Last October I wrote an article called “Taking Action: Improving the Hustle One thing at a Time”. I wrote that two weeks prior to launching what is now a quickly growing web design & brand development business called Growth Effect, and while finishing off my book Driven To Learn, Learning to Win, just before its publication.
At the time, I was struggling with managing the amount of work I had on my plate. Truth is, it doesn’t even compare to what I have on my plate today. But today, I’m getting things done like never before.
Several things changed. For one, I maintained my commitment to stop multi-tasking and start applying better concentration to everything I was working on, on an individual-per task/project basis.
Prioritized Time Management
First and foremost I started allocating my time as if it was valuable (which it is). What that means for me is that I committed to spending my time on activities that were important (linked to my goals). In hindsight, some of the things that were keeping me busy in the past only had an illusion of importance–things that kept me busy but didn’t apply much weight in reaching my ‘forecasted‘ milestones.
The main area I was spending an insurmountable amount of time was reading blogs. I would read, then move on the next one to read. It got to the point where I was just reading a bunch but not taking a step back to apply anything. So basically, I was bombarding myself with information, but not giving myself time to take action. For me, in my reality, information is useless without action.
To be honest, this is a common thread online –we have so much information that we can spend all of our time simply learning, and always thinking we need to learn more. But if we don’t take action and incorporate and test what we learn into our life, then it’s all for nothing–a big waste of time.
Finally it clicked for me. I realized that people that are successful in ways that I want to be successful don’t spend hours every day reading blogs–they spend hours taking orchestrated and atomic action.
Understand When I’m at my Best
The next important change I made was committing to understand what controllable variables I perform the best under. What I discovered is that I work best under organized conditions and in sprints of about 15 minutes. Learning that I’m at my best in 10 to 15 minute bursts, followed by a 3-5 minute break, made me more at ease and decreased my urge to multi-task.
What I do now could be described as planned multitasking. I work on my main task for no longer than 15 minutes and then to free my mind from that task, instead of mentally venturing off as I did in the past–I now take a 3-5 minute break and focus on something else that I planned ahead of time. This allows me to work on two things, in an orchestrated fashion–with an efficient and quality-based approach.
I don’t know if this type of system could work for everyone, but for me, the intervals help calm my ever-wondering mind and keeps me on course. I have a short attention span at times, and this helps me stay on course.
Fully Committed To Winning
These two critical changes have allowed me to excel in my corporate job, more than ever, while keeping up with the incline of Growth Effect. The workload is significant most of the time, but I believe that’s part of the cost to reach big goals.
As a result to applying what I’ve shared here and staying committed to winning and discovering the areas in my life where I need to make adjustments, I’ve experienced an increase in income; less burden’some feelings from my workload; and more enjoyment in doing my work (especially with Growth Effect).
Are You Doing Yourself Justice?
I ask myself this question often these days. I question myself to keep myself accountable.
At Random times, I’ll ask myself (in 3rd person):
Are you spending your time as if it’s valuable? If time were money, would you still spend it the same way? Are you wasting time and avoiding taking action by creating false illusions of importance? Are you giving yourself time to apply what you learn?
I ask the same questions to you…Are you doing yourself justice?
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