Focus in today’s environment of information smog and incessant interruptions is elusive. Add to that he myth of multi-tasking, that for some inane reason is considered a virtue, and it is a wonder that we create or produce anything of great value.
Most of us are frustrated by our busyness and lack of productivity. We seem to fly from one meeting to the next, answer countless emails (and texts, Facebook or Google+ messages, IM’s), and so on, and yet at the end of the day or week, we often wonder what did we actually accomplish. We certainly worked hard and our days were full of activity, but yet, we have that nagging feeling that we missed something. That we could have really created something great, but we just did not have the time.
We lack focus. We lack the opportunity to concentrate our time and energies on the one or two things that really matter. The really important things in our lives and work only get a smattering of our attention. Why?
There are many reasons, but a big one is our inability or failure to say No!. We just need to learn to say no to the things that are not central to our lives and work. The problem is that often it is not the bad things we are having to say no to (and we should), it is saying no to good things – good things that actually distract us from the best things.
Determine the true priorities in your life and your work and learn to say no to the things that don’t align to those priorities.