Over the last 17 years, I have delivered a wide range of professional coaching, mentoring and consultancy services to the leadership and management of over 250 different businesses across the UK and Europe. From long-established multi-national corporates, to brand new single person start-ups, and many variations in between.
I have lost count of how many times some clients, and prospective clients alike, have said they’re “too busy”, or that they “need to sort a few things out first”, or “I’ll get back to you”, “School holidays/Christmas/etc is coming up”, etc, etc, as reasons for not doing important tasks.
You have come across something similar, I expect? Perhaps it even rings a few bells with you too?
But what is the main cause of this? What makes so many people feel they’re “too busy”, and so on?
The irony is that this is exactly one of the areas I work on with clients to improve their leadership, and grow their businesses.
So, how come there’s always a reason not to?
It’s because their focus is not where it provides the most benefit, either for the individual or their business or, most often, both!
Now, focus is often a tricky thing to get right – there are so many things to do, so many changing priorities, and, dare I say, too many easy reasons to put more important tasks off!
So, how can focus be improved?
I’m a keen believer in trying to develop and deliver simple solutions to issues like this, simply because simple ‘works’. Complicated (usually) doesn’t!
So, when it comes to improving your focus, try these simple steps:
- Do or Delegate: whatever you come across, either do something with it yourself, or delegate it to someone else. Do not put it off until later!
- If it isn’t indispensable, it’s useless: this is one of the best time management tips I have ever been given. If you really can’t do without it, keep it. If you can do without it (no matter in how small a way), you don’t need it. Be firm in making your decision.
- Prioritise. Prioritise. Prioritise. Make a weekly and daily list of what you need to to do, prioritise it (click here for a simple way to prioritise any list), and do it in order of highest priority first!
To find out more about improving your focus, and other benefits of professional coaching and mentoring, particularly in developing leadership, strategy and growing a business, please contact me:
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