Friday, January 13, 2017

Hard Work Never Killed Anyone. Stress Has!


A friend of mine recently went to the doctor because he was facing certain health challenges. The doctor told him that he needed to quit working so hard. If not, his health would continue to go down and it might just kill him. That was a wake-up call to my friend.

I am sure my friend isn’t the first person to get this advice from a medical professional. However, I thought to myself that I hope my friend takes that medical advice in the right way. I am not a medical professional but I might have given him a little different advice.

Category: , Continue Reading »
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Focus Part #2: Guarding Our Focus


What kills focus? My last blog post explored how we don’t want to keep a bunch of unfinished tasks rolling around in our heads. If we do, they take up the brain space we need to focus all our mental energies on the task at hand. People who have incredible focus are able to do one thing at a time, do it well, and then move on.

In the real world though, most of us aren’t afforded that opportunity. Our lives consist of a constant set of interruptions and distractions. Just when we get going on one thing, someone comes in and dumps something else on our desk. As we are focusing on the needs of one employee or customer, we get a text, email, phone call, or visit from three others who need us too.

Category: , Continue Reading »
Friday, December 16, 2016

Focus Part #1: Adding Focus to Your Day


How important is it that we are able to focus 100% of our attention on the task at hand? Well, it depends on the task. For some tasks, it is crucially important. Daily we face challenges that require all the brain cells we can muster. For others, we can get by with half our brains tied behind our back.

I would say that few of us are going full tilt all day long. On the other hand, how far we go in life may be determined by our ability to, when needed, focus 100% of our attention on a single task until it is completed.

What I want to explore in the current blog post is how important it is to be able to focus on one task at a time. To do so, I want to take you back ninety years to a waiter with an incredible ability to remember what patrons had ordered.

Category: Continue Reading »
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Important Is Too Important to Be Left to the Urgent


He couldn’t understand how he had flunked my exam. He had stayed up all night studying for it. He acted like that should have proven to me that he knew the material. All it showed me is that he waited too late before getting started.

I asked him to imagine the following scenario. Let’s say it is a press conference after the big game. The losing coach walks in and says he really thought his team would win. “After all,” he says, “We stayed up all last night practicing for the game.”

Category: , Continue Reading »
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

That Last Minute that Bites


This weekend, I spoke to a group of about 150 people on time management. I asked for a show of hands from everyone who feels like they have a problem with procrastination. Literally everyone in the room raised their hand. One guy raised two hands. There might have been one or two people who didn’t get around to raising their hands but I didn’t see them.

I told the audience to look around the room. Procrastination is a natural state of human existence. It isn’t weird that you procrastinate. If you don’t procrastinate, you are in the vast, vast majority of mankind. That makes you the weird one.

Category: Continue Reading »
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gaining Focus: Sage Advice from the Oracle of Omaha

Warren Buffett

Success requires focus. Not just a little focus. It requires a lot of focus. The most successful people are always the ones who have the greatest focus.

The best advice I have ever heard on staying focused came from Warren Buffett. He gave this advice to the pilot of his jet. Buffett asked him if that’s all he wanted to do with his life. Do you want to spend the best years of your life being a glorified chauffeur in the sky?

Category: , , , Continue Reading »
Friday, June 10, 2016

A Word About SMART Goals


In my last Blog post, I discussed a practical approach to goal setting. It starts with setting a few “stretch goals” which are long-term goals. Stretch goals are great for letting you know what you want to do with your current stage in life but they don’t provide much guidance for what you should be doing today.

To decide what you should accomplish today, you need a list of “to do items.” These are the specific action steps you are going to take today. One problem is that it usually is difficult to develop to do items from your stretch goals. That is why we need something that will bridge the gap between our stretch goals and our to do list. That is where bridge goals come in.

Category: , , Continue Reading »
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Practical Goal Setting

Goal Setting

Nothing is more important to our success than setting goals. Many people don’t set goals because the whole process can sometimes be a bit confusing. We hear about goal setting all the time because it is so important but we don’t set goals because it really doesn’t seem that practical.

Let’s look at practical goals setting in a way that will take the mystery out of this all-important aspect of achieving success. If you are setting goals and it is working for you, great. You are probably one of the most productive people around. If you are not setting goals, you should be. It will definitely take your productivity up to a new level. Let’s see how to do so.

Category: , , Continue Reading »