What is your daily list of activities?
Are you quit busy?
Are you sure that that activities related with your goals (business or personal)?
Have you re-check with the activities and separate some of it to be more focus?
Some people, why I need that?
I can do multiple job in once.
Yes, of course everybody can, but it on maximum level?
Not really I guess.
Okay, lets get an example.
1. Movie title “Wanted” (Angelina Jolie, 2008).
Have you seen that movie?
It already play on your TV screen many times, maybe once in a year or two by one TV station.
I give you some flashback.
A frustrated office worker (Wesley) learns that he is the son of a professional assassin (Cross), and that he shares his father’s superhuman killing abilities.
Someday, Fox (Angelina Jolie), search for him and train him hardly.
On the training battle, Wesley need to focus on several things that will bring his superhuman killing abilities.
Fox need to improve his speed, reflex, body combat, gun shoot, no fears, assassin taste, flexibility, strategic think, creative, fast healing, and no mercy.
All these training need by Wesley to be a professional killer.
Okay, stop for a while then we see the situation.
Why Wesley only focus on these things?
Because these activities that have a major and significant impact with his improvement.
The initial goal from Sloan (Morgan Freeman) was to prepare Wesley to be ready to kill Wesley father – Cross.
This killer, Cross, have no weakness, very strong, even no body on Sloan’s organization kill him.
That’s why, Sloan need Fox to train Wesley to kill Cross, whatever it takes.
That’s a focus.
That’s a focus on focusing.
With single goal, you can be more focus and improve it in great way.
2. Mother / Wife in House.
Okay, every mother is a great hero in home.
Why? Because she can do multiple job in her daily life.
E.g. Take care kids, cooking, cleaning house, and managing a family finance.
What a wonderful hero.
As a woman, she has a single focus, to be a great wife and mother in her house.
How? She has a several activities that she think that can improve it, as we mention above.
Now, do you understand 2 above example?
Okay, I share my experience.
2 years ago, I did a “Lean” training in Malaysia, for 3 days.
Lean mean to simplify and focusing on activities that most related with your goals.
It similar with with six sigma, or any project management course.
This training would help you identify the most significant activities.
E.g. Auditing, it’s not a core on business, but sales is the most important to build your business.
I am not saying that this not important, but you can delay or outsource to 3rd party.
Now, lets get back to “Focus on Focusing”, this topic.
As an entrepreneur, or someone that just start to grow your business, I know that we have a huge ideas to be implemented on.
I mean, you want this, that, invest, online marketing, create website, develop a product, etc.
That’s a natural and I did too until now.
It’s hard to focus on the most significant things on business.
Based on experience, you can do a simple things with great measurement.
You must do a planning, priorities, with good measurement using SMART performance.
1. Create your business goal, mission, and vision. Just a simple, one sentence, with SMART criteria.
- Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
- Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
- Assignable – specify who will do it.
- Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
- Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.
E.g. I want to grow my new business from zero customers into 100 hundreds repeat customers in one year from now.
2. List down all important activities that support with your goal.
E.g. online marketing, etc.
3. Priorities, define, and schedule it.
Break it down into a single piece, understand the criteria, and schedule it.
Execute your focus and be consistent to do that.
I share you another article from another author.
Author Neil Patel, 23 July 2015.
Access on 27 July 2015.