Society tells us that the way to be successful is by doing as many different things as you can.
👥 Spend time with as many people as possible.
📚 Read tons of books.
🎧 Listen to lots of podcasts.
🛄 Try as many different careers as you can.
ℹ️ Consume as much information as you can.
However the most successful entrepreneurs and business owners in the world, you’ll find that they’re exceptional at blocking out the noise and focusing on only the things that move the needle the most.
That’s the fastest way to success.
Make a commitment to doing just one thing at a time. Only integrating one new application at a time. Only taking one course at a time. Only learning how to master one social media platform at a time, etc. An intentional approach like this allows you to stay focused on the things that truly matter. It also forces you to finish things once you start them.
Guard your calendar‘
You have to get better at protecting your time. And the best way to protect your time is by guarding your calendar. This means intentionally blocking out chunks of time each day to perform specific tasks. You’ll even want to block out segments for downtime, family time, exercise, etc.
Silence your notifications
How many notifications do you think you get per day? Between phone calls, text messages, emails and push notifications on your smartphone, it’s in the hundreds. And every time one of your devices rings or dings, it consumes your attention and prevents you from doing the work you’re supposed to be doing. Want to improve your focus? Silence your notifications, and only check them during specific intervals during the day.
Clean up your email inbox
Unsubscribe from all promotional email lists and anyone who sends dozens of marketing and sales messages. If you don’t want to unsubscribe, you could always create your own dedicated email account just for promotional emails like this (make sure you only check it one or two times per week).
Don’t forget to give yourself some time off. Productivity isn’t always about doing, doing, doing. Sometimes you need to take some time away from work in order to recharge your brain and process creative ideas and information.
Take regular breaks throughout the day (including breaks for physical activity) as well as prolonged breaks throughout the week/year.