Cut through the clutter and focus better
September is one of my favourite times of year. The beautiful walks, the cooler air, and the sense of refocusing on our goals for the next few months after the fun of summer.
(But, you might be thinking: I'm so busy. There's so much to do. So many distractions. So much clutter.)
Give this a go: Cut through the clutter by doing less. This week, cut out the non-essential, so you can focus on the important stuff. Some action points:
- Consider what Tim Ferriss has to say on the matter. "Doing less meaningful work so you can focus on things of more personal importance is NOT laziness. Our culture tends to reward personal sacrifice rather than personal productivity. Let's define laziness anew - to endure a non-ideal existence. Focus on being productive instead of busy."
Take action on this by considering your day and your schedule. What non-essential clutter can you cut? How does this free up time, energy and brainpower?
- Read this article about a struggling Major League baseball pitcher. When his manager is asked what's holding the pitcher back, he replies ,' I think it truly is he’s got other things in his head… I think it’s just clutter." What happens when he cuts through the clutter?
- Ever wondered how the President starts his day, and keeps fresh for the big decisions? Read this well-researched blog by author Chris Guillebeau.
The Chris Guillebeau blog reminded me last week to save the most important work, the big decisions for when we're fresh - early in the day. As far as possible, I've been trying to either ditch or save all the boring email and uninspiring but necessary tasks - the clutter - for the afternoon, so I can focus on the big stuff when I am fresh. For the most part, it does work.
And perhaps the most important thing in all this is not to feel guilty when you cut the clutter and free that extra time. You deserve that extra space and you need it for the big decisions.
When I went for dinner in Soho I was inspired to take a very arty photo of my food (see below - great photo, yes?). But when I showed it to my friends, they had no idea what it was. How rude.
I'm pretty sure my photography skills are awesome, so can you guess what this delish dish was I ate in Soho?
Let me know below...