Are you feeling you are only giving 10% to everything you do – spread thin and ineffective? There’s a simple solution to this problem. Your brain can only effectively deal with a limited number of priorities at one time. You just aren’t able to impact change if you are targeting too many things at once. Instead, create BUCKETS to get things out of your brain so you can focus on your top priorities.
Get started by writing down all your tasks, projects, and anything that is on your mind and preventing you from focusing. It could be you need to complete a proposal, have a difficult conversation with an employee, book a haircut; anything personal or work related. Write it all down.
Now choose your top 1-3 priorities, and then put everything else into buckets, with each bucket only holding one item. These buckets are then metaphorically shelved out of the way until you have time to bring each bucket down and deal with it.
This simple process of creating buckets and putting things away and out of your mind, gives you space to breathe, and the time to be more productive. You will have less “clutter” preventing you from focusing and achieving success.
So, what’s on your plate right now that’s overwhelming for you? What’s eating up your energy and time as you are consistently thinking or worrying about it? I challenge you to decide to deal with it now OR, put it in a bucket and away on the shelf. This act of consciously choosing what to focus on, and deciding to shelf the clutter, will restore your energy. You will be more effective and ready to really dive into the important stuff and achieve success.
Author: Joanne Loberg of JL Careers Inc. is a Certified Executive Coach and Internationally Certified Career Management Professional. She specializes in coaching professional and executive clients and helping them advance their careers. Copyright JL Careers Inc. All rights reserved.
Wishing you much career success!
Certified Executive Coach & Internationally Certified Career Management Professional