Once we have set our goals, it’s time to divert our attention to achieving these goals. We can do this through focus.
We are living in a fast-paced distraction-filled world where we can get distracted easily. It’s impossible to be successful if you lack focus in your life.
It is your choice what you chose when distraction knocks on your door – focus or distraction? Focus will help you become productive at your work, with all your attention and energy focused on the task at hand. Everything else is secondary, helping you complete your work efficiently. Focus prevents you from wasting your time and energy on useless things.
When you are focused, no one can stop you to achieve success. If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. Successful people are focused on their mission.
Successful people never let distractions come in their way. Alexander Graham Bell once said “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus”, emphasising the importance of focusing on the task at hand. But, how do we know where to focus our energy?
By prioritising our tasks.
Prioritising your tasks can help to organise what tasks need to be done first.
If you look at the Eisenhower Matrix below, in Quadrant 1 are important and urgent tasks; items that need to be completed immediately and bear serious consequences if they are not achieved on time.
Quadrant 2 is for important tasks, but ones that you have little more time to work with.
Meanwhile, Quadrant 3 are tasks that need to be done urgently, but are not that important in the grand scheme of things – they are not important in achieving your goal.
Lastly, Quadrant 4 is stuff that this not urgent nor is it important.
Your first step would be to put all your tasks in each of the four Quadrants, and then do them in order from the first Quadrant to the fourth Quadrant.
Now, that we have prioritised our tasks, we need to organise them.
Next issue: Steps to Success Part 3.