Focused or Frazzled today?
I have to share a major learning point with everyone today. And starts with this question…
Are you Focused or Frazzled today?
The answer can make a difference in what you accomplish and what gets done that is important. And this can be the answer to your current mental state.
Focused means you are doing the most important things on your list of things to do. Oh, did I mention that focused people have a to do list that is prioritized relative to importance? You see, this is how focused people get focused. They understand the rules – and the rule that counts is doing what is necessary to accomplish things in life. These include personal and professional priorities.
The key to your overall success is remaining focused upon what you believe is important. Staying focused means you are doing something to accomplish the priority today. A major benefit from this action is – you feel good about YOU! This is important also because the more you accomplish the more valuable you feel about yourself.
At the other end is being Frazzled, which is a nice word for being major league stressed. The major cause of being frazzled is the feeling of being overwhelmed. There is too much on your mind – in fact, you have so many thoughts you have difficulty deciding where to begin.
Create a Master To Do List
The state of Frazzle is a direct byproduct of NO TO DO LIST. If you are serious about leaving the world of stress and frazzle – then sit down with a piece of paper (okay computer if you must!) and write out everything you want to accomplish. This could be a rather long list if you have a creative mind.
The first time I set down to create my Master To Do List, it took over an hour and four pages of legal-sized paper. No wonder I felt stressed at the time. I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of projects needing my attention. After writing the list, I then pulled out the most important five. For me, that meant the ones with the fastest payback relative to my time and energy.
Once I had accomplished my short list, I created another using the master list as my guide. Today, I carry a Master To Do List with me and I can refer to it whenever I need it for closure. Again, the key is to prioritize your lists using the criteria most important to you.
In summary, you want to have a prioritized list of things- you want – to accomplish today or this week (some time management guru’s say that having a weekly to do list is better – you decide what works best for you.) . Start your day by focusing on the most important priority and stay on it until it is done. It is that simple.
Again, the benefits of staying focused during the day is all about you feeling good about yourself. You gain the feeling of accomplishment, of feeling worthy and valuable. Your self esteem and self confidence improve and you feel great.
Which emotion are you feeling today? Life is all about the choices you make. Stay focused and feel the good.
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