As the new year is now well underway ... I want to hone in on a few specific goals and actions for the year.
First up, my thoughts lately have been about productivity.
The first principle of productivity -- and this is supported by years of research that I may talk about in a future message -- is a 13 letter word, namely: concentration.
If you can't concentrate for prolonged periods of time you'll fall victim to distractions ... and ... never reach worthwhile goals.
So how do you improve your powers of concentration?
One way is to approach your goals for the year through the following 4 filters:
1. What will you start doing this year to reach your goals?
2. What will you stop doing?
3. What will you do less of?
4. What will you do more of?
If you sincerely work through these 4 filters ... and ...
... if you act on the answers you receive ...
... you will find your life takes on a new level of focus that will steer you to your goals like a sea captain on a ship steering his vessel to port.
For example, when I asked myself the question "What will I do less of?" the thought came to me to reduce the amount of email newsletters I read. To do this I simply need to unsubscribe to some of the ezine subscriptions I opted in to.
Unsubscribing will reduce the time I spend reading emails and give me more time to concentrate on the people and actions that will move me toward my goals.
A word of warning: As you answer these questions you may not like some of the answers. Nevertheless, the sooner you agree to act on your answers the sooner you can move your life forward.
A wise person once said, "You can't change your life, you can only change things in your life. When you change things in your life your life changes too."
By elimination distractions that do not move you in the direction of your goals you eliminate some of the barriers to your success.
This frees you up to spend greater amounts of time concentrating on your goals and the activities that will ensure you achieve them.
About the Author of this post: Michael Low specialises in helping companies reach their true profit potential, typically by accessing hidden profit opportunities in existing marketing and sales processes.