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Narrow your focus, broaden your chances

Posted by admin | Life goals/Planning,Uncategorized | Sunday 28 June 2009 3:50 pm

“Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details and excellence will come.”
-Perry Paxton

As a result of the current quick-fix culture in society today, most of human civilisation has degenerated  into a situation where people are frequently and easily  distracted from focussing on important tasks
leading to a wide spread inability to be the best at what we do.

Way back in High school,we had to do certain Physiscs experiments one of which involved trying to focus rays of light on surfaces using lenses. While trying to focus the rays of the sun on a piece of paper,we made a startling discovery-if we allow the rays go through the lens and hit the sheet of paper without converging, not much came of it. But if we make the rays converge at a distict point on the sheet, then it got so hot that it caught fire. In the same way you might never get fired off in life if you refuse to focus. Focus is everything in the world of success and achievement.

The few people that are consistently breaking records in what they do [I have come to realise] are people who more often than not focus on a single mission, task, goal career or target.

Essentially, most of mankind is unable to operate in excellence because of a lack of focus. Evidently, trying to know and do everything does not speak of focus. You must come to a point in your life that you realise that you CANNOT be a master at all the things you have a passion for or what you would want to do. So kick yourself immediately and make a decision on what to focus on.Go to work on it. Find out every information
about it and hit the road and in a few short weeks, months or years, you would have achieved a level of mastery, success and recognition that would bring you the fun, satisfaction and fulfilment you have always craved.

Some important questions you might need to consider:
1. Do you know that a lack of focus might just be what has been short-changing you?
2. And do you know that your inability to focus might just be responsible for all the current outcomes that are not commensurate with your potentials?
3. While you are doing well at the moment, do you know that you could remarkably improve your output and/or performance if you could further narrow your focus?
4. Do you know that the best way to avoid distractions on your way to career, academic & professional success might just be deciding to feed a current focus with most of your resources?

6 practical ways to improve your speed & performance

Posted by admin | Life goals/Planning | Saturday 4 April 2009 7:33 pm

 

1. Learn to concentrate


Someone once said, “Concentration is the most Important Intellectual Habit of Man.”. If you lack it, you would most certainly have problems optimising your performance. So go for it. Learn to focus on one thing at a time. Focus is a powerful thing! It is a proven fact that if you  concentrate your thought and emotion on a singular subject, you are most likely to make a remarkable impression in that area. But if you choose to jump from one activity to another your speed and output is affected, your chances of making mistakes increase and you are unlikely to give necessary attention to details. It has been demonstrated in efficiency tests that time and energy are lost not so much on the task at  hand than in passing from one task to another.  Furthermore, in today’s fast paced environment, it is a brilliant idea to consider turning off your mobile phone and hang off the internet [IM, email…and lately Facebook] if you are serious about that making the best of your time on an important task.

2. Take working breaks


Taking a break is not only  desirable but it’s imperative. A break helps you refresh. Even noticed the performance of your computer after it is rebooted? Its faster, smarter and somewhat or in a sense, understands you better. Thats what happens when you reboot. Breaks improve your productivity, help you relax or rest your body, and refreshes your mind. To understand the hazard of working for too long without a break, you might want to ask people working/looking on a computer for log periods. The muscles in the eyes are usually do not have the time to expand, move or even relax. The over-exertion that occurs may then lead to eye strain. For some people this causes headaches, soreness and blurred vision. 10 minutes break for every hour of focus is a good idea, you might want to consider it.

3. Confront  the hard tasks first


Remember those tasks you always prefer to put at the bottom of the list because you are not happy attending to them? the sad thing is that if you are like me, you would realise that these tasks end up being undone at the end of the day, week or month and because they are important still show up on the list during the next planning circle. Its a smart thing to get them done with first. They usually constitute a psychological drain on your energy because they are always on your mind. It’s understandable that you would usually be tempted to do the easier tasks first [at least because they are easier] but experience shows that its wiser to get the “difficult” task off the way first. Also note that it is a proven truth that the things you put at the bottom of you to-do list usually wind up being the things that are either undone or improperly done.

4. Get additional knowledge and information


Having more information or knowledge about what you are doing would certainly improve your performance and give you some speed. Experience has thought man that the time spent sharpening is more than made up for in the speed and efficiency gained in using a sharp knife. There is no point working very hard at something if you know you are not equipped with the know-how. Go get the know-how first. Make sure you are abreast off the most current information. Technology is designed to enhance speed and performance. Make sure you are current with the facts.

5. Make sure you have the right tools

The right tools would always make the job faster and require less energy. You must ensure you have the right tools for the job.

6. Delegate
Delegating work to others is a high payoff activity. It frees extra time that you can commit to other important tasks. But if you concern yourself with all the things that need to be done, you might end up stressed.

5 Important Reasons Why You Need Goals

Posted by admin | Life goals/Planning | Saturday 14 February 2009 6:21 am

Goal Setting involves establishing specific, measurable, attainable and time targeted objectives. It is much more than simply saying you want something to happen. It is a powerful process of creating a desired end. It involves everything between deciding what you want, creating a very clear and visual picture of that desire, and motivating your self to turn that vision into reality. It has the power to unleash your creativity, innoculate you with excitement, and create the drive to work towards making  your dreams come through.

Some important reasons why you need goals:

1.  Having goals help you clarify what needs to be done and in what order. It is an intelligent way of determining what to concentrate on. With a goal you can immediately establish priority, and spot distractions that have the ability to sap you of scare resources of time, money and materials.

2. Clearly defined goals help you relax. Sometimes you have a lot of ideas competing for your attention. The competition is sometimes so intense that you get into some kind of productivity paralysis. Goal setting helps you organise, prioritise and get rid of the clutter so that you are more efficient, and productive while not loosing your sanity. With goals you know what needs to be done, when, how and why.

3.  With goals , it is possible to measure progress. You have firm deadlines and can tell when you aren’t living up to your own promise.

4. Goals give you focus and direction. With goals you are unlikely to jump on the next popular bandwagon. You are in firm control of the direction of your life. Most people in life spend their time working on other peoples goals because they actually have none. Life just takes them in the direction the next probable wind is blowing.

5. Goals help you capture the details you otherwise would have missed. Lots of people experience the folly of living without goals and end up with lots of missed opportunities. They come face to face with certain realities when it is already too late to respond. But with goals it is easier to see the big picture-easily identify what is missing in the puzzle and correct it in good time.