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        Focus Your Light, Energy, Concentration and Creativity


        © 2015 Elena Fawkner

        Remember when you were a kid how you could make paper catch
        fire by focusing the sun's rays with a magnifying glass?
        You'd look over your shoulder at the sun, get the angle of
        the rays just right, and move the magnifying glass until
        you could see a small circle of bright light on the piece
        of paper in front of you.  Gradually, that circle began to
        turn brown and the paper began to smoulder until its edges
        began to curl under as the flame took hold.

        How did that humble magnifying glass start something as
        powerful and elemental as a fire?  The answer, of course, is
        concentration.  Concentration of the sun's rays into a tiny,
        intense circle of heat.  In a word, FOCUS.

        We work the same way.  If we truly focus our energy,
        concentration and creativity, we bring an intensity to the
        task that we just can't generate if these things are
        scattered amongst several projects at once.

        Now, to simply say to you, "focus your energy and you will
        achieve greater results" is all very well.  It's quite
        another matter entirely to be able to do it, especially when
        there are umpteen different priorities constantly tugging
        away at you, each demanding at least some of your attention
        and NOW DAMMIT!

        To bring focus to your various activities, you need to break
        the cycle of allowing yourself to be distracted from the
        task at hand.

        -> Identify Priority Tasks

        To start with, you should allocate your time proportionately
        to all of the various tasks you need to do.  Notice I said
        NEED to do.  The first step is to decide what truly needs to
        be done and what doesn't.  If you categorize a task as
        something that needs to be done, ask yourself why it is
        necessary.  Another way of asking the same question is to
        ask yourself, "what will happen if I don't do this today?".
        If the ultimate consequence is that nothing will happen, why
        do it?

        If you find yourself reluctantly concluding, well, I don't
        NEED to do this, I WANT to, then put it into the "need to
        do" category.  Doing things for yourself, for your own
        enjoyment or satisfaction, should be a priority.  Focus is
        not only about doing the things you should do, it is doing
        the things you want to do as well.  By including in your
        need to do list things that are for your own personal
        pleasure and enjoyment, you replenish yourself and this in
        turn allows you to bring even greater focus, awareness and
        creativity to your other activities.  So, give yourself
        permission to enjoy yourself.

        ->Allocate Time to Priority Tasks

        Now that you have identified your 'need to do' activities,
        decide when you are going to do them and estimate how long
        you think they will take.  Then add 40%.  One of the
        immutable laws of the universe is that everything takes
        longer than you think it will.  Save yourself the stress of
        running to keep up with the clock.

        When thinking about when you will do a specific task, work
        with your body.  Are you a morning person, a night-owl, a
        late-afternoon person or something else entirely?  Whichever
        you are, schedule for that time your most intellectually
        demanding tasks.  If you're a morning person, for example,
        and one of your 'need to do' activities is to write a sales
        page for your website, allocate this task to your prime time.
        Then allocate your less intellectually demanding activities,
        such as reading and responding to email, to your off-peak
        time.

        Similarly, don't schedule your personal time for your prime
        time.  Again, if you're a morning person, schedule your hour
        lying out in the sun for mid-afternoon, your 'off-peak'
        time.

        By making strategic use of your time in this way you will be
        making the most efficient use of your prime time while STILL
        being able to do the things that YOU enjoy, and on a daily
        basis!

        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 the 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 the 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 the time
        while you're lying out in the 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 the sun for a while later on.  That's what I should be
        doing!  So, you get annoyed with yourself, and become
        generally irritable.  Which, of course, just blocks the
        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 the 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 the angst.  Identify priority tasks,
        strategically allocate times of the day to each task
        depending on how intellectually demanding they are, and
        exercise personal DISCIPLINE to do the right thing right and
        at the right time.

        -> Concentrate on One Thing at a Time

        When you're doing the right thing at the 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, the 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 the gift of more time
        for yourself and your family.  So remember to turn it off
        too.  Give 100% of yourself to the task at hand during the
        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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