Everyday, people ask me for strategies to get “IT” (goals, to-dos, etc) done. While it may seem obvious for some, staying focused and achieving goals can be near-impossible for others. And since I want everyone to feel good about themselves, their abilities and their successes I’m sharing a few of the more common tips to getting “IT” done.
Breathe in for 5, hold for 5 and exhale for 5. Repeat 7 times. Do this every time you are overwhelmed. Take fish oil, limit your sugar intake and get some fresh air. Yes, THIS will help you be more focused.
2. Timing is everything!
If you are a morning person, try to accomplish the bulk of your tasks in the morning, same goes for the night owls. As I always say “When God is calling, pick up the damn phone!”.
3. Know your effective learning style.
Everyone has a bit of every learning style but each of us has a dominant style: Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic. Visual learners can accomplish more by using visual reminders (mind mapping, books, cheat sheets, etc). Auditory learners can accomplish more by listening to directions and asking lots of questions. Kinesthetic learners can accomplish more by taking advantage of every opportunity and physically doing. If you’re not sure what kind of learner you are contact me at: email@example.com for an assessment.
4. Get rid of obvious distractions or relocate yourself.
Doing work in front of the TV has never been a good idea nor is trying to concentrate with loud music, crowds, visual stimuli, etc. Clear the clutter whether it’s noise, people, or stuff. The fewer distractions the better. Imagine what would happen to a race horse if it didn’t have blinders on?
Make a list of all of the goals (tasks) that you need to accomplish on a piece of paper. Yes, WRITE IT DOWN. Using the Urgent/Important Matrix that you can find at www.lovelylife.ca place each item in its appropriate quadrant. Resist the urge to put everything in the Urgent/Important quadrant. Not every task is due today nor is every task important. Now, focus only on the items that are in the top left quadrant (U/I). Re-prioritize once those tasks are complete. Keep this U/I matrix visible and handy to help you stay focused.
6. Stop lying to yourself.
We sabotage ourselves for several reasons: “I’m not good enough”, “I’m too good for this”, “I’ll fail”, “I’m not ready”, “I’m bored”, “The conditions aren’t perfect”, etc… Whatever your reasons are, for not accomplishing what’s on your U/I matrix, needs to stop. Face your fears and make IT happen.
7. Get Coached!
Often, as a coach, my primary role is to keep you on track to achieving your goals. If the tips above still don’t bring you closer to achieving your goals then consider a coach. We’re as varied as the colours in a rainbow.
Written By: Tina Collins, CCP