"Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're
going to
use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach
that goal, and
by maintaining focus."

-- Oprah Winfrey

by Bea Fields

Finding yourself overwhelmed and short on time? These ten tips will provide you with extra minutes and renewed focus.

1. Create a "Frequently Asked Questions" page for your company, website, family or community organization.

Do you find that people ask some of the same questions again and again? By posting a "Frequently Asked Questions" page, you will be able to answer questions quickly and reduce frustration.

2. Establish a firm "Worst In/First Out" Policy.

Each morning, make a list of your most undesirable tasks, and knock them out quickly. Make time on your schedule for this one activity every morning before the day gets moving.

3. Make a list of everything you wish to accomplish in the next hour with wildly colored markers.

By using large pieces of paper or poster board and wildly colored markers, you will find new energy in tackling your tough tasks.

4. Stand Up!

Spend 1 hour each day standing up to return phone calls, hold quick meetings, or work on your computer. The motion will speed up the process AND you will find that this new posture will break the boredom and create a surge of energy.

5. Let other people run with your ideas.

Delegating a new idea or project to others will add new life and new knowledge to an idea which may have you stuck and falling behind. Don't fall into the trap of "I have to do it all," or "I have to be it all."

6. Keep a stone or small glass object on your desk as a point of focus.

When your mind becomes cluttered, pick up the object, take ten deep breaths, and let your mind focus only on the object. This activity will clear the mind, allowing you to regain focus.

7. Be selective about who you hang out with.

Are you hanging out with people who are procrastinating, and who have a longer "to do" list than you do? If so, start spending time with people who can really "get the job done." The motivation of others can pull you forward with lightning speed.

8. Create templates for messages which you send over and over again.

If you find yourself answering the same e-mail multiple times, set up a template which can be forwarded. With a few simple changes, you will save yourself minutes, which can add up to hours.

9. Don't gossip.

Gossip can cause a lack of productivity. Negative talk and thinking and can slow down the completion of a project. Send the message to others that you have a "no gossip" policy, and stick with it!

10. Be devoted to a life of updating your skills.

The more you know, the more confident you will be and the quicker you will be able to make decisions.

Bea Fields can be reached at www.fivestarleader.com

Copyright 2000-2003 CoachVille, LLC

Wow! Bea has quite an extensive list of ideas to save time and build your focus. Many of these are very simple to incorporate into your daily routine. I have a shiny green stone on my desk that has the word "JOY" imprinted on it. This week I will use this as my point of focus.

And what will you do?

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