Summer Maximization Strategy #8
With the temperatures in Texas just about to hit the century mark for the first time this summer, we’ve been taking the opportunity to enjoy the relatively benign weather as a family. Which has meant that I have had to be particularly diligent and massively productive during the time I’ve spent working. This series, the Summer Maximization Series, is all about how to get the most out of your summer from a business standpoint, so you can enjoy more personal fun!
As I discussed in previous posts, it is important to know what it is you want and be fearless in your pursuit of productivity so you can get what you want. I’ve noticed a recurring theme in my coaching calls the summer, and without a doubt it is “secondary activity.” My clients have been sidetracked and sidelined by secondary activity, those tasks and challenges that pop up against us when we least expect them, on a pretty consistent basis. It seems just when you declare you are going to get, and remain, focused and productive like never before, unseen forces rise up to test your will and commitment.
So, you might be wondering, “What is the antidote for getting sidetracked?” I will tell you the best, most effective, and most efficient way to regain focus and momentum is to train yourself like you train a new puppy: reward good behavior, and redirect bad behavior. When you find yourself distracted or losing focus, immediately hop back on the productivity train. Shut down Facebook, put your phone on silent, and do the next, most-important task on your list. Don’t let a temporary situation impact the outcomes you set for yourself. Of course if you’re not sure what your primary activities are supposed to be, refer back in the series to summer maximization strategy number two. Recommit to your goals and outcomes, and get going.
Contrary to popular belief, it is just as easy to get back on track as it is to lose focus and get off track. All you must do is make the decision, and take the action. It’s that simple!
Have a great week!