hello monday: vol. 13

Hello, Monday. I've been thinking about focus.

As a business owner and a person who is time motivated, it's always my aim to use my working time as efficiently as possible. I'm not bound by a 40-hour work week or a traditional 9-5 schedule, but rather by the length of my to do list and how fell I focus in order to accomplish the items on that list.

 
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We all know at this point that multi-tasking doesn't make you more productive, but rather less productive because switching back and forth between tasks steals focus and therefore time.

But focus, I'm realizing, goes beyond our working hours and even out actual attention span in a particular moment.

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For four years now, I've used an intentional goal planning workbook called the Powersheets.

At the start of the year, after diving into 30+ pages of reflection on your life and the things that affect your goals, you're given space to set up to 10 goals for the duration of the year. Every three months after that, the workbook leaves a space for you to reflect over the last few months, reassess, and refresh your goals moving forward.

Seeing as we're nearly three months into the year, it came time for the first quarterly goal refresh.

One of my best friends and I started a new thing this year that was call Powersheets Prep Dates. Each month, during the final week, we get together and go through our Powersheets together. We talk about what went well the month before, what didn't go so well, what we've been thinking about, areas we want to see progress, and more, offering advice and insight and, ultimately, creating our list of daily, weekly, and monthly goals for the following month.

Being the ambitious person I am, when 2018 started, I made 10 goals for the year, but as I reflected on the past three months, I realized I'd only made legitimate progress in a few of them.

I mentioned to my friend that, in refreshing my goals for the upcoming quarter, I wanted to slim them down. Make fewer goals, so I could feel like I was actually making progress on things instead of trying to go in 100 different directions and therefore not really going anywhere.

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Author Annie Dillard once said, "There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by."

And this, I believe, brings us back to focus.

If we're constantly trying to do hundreds of different things — making progress in our physical health, our jobs, our relationships, our spiritual growth, our boundaries, our hobbies, and more — it will take us an immensely long time to make significant progress anywhere.

As difficult as the choice is sometimes, particularly in our current culture, we must choose focus. We must choose fewer, for a time, in order to not merely have good days, but good lives.