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Gain More Control and Reduce the Stress

Have you ever heard the saying, “If you don’t know your destination, then any road will do?” In other words, if you don’t have a plan for your day, your day will have a plan for you.

It’s important to have a sense of calm and control over your daily activities. I continue to see that we are bombarded an overwhelming sense of loss of control and unhealthy levels of stress. If these challenges are part of your daily diet, then this post is for you.

In this article, I provide a real world tool that I designed and use to gain control in my life, reduce stress and contribute to my sense of daily achievement.

Read more on destroy | Distraction and download your free Weekly Time Block Worksheet.

4 Tips to Drop the Guilt of Overcommitment and Broken Promises

You’re productive. You get a lot of stuff done in a day. I do. But have you made a commitment to get something done and let it slip past you?

How many things you have started and not finished for one reason or another?

Pat (Smart Passive Income) sent a really great email to me today that was right on target with why I created destroy|Distraction in the first place. He opens his email with:

“Let’s face it. It’s extremely easy…

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3 Time Management Tools to Stay Focused

Between professional and personal responsibilities, it’s no wonder you are having a hard time staying focused. It seems distractions are everywhere, and a lot of them can make you think you are doing important work.

The one question you have to ask yourself is, “Am I on plan?”

It’s a clarifying question, and when you know the plan for that new product launch, customer deadline or even your upcoming family picnic it distills your decisions and helps you stay focused. But from time to time, it’s easy to get lost in the weeds, right?

Over the years, I’ve found a time management tools that really help me stay focused. Since this is a site dedicated to helping professionals like you stay focused and motivated, I thought I would share 3 of my favorite tools to help me manage my time most productively.

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Stay Focused: The Little Things That Matter

Do you ever feel a little overwhelmed – or a lot? Do the mountains of to-do’s seem overwhelming or the projects seem daunting?

Sanity comes from being able to maintain productivity in highly demanding environments. If you wonder about the magic of how people take on huge projects and complete them so effortlessly, there is a simple secret:

Take it apart and break your desired outcome into achievable parts, called milestones. This has three overall positive results:

  1. Sense of accomplishment: You feel like you are really in a zone of productivity when you can check off item after item you have completed.
  2. Ensures project success: By completing each milestone you take one step close to completing your quest while destroying possible obstacles to success.
  3. Lessen stress: In Aikido, I learned the phrase “Mizu no kokoro”, or mind like water. In simplest terms, the concept is that you react exactly like you should in the given situation. When you are able to focus and deliver results, it’s a great way to reduce the stress.

However, one key component of the “break-down” is that you maintain the context of your milestones in relation to your overall vision. That is, all of your roads (milestones) must lead you to Rome (your outcome). Get everything else out of the way, or set a time when you know you can focus.

“You’ve got to think about the big things while you’re doing the small things, so that the small things go in the right direction.” – Alivin Toffler

All too often, in our daily activities, we allow ourselves to lose focus of our vision and focus on the problems at hand. This causes us to replace our original goal with a smaller much less meaningful goal that was originally  stepping stone in our project; it just seems to find it’s way in!

It’s easy to get stuck in the proverbial weeds; When this happens, I’ve always found it best to step back and ask that clarifying question, “Why was I doing this again?”

Only when we overcome these tasks in the context of achieving our grander plan, do we feel as if we are truly progressing towards a path of accomplishment.

Stay Focused: The Little Things That Matter

The little things that matterDo you ever feel a little overwhelmed – or a lot? Do the mountains of to-do’s seem overwhelming or the projects seem daunting?

Sanity comes from being able to maintain productivity in highly demanding environments. If you wonder about the magic of how people take on huge projects and complete them so effortlessly, there is a simple secret:

Take it apart and break your desired outcome into achievable parts, called milestones. This has three overall positive results:

  1. Sense of accomplishment: You feel like you are really in a zone of productivity when you can check off item after item you have completed.
  2. Ensures project success: By completing each milestone you take one step close to completing your quest while destroying possible obstacles to success.
  3. Lessen stress: In Aikido, I learned the phrase “Mizu no kokoro”, or mind like water. In simplest terms, the concept is that you react exactly like you should in the given situation. When you are able to focus and deliver results, it’s a great way to reduce the stress.

However, one key component of the “break-down” is that you maintain the context of your milestones in relation to your overall vision. That is, all of your roads (milestones) must lead you to Rome (your outcome). Get everything else out of the way, or set a time when you know you can focus.

“You’ve got to think about the big things while you’re doing the small things, so that the small things go in the right direction.” – Alivin Toffler

All too often, in our daily activities, we allow ourselves to lose focus of our vision and focus on the problems at hand. This causes us to replace our original goal with a smaller much less meaningful goal that was originally  stepping stone in our project; it just seems to find it’s way in!

It’s easy to get stuck in the proverbial weeds; When this happens, I’ve always found it best to step back and ask that clarifying question, “Why was I doing this again?”

Only when we overcome these tasks in the context of achieving our grander plan, do we feel as if we are truly progressing towards a path of accomplishment.

FREE Time Management Tool: Download the Daily Focus Pad

Destroy Distraction Daily Focus Pad by ChangeForgeOf all the workplace productivity and time management tools I’ve tried over the years, I never could find one that had everything I needed in one spot. So I created my own called the Daily Focus Pad.

In their book, Rework (affiliate), Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson speak about creating their products to scratch their own itch. After such strong feedback from many of those who’ve been using the Daily Focus Pad, I decided to make it available for download with no strings attached.

It’s a super-easy way to prioritize your day, stay focused and stay motivated!

Many had signed up for my eBook, 7 Secrets to Destroy Your Daily Distractions: A Field Guide to Focusing Today!, and received the Daily Focus Pad. This is still available, but I’ve added a form-fillable PDF because so many of you had asked for it.

Keep the feedback coming, because I’m happy to keep helping everyone be effective and destroy the BIG ‘D’ — Distraction!

Download is freely available using this link. While you’re at, pay it forward and share it with a friend, too!

PS – I’ve been tinkering with the idea of creating an iPhone and Android app. Answer 2 simple questions to let me know if  you like the idea!