Each and every one of us longs for being a productivity machine. The best you can hope for is to be fully focused on what you’re doing at any given moment.
There are 6 essential components to your life and work. Each one sustains into the other.
If you’re a author, for instance, you can not expect to be banging out perfect content all day. Sometimes you have to explore and research, sometimes you have to read, and sometimes you have to send invoices.
Struggling with having a full time job, starting my own business and writing a blog ,I discovered these 6 essential components of achieving Full Focus. If you plan your days with these components, following the ebbs and flows of your energy, you’ll always be completely focused on the task at hand.
Prioritization and planning empowers smooth and swift action. You aren’t questioning what you should be doing, you’re simply doing. You can prioritize by choosing what to do, and what not to do, or by building habits to cut decision fatigue.
Prioritization is the most rationally draining type of thinking, so take time to prioritize when your brain is clear. I do a prioritization session every Sunday evening, where I plan my week.
Every creator cherishes the time when they’re generating. This is the point when you’re in that stream state, and words or design or code is coming easily, while the clock glides forward. You can only be in this state so many hours in a day.
Choose a time, every day, for this kind of work, and secure it. turn aside all possible distractions. Strangely, your best time for generation may be when you’re groggy.
Everyone has made fortunate discoveries. Maybe you’re scanning your Facebook feed, and an article a friend shared simply happens to have that missing piece of the puzzle. The danger of this is that you then intuitively place too high a value on scrolling Facebook. And that might cut into your generation time.
Choose a time for exploring, reading books, watching movies, or surfing the web. That that won’t interfere with your prime generation time. Be firm about what you consume by following your interests.
You have standards of value, but sometimes those standards can knock you out of flow. If you’re a author, for instance, don’t let looking up a historical date, or a fact, or the spelling of a word, knock you off track.
Switching mind states is excessively taxing, and each moment of that prime generation time counts. It’s much better to make a different session where you refine the subtle details.
We all have annoying details we need to attend to. Filling out expense reports, or reviewing our site stats, for instance. Don’t let the administrative details interfere your most productive time. Put them as lowest priority. If I get an email from my accountant, for instance, I’ll boomerang it so it comes back to me on Friday. By that time, I’ve exhausted my creative energy, so it’s a good time to go through finances.
You know you can’t produce 24 hours a day. Really, you can, yet it simply doesn’t seem like it. When you rest, your knowledge consolidates, and connections get made for later creative blasts.
This is particularly genuine when you’re sleeping. Make time to rest and recharge, regardless of the possibility that you prefer not to. Do nothing, and spend time with people you care about. Your generation session on Monday will be more productive for it.
If you start to observe how your work and life are made up of these 6 essential components, you can start to plan your schedule appropriately. When every minute has a purpose, you eliminate procrastination, control momentum, and work like a perpetual motion machine.
Tuning your work and schedule for full focus is an continuous process. It doesn’t occur overnight. You may need to try some eccentric methods. However, if you’re determined, you’ll probably achieve full focus, and produce great work easily.