I recently learned an INCREDIBLY simple exercise you can do to increase your focus from Dan Henry.
It’s called “The Circle of Focus”.
It works like this:
1. Take out a piece of paper and draw a circle:
2. Think about your BIGGEST goal that currently needs the most of your focus. Write down the #1 strategy you are using to accomplish that goal in the circle. This represents 100% of your focus.
3. Ask yourself if you are doing ANYTHING ELSE that isn’t related to the strategy you drew in the circle. If there is, draw a line down the middle of the circle, and write down the other thing on the other side of the circle. If you added something else, now each thing you are working on now represents 50% of your focus... instead of the first part having 100% focus:
4. Repeat step #4 with anything else that currently requires your time and attention related to your goal.
What you’ll realize is that the more things you add, the more your “circle of focus” starts looking like a Pizza.
If it looks like a pizza, that means you aren’t focused, and you’re trying to do too many things at once...
... and you’ll go nowhere.
Nowhere fast that is.
The secret to achieving your goals is to clear your circle so that you only have one thing in it at a time.
Once you’ve MASTERED what’s in that circle, you can then delegate it to someone else to manage what’s in the circle.
After that, you are free to work on another circle.
Very little progress is ever going to be made if you’re going a mile wide and an inch deep.
Instead, go an inch wide and a mile deep.
Best of luck!