In the 10-in-10 Q&A we did last week we had two people asking something about time management, so we want to expand a little on that subject. As Luca mentioned in his answer, having too little time is a symptom that can have three root causes. One of these causes is a lack of focus. Nisandeh calls this Focus Deficit Disorder. In an old blog post Nisandeh has this to say about it:

“Just like most entrepreneurs, and probably just like you, my life was about grabbing opportunity when it came knocking, being flexible, moving fast and implementing changes. I was so used to juggling all these different things that it was no wonder I suffered from what I now call FDD (Focus Deficit Disorder).

At some point I was working 7 days a week (at least in my head), at every moment of the day. I was constantly checking my email, and from there LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, website statistics, and back to my email …

Ow and did I mention that I was very good at multitasking? I could check emails, surf the web and speak on the phone at the same time. I was very proud of it! The result was that when I looked back on my day, I had been busy the whole time but never really got any results.”

Do you recognise this? Then we have some tips for you to cure yourself of FDD and get some things done.

  1. Set some boundaries
    Learn to set boundaries, it’s very important. If you focus on everything at once there’s no space to focus on what’s truly important.
    If you have 100 things on your to-do list there’s a large probability that you won’t get them all done, plus you probably won’t focus on the most important, most essential tasks to be done.
    By setting boundaries you can focus on what’s important.
  2. Prioritize
    If you set boundaries – if you say you’ll focus on 3 tasks today – than it will force you to focus on the 3 tasks that are absolutely crucial for your success at that moment.
    By prioritizing like this the chance that you’re going to get all 3 things done will grow exponentially. This is how you will reach the success that you’re aiming for.
  3. Do less
    Do less instead of more.
    By doing less you will make better choices and being determined to finish something will be easier.
    Doing less will again have you focus on what’s important, so you will make better choices and see more development. It’s also not so easy anymore to switch tasks when you reach a bump in the road. Instead, you’ll have to go over the bump and keep at it until you finish it. We all run into problems finishing things if we’re doing everything at once.
  4. Focus your attention
    “Where attention goes, energy flows and results show”.
    If your attention is everywhere at once, like a lamp, you don’t have enough energy, momentum and critical mass to reach those ambitious goals you set for yourself. So ensure that you are laser-focussed on the areas where you want to see results.
  5. Kill all interruptions
    Check the video below where Nisandeh explains how interruptions influence your working day.

We’d also like to give you this tip:
Work, uninterrupted for 60 mins, then have a five minute break, and repeat. This might be 30 mins, or 45 for you, but keep it uninterrupted. That means no email, no phone, no texts, no social media, nothing.

In the end it’s all about setting boundaries.

One idea is to only check your emails twice per day, and then only answer five emails at a time (so 10 emails per day). Guess what? Those 10 emails are the most important ones.

So how can you set boundaries? Here are some ideas:.

  • Limit the amount of tasks on your daily to-do list.
  • Limit the amount of projects you’re doing at a time.
  • Limit the checking of your email and social media.
  • Don’t let people interrupt you, close your door, lock it if you need to. Tell the kids you need some alone time. Don’t let them interrupt you unless it’s a life or death situation.
  • Switch off your phone when you have to focus
  • Don’t waste time watching tv
  • The internet is a beautiful thing, but limit your time using it, as it’s also one of the biggest distractors out there.

We know, focussing on your goals is hard work …. But this is the kind of hard work that will propel you towards your goals. It’s your choice …. So make it.

Do you have any tips to help others to focus? What are the boundaries that you set? Let us know in the comments below!

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Comment (1)

  1. maria September 5, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply

    thank you,
    repeat repeat repeat
    practice practice practice ….
    i am getting better all the time
    i use my timer more and more

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