I have been thinking a lot lately about focus and the relentless distractions which pull at me. Where I am putting my time and energy can mean the difference between a successful week of work. My recent road trip has me thinking about prioritizing. Here are some questions I am filtering my work through:
- Is the work or commitment building an asset? I want to be about building something over time. It makes it worthwhile.
- Do I enjoy it? This goes for the work and the relationships. There are customers and vendors that just make life difficult. I have great examples of both. Those should be the standard bearers.
- Is it profitable? If I am going to put my time towards something, then I want it to be highly profitable, not marginally so. At the end of the day, we turn time into money. Better to make the time count.
As I am working through various commitments, it’s good to cut out what doesn’t matter and learn to say, “No,” to the things that don’t fit.
I am tired of noise. Noise feels like we are doing something, but at the end of it, busyness can just wear us out.
What are some things you would say you need to focus on in lieu of competing demands?