It’s easy to get off track and lose focus. Here are some of the ways I have been attempting to sharpen my focus and execution.


  • Time Warrior: How to defeat procrastination, people-pleasing, self-doubt, over-commitment, broken promises and chaos by Steve Chandler
    • Creating vs. Managing
  • Advanced Client Systems (ACS) program hosted by Steve Chandler
  • The Prosperous Coach: Increase Income and Impact for You and Your Clients by Steve Chandler and Rich Litvin
  • Three primary leaks I’m seeing steal my focus
    • Email
    • News
    • Social Media
  • Where do you waste time across a day?
  • Being conscious and intentional about the things I work on
  • Choosing “now” or “not now”
    • Once an email is open it has to be dealt with
    • You don’t leave your physical mail opened in your mailbox
  • The power of turning the email preview pane window off
    • Saves all kinds of distractions
    • Easier to delete junk
  • Thunderbird for email
  • Move tasks that are living in your inbox to your task management system
  • Managing all my tasks in Trello
    • Subscribe to the board (to get notifications)
    • Set due dates on important cards– email comes and I don’t delete it until I’ve dealt with the card
  • Setting up simple website blocking with entries to /etc/hosts
  • Using podcasts listening to get the news without the distractions
  • Scaling back social media noise
    • Cleaning up my follower list on Twitter
    • Turning off notification for Facebook group postings (reduces email)
    • LinkedIn
      • I would love to see more personal stuff here and less boring corporate blog posts about the latest product release
  • My archiving strategy and space saving with Dropbox
  • De-cluttering computer files
  • Be on the lookout for leaks in your own life

What can you do to plug the leaks and focus your time on things that matter?


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