Wednesday, 27 January 2010

How focused are you?

Stop a moment to consider what you are working on. Look at your work and take a few minutes to consider:
  1. Is what you are working on brining you closer to your goals?
  2. Is it in your plan?
  3. Are you confident that what you are doing is the right thing to be doing right now?
  4. Are you able to measure how well you are doing with the task?
If the answer to any of those questions was “no” then there is a good chance you were not fully focused on whatever you were doing. If you answered “yes” to those questions, you would know, without any doubt, that what you are working on is important, urgent, and exciting.

Being super-motivated to achieve a goal requires a good plan, broken down into do-able tasks that move you closer and closer to what you want. Your plan enables you to figure out, in advance, what needs to be done and by when so you can always be ahead of your deadlines. By making your work measurable and quantifiable, you can monitor your progress and know whether you are on track.

Being super-focused on an activity is a wonderful thing, and when a whole team is focused to achieve something important work can be truly fulfilling. Metrics and data help you keep focused on what is important, and ensure you stay on track with your most important objectives.

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