Posts in Productivity
How to avoid overwhelm and stay focused in your business, Part II

Distraction sucks. You know and I know that it keeps us from a more productive work life, but it’s SO hard to fight! How do you choose focus consistently, when distraction is so easy?

Last time we talked about the two major things you need to have in place in order to focus effectively: clearly defined goals and a clearly defined “No” list. Based on those two things, you should have a clear idea of the specific actions you need to be focused on in order to make progress on the things that are important to you.

So last time was about choosing the work. Today is about doing the work. How do you stay focused in the moment-by-moment, day-by-day reality of getting things done?

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How to avoid overwhelm and stay focused in your business, Part 1

The internet is a noisy place, and if you’re anything like me, it’s easy to get distracted.

The problem is this: there are still a limited number of minutes and hours that you can actually dedicate each day to moving the ball forward and building your own little creative empire. The only way to make the most of the time you have is to FOCUS.

So for the next couple of posts, let’s walk through some ways that you can actually practice focus in your creative business. We’ll start with some big picture stuff today, and then next time we’ll talk tips and tricks for making the big picture happen.

Ready? Pour yourself a beverage, grab a pen and paper, put aside your phone for a second (little bonus focus tip for you right there), and let’s jump in!

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The 20 minute practice that will help you get more done each week

Over the last nine months or so, I’ve started doing something at the end of each week that has totally changed how much I’m able to get done over the course of the next seven days, both at work and at home. A Weekly Review doesn’t take much more than 20 or 30 minutes to do — but it gives me focus and momentum going into the next week that I just wouldn’t have otherwise. Since it’s made such a difference for me, I thought I’d share my process in the hope that it’ll give you some ideas for how you can make this idea work for you!

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