3 Reinforced Ways to Help You Focus & Stay On Track
Are you habitually having problems finishing your projects? You’ve tried and tried but still can’t get over the hump? Well here are some well documented, proven strategies that you’ve probably heard of in the past. But we’re going to take these strategies and reinforce them with some key parameters. And hopefully it will help you stay focused to complete all of your goals going forward.
1. Create a Believable To-Do List
Now this first one has to be something that you believe you can do. It can’t be something you know in your heart of hearts…it won’t get done that day. Do not make an impossible task count each day. It has to be absolutely achievable.
Or else all you’ll have is a continual overlap of things you couldn’t do the day before…the day before that…and the day before that! So even if you can realistically only put one thing on your list that you know you can complete, so be it. By the end of the week, you’ll have seven things completed and that’s a lot more than some people will accomplish all month.
Even before you write your to-do list, make sure that you evaluate your schedule and your time. Figure out how long it will take to get each task done so you can estimate if you can do them in your allotted time that day.
Evaluate your experience in certain tasks as well. Are you completely experienced in doing these tasks. For instance, if you’re trying to build a website and you’re a complete newbie at it…ask yourself if you really think you’ll get it done and completed that day. Again make sure that it is believable and achievable.
If you have external help at your disposal like a mentor or a programmer to help with tasks, then that obviously makes things a lot easier. But all of this should be considered when writing out your tasks.
Lastly where is your lazy factor? The human conditioning is never really discussed as much as it should be when it comes to completing your goals. You always get the obligatory, “Just Take Action!” response, but you have to know who you are to know how to take action.
Whenever you are introduced to something new, habits have to change. So it’s a good thing to ask what you’re really ready for when it comes to writing your tasks. You can grow to be better but write down, for now, what you are actually capable of doing mentally. Then you can build from there.
2. Put Strong Accountability Systems in Place
This is where you make an announcement to others to make yourself accountable to finishing your goals. But let’s reinforce a stronger accountability system.
This is not the usual tell a friend you’re gonna hit this goal, you don’t hit it and they understand if you don’t meet your goals. That friend says, I told you so. You both have a chuckle and move on to the next.
No…you have to first be accountable to someone you respect. Someone that will get on your tail and push you. This could be a mentor that you hopefully don’t have to pay for the privilege. You can join a skype mastermind group (some are better than others). In a group such as this where everyone is working hard and contributing, you definitely don’t want to be the weak link.
This is a great place for you to engage in mentally. You want to set yourself under someone or be a part of a community where you basically want a good grade…Where You’re Scared to Fail! Get in there, announce yourself and what you do and highlight your progress to them as a challenge to yourself.
This is a real accountability system that works.
3. Start and Finish One Project at a Time
Simply follow your projects through to the end. Give it a decent shot and work it to the fullest. Don’t distract yourself with the next big thing that comes along because there will always be a next big thing. History shows that.
And no procrastiworking-just busy working to justify you’re doing something when you’re really doing nothing. Get it done!
Find a project that you know will work from your research and initial feedback you’ll ask for from your peers…Stay focused on it and complete that goal before you jump ship.
Then when that is automated, you can move on to the next.
And there you have it. 3 reinforced ways to keep you focused and on track on your current and future projects. Send me a comment if you concur or have even better methods. I’d love to see what cha got!