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Compare this approach with a fragmented one. You're a morning person. You need to write a sales page for your web site. You also need to read and respond to email today and you also want to schedule time, just an hour or so, to get some sun.
It's morning but, instead of starting your sales page, you decide to read and respond to your email first, to kind of ease into day. That's a breeze because reading and responding to email is not an intellectually demanding task and you're at your peak anyway. You finish reading and responding to your mail two hours later.
Now you think about writing your sales page. But you've used your peak concentration time on email and you've lost that sharp edge you always have first thing in morning. That makes writing sales copy, an already intellectually demanding task, even more difficult. You really don't feel like it right now. So you put it off. You look for something easier to do.
Maybe you could take that hour off now and use time while you're lying out in sun to get your head together. But no, you can't relax if you know you have work uncompleted. So you decide to force yourself to make a start on your sales copy. You write your copy but it just doesn't flow. It feels stilted and contrived.
You begin to get frustrated and annoyed with yourself. If only I'd got it over and done with first thing I'd be dealing with my email right now looking forward to lying out in sun for a while later on, you think. That's what I should be doing! So, you get annoyed with yourself, and become generally irritable. Which, of course, just blocks creative flow even more. Lunchtime rolls around and you feel like you've wasted half a day.
What a waste of energy, concentration and creativity! What a lack of FOCUS. Just look at energy you've wasted feeling annoyed and irritable with yourself. Just think what you could have accomplished if you'd put that energy to good use and focused!
Save yourself angst. Identify priority tasks, strategically allocate times of day to each task depending on how intellectually demanding they are, and exercise personal DISCIPLINE to do right thing right and at right time.
-> Concentrate on One Thing at a Time
When you're doing right thing at right time, dedicate yourself to that one thing and nothing else. Don't let your mind wander to what else you could be doing. You don't need to worry about that because "what else" has been allocated its own time and that time will come.
Remember, whole point of focusing is to make maximum use of your time, energy, concentration and creativity. If you can do this, you will give yourself gift of more time for yourself and your family. So remember to turn it off too. Give 100% of yourself to task at hand during time allocated to that task and then let it go.
Take care of business but always remember, life is for living!
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