Welcome back to Day 2 of the Get Productive Series! If you haven’t watched Day 1 yet, I would encourage you to do so: Day 1 Get Productive. Today I have both an important video and a key PDF download for you. Today’s exercise should not take you any longer than 10-15 minutes to complete.
We live in a society that pushes us to do more. The more plates you can spin at work, the more valuable you become. Job security has boiled down to just say yes to everything. The problem comes in when we are a jack of all trades and master of none. We are spread out so thin that we have no major fingerprint anywhere.
By deciding on your key areas of focus, you can grab the steering wheel of your life and decide the direction that you want to go. Watch the video below to see the step by step process I used to determine my 6 areas of focus.
Ok, so do you see the power yet in limiting your focus? In the days ahead, you are going to feel some serious momentum by limiting your options. 7 Habits, The Power of Less, and the 18 Minutes Focus Book all agree that limiting your focus helps you to get more done.
Get It Done Daily Task – Areas of Focus PDF
Take a moment and download the Areas of Focus PDF. Print it off and write down what you believe are the 6 areas of focus. You can choose both personal and professional areas. This task is not my original idea. It comes from the 18 minutes focus book, which we will be referring to throughout the program.
Here is a preview of the PDF here:
In an effort to help you, I am going to share with you my 6 areas of focus. I spent 95% of my day in these areas:
- Sharpen the Saw – the first box for my is my personal development box. I believe in the “lead self, lead others” philosophy. The sharpen the saw philosophy comes from the 7 habits book. You will be more productive with a sharp saw. In order to sharpen your saw, you need regular time for renewal in areas such as spiritual, physical, and mental.
- Family – family is very important to me. I never want to be too busy for them. The only way to make it happen is to schedule in night’s out, weekend trips, and summer vacations.
- Content Creator – I could also put writer here but it is even bigger than that for me. I also create products like this one and I just completed a blogging course that has over 40+ videos on gaining traffic and making money.
- Blog Manager – One of my goals in the next year is to transition this entire role over to a VA. For now, it is mine to keep. I currently own and contribute to 10+ blogs on a regular basis. I need to spend time here to keep my blogs growing.
- Church Work – I also spend part of my week working at my local church. More than anything, I do this because I have a passion for it. Before I started blogging I didn’t have time to dedicate to the church. It feels great to spend time each week investing in others.
- Other 5% – I stole this category from the 18 minutes book. You do not have to use it, but for me it is a good reminder that the unexpected will show up in life. I just want to do my best to limit the amount of time I spend there.
There you have it. Your areas of focus may look much different than mine, but go ahead and get started. Tomorrow we will build upon what we have done here.