We often hear people saying how busy they are. It feels as though it’s something that they like to brag about. Perhaps a mistaken belief that being busy makes them important or successful. The perception is that the busier they are, the more important they are. The more they are getting done. Is this true? I don’t think so.
Probably, they are also the people who probably achieve the least. Arrange a one to one meeting with them and they will arrive late or text you at the last minute to re-arrange because they’re suddenly too busy to meet up today. You might find they are unfocused in the meeting, distracted. I find this hard to relate too, I don’t understand why anyone would believe that being overwhelmed and inefficient is something to boast about.
Josh Billings is not a well known name today, but in the late 19th century he was a well known humorist. His advice on this is simply
“Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing till you get there.”
It’s so true. Results and impact are directly determined by how narrow you and I can make our focus. Always remember to spend your valuable time on what will have a result, think return on investment. You are a resource.
Sticking to one simple task, not trying to juggle fifty things at once. Most people think just the opposite. They think big success has to be time consuming and extremely complicated. They have full calendars and overloaded with to-dos.
Most to-do lists are more of a justification list or survival list. Their real intention is to help us achieve our goals. Save yourself the hassle and stress of trying to tackle too much at once.
Take it slow
Take it slow and steady, tackle one job at a time. Finish each one, before moving on to the next.
If you’re thinking about building your own business, then you must focus. Don’t fall into the trap of chasing every new gadget or product that comes onto the market.
Get yourself a proven system and stick with it.