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GOAL! Tips for staying focused

July 20, 2011 by Jay in Smart Thinking with 5 Comments

We all have goals, some more important than others. Here at Sterling Effort we are actively trying to maximise our personal wealth in order to improve our quality of life. This is no easy task and as a result it can sometimes be difficult to stay on point when the end seems so very far off in the distance, if at all. I have been thinking recently of ways to try and stay on track and not let things distract me. Here are a few I have come up with:

1. Have a clear idea of what you want to achieve.
Otherwise you gots no goals dawg! Fairly obvious this one really.

2. Have a plan
‘Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail’ was a phrase said to me many years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. I think it is important to attempt to plan how you are going to achieve your goals, even if you’re not 100% sure how you are going to do it yet! Plan out what you DO know, that way it will be easier to fill in the blanks.

3. Do one thing at once
Multitasking is for losers. And women. And I doubt they’re really any good at it.

4. Keep your eyes on the prize
Sounds cheesy but I think its important to remember where you are trying to get to and keep that thought in mind at all times. It’s very easy to get so involved with other things that you end up going way off track.

5. Take a Break
Overworking yourself can sometimes be counter-productive. Again, with good planning you should be allocating some time to yourself to relax and chill out. Insert here your favourite ‘Burning the candles at both ends’ phrase.

6. Delegate
You don’t always have to try and do everything yourself. If your friend has a set of skills that could be put to use and save you having to learn them yourself, it keeps you free to progress onto the next stage of your plan.

7. Remove yourself from distractions
Allocate a small amount of time to TV. Probably the single biggest waste of time there is – we all enjoy it, but ration the telebox into your chill out time and don’t let it encroach on time set aside for working.

8. Tell lie-ins to **** off
We all love lie-ins, but they are the root of all things even and unholy when it comes to applying yourself. They sap away half of the day and before you know it by the time you start applying yourself to your plan its time for lunch. You think you’ll start after lunch but of course you don’t because by that time there are too many other distractions going on (friends/family/TV/pick your favourite). I have been guilty of lying in on more occasions than I care to imagine and have recently been making a conscious effort to get up early and I have to say I have reaped the benefits.

Do you have any other ways of staying focused? If so i’d like to hear them. There’s a huge vast expanse of nothingness below this text where your comment should be. So get writing!

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  1. Harri @ TotallyMoneyJuly 21, 2011 at 3:29 pmReply

    “Multitasking is for losers. And women. And I doubt they’re really any good at it.” Outrageous! ;)

    I’d add ‘Be realistic’. Yep goals are great as is aiming high. But consistently failing to meet your own expectations can make you bloody miserable.

    • JayJuly 21, 2011 at 6:01 pmReplyAuthor

      Ha! I’m only kidding, i’m sure you are excellent at multitasking :p

      Thats a good point – i’ve set myself impossible goals in the past and as you say, you’re just setting yourself up for a fall.

    • Zero Passive IncomeJuly 27, 2011 at 2:03 amReply

      LOL!!! Literally the best quote I read all day!

      • JayAugust 5, 2011 at 7:18 pmReplyAuthor

        hehehe shhh Harri might hear you…

  2. Like-minded individualsOctober 14, 2011 at 12:05 pmReply

    [...] could also mean distancing yourself from certain people at times in order for you to stay on track. Staying focused can be hard and good friends and family should encourage you to better yourself and achieve what [...]

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