We’ve been a bit quieter than normal on social media for the last couple of months, but for a good reason.
I’ve been working with our team to tweak our business offerings so that we can better delight our customers, like you. And as a result, we have some exciting offerings and events rolling out in the upcoming months which will help you use your natural talents and “differentiating edge” to be the preferred leader in your chosen organization or industry.
During this time of strategy and reflection, I realized that sometimes slowing down a bit and taking a step back to refocus, can help you in the long run. For a while there, our team felt a bit overwhelmed with the huge number of tasks on our plate. One person even said that we were running in circles like the Tasmanian Devil cartoon character!
But slowing down and giving ourselves the gift of focus helped us to cut out what wasn’t helping our company’s mission, reduce the number of distractions, and helped to bring back some semblance of balance. According to productivity expert, Laura Stack, we were spot on regarding what needed to be done to make a quantum leap in expanding our capacity.
There are three things I learned during this process that I wanted to share with you, in hopes that it will help you too. To absolutely crush your goals, you should focus on 3 things, and 3 things only:
1. Grow your metrics: Metrics are the level of success of the objectives and initiatives that are the most important in order for you to succeed. For example, your metrics may be items such as the level of performance of your job duties or to increase the quarterly profits of your business. Whatever your professional metrics, if an activity or task does not relate to your metrics, question yourself as to the level of real value in completing it.
2. Grow your followers: Your followers are your strategic supporters. They may be clients, mentors, leaders, social media networks, etc. In a nutshell, they are those individuals who are invested and interested in helping you to succeed.
3. Get out of your own way: Too many times, we focus on the wrong things because we avoid doing the hard work of things that matter or we get distracted by hobbies we love. The study of human effectiveness has found that any interruption will break your concentration, lowering your productivity for anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. And we wonder why we are not as successful as we desire!
So what does this all mean to you?
In my experience, it means that if you find yourself, in your professional life, fighting the same old battle of having too many things to do and not enough time to do them, focus on what matters most. Time is the ultimate non-renewable resource. Honor it. Spend it on purpose.
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