drive results. It’s impossible to get real results while doing two things at once. Whatever type of environment you need to focus, find it and utilize it. Your productivity will improve and so will the quality of your work. Try turning off your cell phone, shutting down email, and focusing on projects for a little bit each day. You’ll be amazed what you get done. During Focus Days, it’s good to think about some of the following issues:
Where in your business could you be focusing more?
Who could you be building relationships with, whether inside or outside of the company?
Who are your biggest clients?
How could you get more business from them?
Are you taking some time to really focus, without the trappings of day-to-day busyness distracting you (laptop, email, phone)? I strongly urge you to think about taking a Focus Day (or a few) to disconnect from the rest of the world and be alone with yourself and your thoughts.