Back in Focus
Well I’m back in focus and ready to talk about how I struggle with focus each day. I am pretty good with two hour blocks of time so long as I can shut the door and block the interference. For a time I can apply my attention with laser focus and get things done. Beyond the two hours, it gets dicey. My mind will begin to wander. By and large, though, on a day to day basis I am pretty good with a prioritized to-do list. Where I break down is on the long haul.
Important but not Urgent
I think it is Stephen Covey that talks about categorizing tasks in a quadrant with one axis representing urgency (non-urgent to urgent) and the other representing importance (non-important to important). The priority should be the important things and particularly the non-urgent important things because they are what you need to get where you want to go and if you are not careful, these will always get deferred by urgent and non-important things.
Look- a squirrel
This is where flibbertigibbetry takes me down. It is like trying to calm down a hunting dog when he sees a rabbit. Those urgent tasks always get my attention. The phone. The email. Once those unimportant tasks get my attention, there is no end of additional followup’s.
I need a good system
I haven’t found a good system to transfer the urgency and passion of my long-term goals into weekly and daily to-do lists that help control my higgledy piggledy moment by moment tendencies. Granted, the best solution would be an iron resolve and strict discipline but I don’t see that coming any time soon. The second best would be my own personal drill sergeant to keep me in line and focused. Well, maybe not. I would be willing to settle for a planning system that takes long term goals and translates them into monthly, weekly and daily plans. Maybe I have to create this myself. But maybe there is a tool already available.
Got any suggestions?
Flibbertigibbet is a great word to say. But I’d rather stop making higgledy piggledy decisions and being one in order to take charge of my life. Anybody got any ideas that they use to keep on track?