Laser in on Maintaining Focus

Published Thursday, July 01, 2010 8:46 AM

Veteran management consultant David Allen opens his bestselling book Getting Things Done with a bold statement: "It's possible for a person to have an overwhelming number of things to do and still function productively with a clear head and a positive sense of relaxed control."

Allen runs a productivity training and publishing empire. He might well be considered a man with an overwhelming to-do list. But clearly he is able to maintain focus and be productive. He's not alone.

In my search for strategies for improving focus and beating procrastination I've absorbed a lot of valuable advice. One of my favorite tips is David Allen's Two-Minute Rule. If your to-do list has a crucial task that can be done in two minutes or less, get it over with, freeing up your time and mind for the long term.

While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to maintaining focus, I've collected some resources offering useful tips.  Read on and see if any of the strategies click:

My own road-tested advice from nearly 20 years in marketing and management for global business leaders including Esselte is to keep your focus simple and clear. When goals and objectives are easily understood, you can avoid the thickets of distraction along the path to success.

How do you keep focus? Is there a tip or technique that has made a difference for you? Share your thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders Community's Facebook and Twitter pages.

by Candie Harris


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